Adele is an “incredibly proud London girl” after scooping two prizes at last night’s (21.02.12) BRIT Awards.
The 23-year-old singer – who claimed six prizes at the Grammy awards last weekend – took home the first and last awards of the evening, Best Female Solo Artist and the coveted Mastercard British Album of the Year, for 21.
Speaking afterwards, Adele said: “It’s phenomenal, the success of this album, where it’s gone and where it’s taken me has just been amazing. It seems to have done it all on its own as well.
“I’m very much a London girl, always will be, never gonna leave, always gonna be in the UK, so I’m incredibly proud.”
Despite her happiness, Adele made an obscene gesture after her acceptance speech because her second award was cut short, but she insisted she did not want to offend her fans.
She said: “I’d like to say, I got cut off during my speech for Best Album and I flung the middle finger. But that finger was to the suits at the BRIT Awards, not to my fans.
“I was about to thank the British public for their support and they cut me off, and I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me.”
Also picking up two awards was Ed Sheeran, who took home Best Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act, wile Coldplay scooped British group.
Bruno Mars and Rihanna were named International Male and Female artist respectively, while Foo Fighters were honoured with International Group.
Blur – who picked up the Outstanding Contribution to Music honour – closed the ceremony, while other performers included Rihanna, Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds (featuring Coldplay’s Chris Martin on keyboard), Olly Murs and Rizzle Kicks, and Ed Sheeran.
Those BRIT Awards 2012 Winners in Full:
Best Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran
Best Female Solo Artist: Adele
British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran
British Group: Coldplay
British Single: One Direction – What Makes You Beautiful
Mastercard British Album of the Year: Adele – 21
International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars
International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna
International Group: Foo Fighters
International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Ray
Critics’ Choice: Emeli Sande
British Producer: Ethan Johns
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Blur