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Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Adele flips off ‘suits’ at Brit Awards

Adele accepts her Best Album Award at the Brit Awards 2012. (Dave Hogan - Getty Images)
Note to awards shows: Don’t cut Adele off when she’s making an acceptance speech. Because, as the Brit Awards learned yesterday, the “Rolling in the Deep” diva is not going to step award from the mic quietly.

While the songstress was accepting the award for best album, her second win of the night, the show’s host came over to ask her to stop speaking so Blur could play. An indignant Adele said, “Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round,” and then raised her middle finger. The crowd booed.

Backstage, Adele clarified who the gesture was for (via The Sun): “I flipped the finger, but it wasn’t to my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone, it was the suits that offended me.”

ITV, the Brit Awards’ broadcaster, in turn apologized to Adele, according to the Associated Press.

Rapper M.I.A. gave the same obscene gesture during Madonna’s halftime show at the Super Bowl, sparking quite a faux-troversy. (Madge was not amused by the “out of place” move.)

Adele had no reason to raise her middle finger at the Grammys earlier this month, where she was given as much time as she needed to accept the award for album of the year. The statue was one of six the Vogue covergirl took home that night.

Watch video of Adele’s Brit Awards moment here. See moments from the show below.

By  |  08:39 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Categories:  Celebrities | Tags:  Adele, Brit Awards

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