Brit Awards host James Corden has admitted he’s “upset” he was forced to cut Adele’s speech short after the singer won the Mastercard British Album Of The Year gong at tonight’s ceremony (February 21).
The Tottenham soul singer flipped her middle finger after the Gavin And Stacy star interrupted her stint at the winners’ podium in order to allow Blur to kick off their show-closing set – scroll down and click below to view footage of the fiasco.
Speaking after the show on ITV2, Corden admitted: “I don’t understand quite why I was made to [cut her short].” He continued:
I was having the best night of my life and then I had to cut Adele off before she’s even had chance to say thank you. She’s the biggest star in the world. I don’t understand what happened but I’m upset about it.
Visibly agitated, Corden added: “Blur played for 11 minutes and she didn’t get chance to say thank you once.”
Adele has also commented on the incident, stating that her gesture was aimed at “the suits, not the fans”.
The incident came at the end of a triumphant night for the Tottenham soul singer, who also scooped the British Solo Female Artist gong and made her live return with a performance of ‘Rolling In The Deep’.
Ed Sheeran was the other big winner on the night, walking away with British Breakthrough Act and British Male Solo Artist. Coldplay picked up the British Group gong after opening the show with a performance of ‘Charlie Brown’. Their frontman Chris Martin later joined Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on piano as they played ‘AKA… What A Life!’.
Other performers on the night included Florence And The Machine, who played ‘No Light, No Light’, Rihanna and Bruno Mars, while there were also video tributes to Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
The full list of winners was as follows:
British Female Solo Artist
International Male Solo Artist
One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’
International Female Solo Artist
British Male Solo Artist
British Breakthrough Act
International Breakthrough Act
Lana Del Rey
Mastercard British Album Of The Year
Adele – ’21’
Critics’ Choice Award
Outstanding Contribution To Music