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Adele was (unsurprisingly) a big winner at the BRIT Awards 2012, winning British Female Solo Artist and Mastercard British Album Of The Year for '21'.

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Unfortunately, Adele's acceptance speech was cut short by host James Corden - so she flipped her middle finger in protest. Speaking after the incident, Corden told ITV2: "I'm upset I was forced to interrupt Adele's Brit Awards speech".

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You can read our thoughts in the bird flipping incident here - let us know if you think Adele was right.

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Ed Sheeran also took home two awards - British Male Solo Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

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Blur closed the Brit Awards with a triumphant five-song set. They picked up this year's Outstanding Contribution To Music award before kicking off their set - the longest show-closer in the history of the awards - with 'Girls & Boys'.

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After moving on to an energetic 'Song 2', they were then joined by comic Phil Daniels for 'Parklife'.

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Blur also played 'Tender' with a 32-piece gospel choir and closed their set with 'This Is A Low'.

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"The last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened on that night had a very profound effect on our lives," frontman Damon Albarn told the crowd after collecting their award.

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'Video Games' songstress Lana Del Rey took home the International Breakthrough Act.

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Rihanna celebrates her victory in the International Female Solo Artist category.

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Rihanna performed hit single 'We Found Love' at the event.

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Jack Whitehall and Jessie J presented Bruno Mars with his award for International Male Solo Artist.

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Florence And The Machine brought their song ‘No Light No Light' to the O2 stage.

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Noel Gallagher and Chris Martin collaborated on a rendition of High Flying Birds track 'AKA... What A Life'.

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Kylie Minogue was in attendance, as well, presenting the Best British Female to Adele.

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Olly Murs performed his BRIT nominated track 'Heart Skips A Beat' at the ceremony (although the song failed to pick up any awards).

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British Group winners Coldplay accept their award.

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Coldplay kicked off the ceremony with a performance of 'Charlie Brown' - completing the set with fireworks.

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The British Single award went to One Direction for their song 'What Makes You Beautiful'.

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Ed Sheeran played his song 'Lego House' during the ceremony.

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The International Male Solo Artist award went to Bruno Mars.

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Amongst the many performances of the evening, Bruno Mars played his song 'Just the Way You Are'.

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Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor presented the award for International Group to Foo Fighters.

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will.i.am and Rob Brydon awarded Lana Del Rey with the International Breakthrough Act prize.

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Noel Gallagher hits the BRIT Awards red carpet.

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During Lana Del Rey's acceptance speech, she said: "This award means much more to me than you know and I just wanna say that without the support of everyone is this room and everyone in the UK I’d really be lost so thank you, I love you."

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Awards show veteran Adele hits the red carpet.

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The Vaccines arrive at the O2 Arena.

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Elbow were nominated for best British Group, but lost to Coldplay.

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Tinie Tempah was spotted arriving at the BRIT Awards 2012.

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Kylie Minogue arrives at the ceremony to present the award for Best British Female.

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Jessie J hits the red carpet in a matching red gown.

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The Best British Male award was introduced by Plan B.

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JLS were nominated for Best British Single for their song (featuring Dev) 'She Makes Me Wanna'.

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Alexandra Burke shows up at the O2 Arena.

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Dizzee Rascal keeps warm as he hits the red carpet.

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Hurts looked stylish as ever.

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Anna Calvi was nominated for British Breakthrough Act, but lost to Ed Sheeran.

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Aloe Blacc was up for two awards, International Male Solo Artist and International Breakthrough Act (although he didn't take home either).

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Pixie Lott was up for best British Single for her track 'All About Tonight'.

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Maverick Sabre also attended the BRIT Awards 2012.

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Professor Green was up for best British Male Solo Artist (but lost to Ed Sheeran).

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Comedian/actor Jack Whitehall presented the best International Male award with Jessie J.

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Cover Drive arrive at the ceremony.

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Former Spice Girl Emma Bunton was also spotted arriving at the big event.

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Blur rehearse for their reunion gig earlier in the day.

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Chase And Status are nominated for the British Group category this year, facing some tough competition from Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, Elbow and Kasabian.

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Florence And The Machine practice their set for the evening's performance.

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Jo Whiley arrives at the O2.

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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds take a practice run for their performance.

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Although not nominated for anything this year, Lianne La Havas shows some support for the nominees.

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Mr. Hudson (in a very shiny suit) arrives on the red carpet.

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Actor/rapper Adam Deacon is amongst the many attendees.

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Fearne Cotton keeps it simple at the BRIT Awards 2012.

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South East London trio StooShe make a colourful red carpet debut.

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Olly Murs is up for British Single this year (for his collab with Rizzle Kicks).

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Military Wives Choir are also nominated for the British Single award this year for their song 'Wherever You Are'. It stands a pretty decent chance at winning, since it took the latest Christmas No. 1 single spot.

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American Singer-songwriter Christina Perri arrives at the 2012 BRIT Awards.

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Possibly tthe most exciting moment surrounding this year's BRITs has been the reunion performance from Blur.

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Rizzle Kicks arrive to find out if they've won the British Single award for their 'Heart Skips A Beat' collaboration with Olly Murs.

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Emeli Sandé has been nominated for the British Breakthrough Act category. She has also won this year's Critics' Choice Award (beating Maverick Sabre and Michael Kiwanuka).

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International Breakthrough Act nominees Foster The People arrive on the red carpet. They're up against acts including Lana Del Rey and Nicki Minaj.

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Florence Welch arrives at the O2. This year, Florence has been nominated for British Female Solo Artist and MasterCard British Album Of The Year (for 'Ceremonials').

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Ed Sheeran arrives on the red carpet. The singer is up for four awards this year: British Male Solo Artist, British Breakthrough Act, British Single ('The A Team') and MasterCard British Album of the Year ('+').

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Leigh Francis, aka Keith Lemon, show his partiotic support at the BRIT Awards 2012.

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Semi-lovable buffoon James Corden is the host of the 2012 Brit Awards, which takes place tonight (February 21) at The O2 in London.

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Blur are set to pick up the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at tonight's Brit Awards, along with playing an 11 minute, 5-track set. We're curious which tracks they'll be selecting - click here to join in the discussion.

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We've created an infographic revealing which nominated acts are generating the biggest social buzz, which predicts that Coldplay and Jessie J will be the big winners of the night.

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But that doesn't mean we agree with the numbers and the hype - check out our predictions for each category in tonight's BRIT Awards.

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If you're not really interested in the classic categories like Best New Band, then why not take a gander at our alternate categories suggestions?

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As the big event draws near, we've taken a look at past BRIT Awards - here are the 10 worst decisions at the BRITS ever, at least in our opinions.

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To stay up to date on all the latest news on the BRIT Awards, be sure to check nme.com/topic/brit-awards for NME's full event coverage.

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