Adele gives the finger at BRIT Awards

Forced offstage before finishing speech, Adele expressed disdain with middle finger

Tue 21 Feb 2012

Forced offstage before finishing her speech, Adele expressed her disdain with her middle finger

We all know award shows are tough to time: a live television broadcast is often muddled with unforeseen circumstances. Timing is never right and speeches often run long. But when you're giving out the award for the biggest category of the night - in this case, British Album of the Year (at... the BRITs!) - you might want to leave a little time for the acceptance speech. 

Adele was afforded no such luxury. BRIT Awards 2012 host James Corden was as polite as humanly possible - he uttered an apology as he cut off the 22-year-old world phenonmenon (and recent winner of six Grammys). But Adele understandably didn't take kindly to being booted off stage. As she made her forced exit, she flashed the audience the finger, showing her disdain for not being given her moment to shine. 

Of course, the timing was key, as Outstanding Contribution to British music award winners Blur were just about to take the stage to close the prestigious awards. 

Commenting on the incident, Adele 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, so thank you very much for all your support."

We only hope Adele is out partying now to celebrate tonight's two BRITs. 

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