Adele strop at Brits

The music industry failed to reel back in astonishment as Adele picked up the prizes for best British female artist and best British album at the Brits Awards. Instead a grateful industry thanked the big-voiced chanteuse for pretty much rescuing them from bankruptcy.

With her appearances at the Grammys and the Brits, Adele made an impressive return to live performance after her medical problems. She performed her hit Rolling In The Cash, sorry, Rolling In The Deep to an ecstatic reception.

Her considerable self-esteem was a little wounded later in the ceremony, when host James Corden cut off her gushing acceptance speech in full flow to introduce Blur. Adele was visibly affronted.

"I flipped the finger," she admitted, "but it wasn't to my fans. I'm sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me. Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don't want them to think I was swearing at them."

Corden was embarrassed by the incident. "I just feel bad about having to cut Adele off," he said. "I don't understand what happened but I'm upset about it. Blur get to play for 11 minutes and she gets to say thank you once."

Blur might have been a little bemused by the reverence attached to the Brit School graduate who moans about her tax bills. When they were first recognised at the Brits 17 years ago the event was a drunken shindig for the sparring stars of Britpop rather than an extended marketing exercise.

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