British singer Adele flips off award show for interrupting speech

Thursday, 23 February 2012 16:09
adele020812_optBY BOB HOLT

At the Brit Awards on Tuesday night in London, singer Adele had her own Super Bowl moment.

Not long after hip-hop’s M.I.A. gave the middle finger at the Super Bowl halftime show, Adele threw one up after being cut off in the middle of her acceptance speech for Best British Album of the Year.

According to the Telegraph, Adele began her speech, “Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then winning album of the year. I'm so proud to be flying the British flag for all of you.” But then she was cut off by host James Corden

United Kingdom network ITV said in a statement, according to the BBC: "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the program was running over and we had to move on. We would like to apologize to Adele for the interruption."

Adele just won six Grammy Awards on Feb. 12 in Los Angeles, and her album 21 has sold 17 million copies worldwide and reached the number one position in 24 countries. She sang Rolling in the Deep at the Brits.

Backstage, the British singer said, according to the Telegraph, "I flung the middle finger at the suits, not the fans. Sorry if I offended anyone, but the people in suits offended me.”

Mail Online reported that Adele was moved along to make time for band Blur, who had earlier won the Outstanding Contribution Award. Blur performed three songs for eleven minutes.

Incidentally, Blur’s frontman Damon Albarn made the longest acceptance speech of the night.