Adele steals the show at 2016 BRIT Awards

Thu Feb 25, 2016 6:36am EST
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By Jemima Kelly

LONDON (Reuters) - British singer Adele stole the show on Wednesday evening at the 2016 BRIT Awards in London, making a triumphant return to the star-studded ceremony as she picked up four trophies, including the coveted "album of the year" award.

The BRIT Awards, held in London's O2 arena, are the mainstream British music industry's most prestigious awards ceremony, having been held every year since 1982. On the bill at this year's bash were international stars Rihanna and Justin Bieber, as well as home-grown artists James Bay and Coldplay.

Adele's "25" album missed out on a Grammy nomination because its November release date made it ineligible for this year's awards, so the BRITs gave the British songstress her first major award show recognition for her third studio album, which became the best-selling album of 2015.

"To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely – thank you so much," said Adele, dressed in a floor-length red gown, as she picked up her first award of the night for best British female. Her previous album, "21", was released four years earlier.

The London-born singer also scooped awards for best British female, best British single, and the "BRITs Global Success" award. She was the only artist or group to receive more than one award at the ceremony.

After a shaky and out-of-key performance at the Grammys earlier in the month, after which Adele said she cried all day, she closed the show with an accomplished rendition of "When We Were Young", a song from "25", having changed into a star-spangled glittery gown before her performance.

Adele also said she wanted to "publicly support" American pop star Kesha, who alleges that her former music producer, "Dr. Luke", raped and emotionally manipulated her. Dr. Luke, whose real name is Lukasz Gottwald, denies the allegations.

A judge ruled last week that Kesha could not be released from her six-album recording contract with Sony Music.   Continued...

British singer and songwriter Adele accepts the award for best British female solo artist at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, Britain February 24, 2016. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth