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.
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.