It was a case of deja vu at the Brit Awards in London. A week after picking up six Grammys, soul singer Adele triumphed with two more on home turf: winning the prize for best British female artist and best British album.
The awards were hardly a surprise: her album “21” was last year’s best-selling record, with global sales of 17 million.
“I’m so proud to be British and to be flying the flag and I’m so proud to be in the room with all of you,” she told the captivated audience at London’s O2 arena.
There was controversy when her acceptance speech was cut short as the event was running overtime.
The singer was seen giving a one-finger gesture which she later said was aimed at the ‘suits’ and not her fans, who she said were ‘amazing’.
Adele’s performance again allayed fears over her voice as she gave another rousing rendition of her anthem “Rolling In The Deep”.
Adele was not the only act to pick up two awards. With the most nominations, Ed Sheeran won best British male artist and British breakthrough.
The 21-year-old singer-songwriter took centre stage to celebrate a rapid rise to success with a performance of his song “Lego House”.
One Direction won the best Single for their hit ‘What Makes You Beautiful’.
There were also awards for Coldplay, winning best British group for a record third time, and international awards for Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Foo Fighters.