By Natalie Clark
On Tuesday, music royalty came together for the 32nd BRIT Awards in Earls Court, London. As expected, there was drama, booze and music as far as the eye could see.
We were treated to knockout performances from Adele, Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Florence + The Machine, some performances we’d rather try and forget (sorry Olly Murs…) and a red carpet of outfits that definitely turned our heads.
Adele and Lana Del Rey both embodied old Hollywood glamour, whilst Rihanna and Holly Willoughby showed off ample cleavage wearing dresses with plunging necklines. Not to be conservative, Jessie J, wore a sheer red number, that showed off enough skin that we were almost grateful she had donned a pair of scarlet knickers to conceal what was left of her modesty. Made in Chelsea star Mille Mackintosh wowed in a stunning emerald strapless gown whilst debuting her new relationship with nominee Professor Green. Little Mix’s, the latest X Factor winners, ensemble was over the top and loud, just like their hair. They looked like they couldn’t decide what to wear and so went with all of it.
2012 was the year of the balladeer, with Adele scooping the awards for Best Album and British Female, and Ed Sheeran picking up Best British Male and British Breakthrough Act.
American songstress Lana Del Rey collected a Brit for International Breakthrough, whilst Rihanna, Bruno Mars and Coldplay also won awards.
Perhaps both surprisingly and also a little expected (as it was voted for by an army of loyal female fans), One Direction swooped from under Adele’s power-song ‘Someone Like You’ the award for British Single, with their debut song, ‘What Makes You Beautiful.’
However, when the group collected their award, voted for by listeners at radio station Capital FM, they embarrassingly slipped up by thanking all the people at number one rival Radio 1, for casting their votes. Perhaps it was the copious supply of champagne at the teenagers table that can excuse their ignorance, but an apology from the band’s PR was issued pretty speedily.
The big shocker of the night was during Adele’s acceptance speech. In the climax to the evenings events, the singer was cut off by host James Corden, who was told by producers they were out of time and needed to race to Blur’s finale (the band won Outstanding Contribution to Music).
After saying, ‘Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys, then coming to the Brits and winning Album of the Year. I am so, so proud to be British and to be flying the flag and to be in the same room as all of you,’ she then went on to abruptly finish her speech with, ‘Can I just say, then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round,’ and with that, she flicked her middle finger upward, with a definite scowl accompanying it.
The reaction to this frankly lewd and professional gesture was even more of a shock, as rather than Adele making an official apology to her fans and viewers, it was in fact the Brits organisers that did the groveling.
A spokesperson said : “We send our deepest apologies. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement.” Furthermore, ITV added:”‘Unfortunately, the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption.”
It does go to show how much of a hold Adele has over the music industry. As Chris Martin of Coldplay put it mildly after the awards, “After all the highs, it ended the evening on a kind of weird note.”