Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Adele shares her support for Kesha in emotional Brits speech

rexfeatures_5593469fs.jpg

In case you weren't glued to your TV last night, we can firmly say Adele stole the show at the 2016 Brit Awards, winning four prizes including best British female solo artist and best album.

And of course, her speeches were the talk of the night.

The star was brought to tears as she received a 'global success' award which was presented by a video of British astronaut Tim Peake toasting to her worldwide triumph.

"I can't work out if I'm crying because of that video or because Tim Peake did it! My kid is going to think I'm so cool," she said.

In the height of the moment Tottenham-born singing sensation uttered a few expletives, but ITV broadcasters accidentally muted the wrong part of her speech during the live broadcast.

"That was really amazing and I'm honestly...you're probably getting fucking bored of me [muted text]. I honestly can't tell you, to come back, I got really lost for a while. I didn't know if I'd ever come back. And for you all to be so kind to me is so nice."

Later as she received best album award for 25, she said, "I'm really sorry about swearing earlier and I'm sorry for the ugly cry face".

Earlier that evening, the star accepted her award for best British female solo artist and used the platform to publicly share her support for Kesha, an American singer who in court this week was denied request to end a contract with her producer Dr Luke who allegedly physically and sexually assaulted her. 

“To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much,” said Adele.

“And to all the other girls that are nominated, Thank you for letting me be in your company. You’re all incredible, you’re all amazing and it’s a privilege to be alongside you.”

After thanking her management and record label “for embracing the fact that I’m a woman and being encouraged by it” she added, “I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.”

Kesha released a lengthy statement on Facebook yesterday, saying all she wanted was to be able to make music without being “afraid, scared, or abused”.

“This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal,” she wrote. “This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.”

Kesha at a charity concert in November 2015

Kesha at a charity concert in November 2015

The show also featured an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman, followed by a surprise performance by Lorde. 

Backed by Bowie’s touring band, the 19-year-old sang Life on Mars.

Oldman then accepted a Brits icon award on behalf of the singer and his family. He said: "David you were mortal, but your potential was superhuman and your music lives on."

Watch the moving tribute below.

Lorde sings Life On Mars in Bowie tribute at Brits

Lorde performs Life On Mars? in fitting tribute to David Bowie at the BRIT Awards after he called her the "future of music".Was it better than Lady Gaga's Bowie tribute at The GRAMMYs? Tell us what you think below:

Posted by ITV News on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Related

Alexander McQueen Paris Fashion Week Ready-to-Wear AW 09.jpg

We’re vulgar and proud of it: why British fashion rules

lupita oscars.jpg

The most memorable Oscar speeches of all time

rexfeatures_4979391c.jpg

Model hits back at racist comments on Mac’s Instagram account

ThinkstockPhotos-509427286.jpg

Work hard and pay your dues: an open letter to an entitled millenial

and-admires-her-childhood-style.png

This week's best A-List Instagram posts

burrito-004-anindoorlady.jpg

Couple celebrates the arrival of their 'baby burrito'

4.JPG

Reformation launches sustainable bridal dress line under £500

ThinkstockPhotos-141733451.jpg

The gender pay gap extends to sellers on eBay

GettyImages-511423106.jpg

Bold beauty looks from London Fashion Week to recreate at home

Comments

More

Danielle Brooks has something important to say about her stretch marks

The Orange is the New Black star has dubbed them the "road map of my strength"

by Jasmine Andersson
21 Apr 2017

Davina McCall on how she beat her heroin addiction: ‘I lost everyone’

The TV presenter has spoken candidly about her struggles with drug abuse

by Kayleigh Dray
21 Apr 2017

Tess Holliday slams Uber over "fat-shaming" driver

The body-positive model is boycotting the cab service for a driver's inappropriate questions about her health.

by Hayley Spencer
20 Apr 2017

Why Chelsea Clinton wants to talk about periods and breastfeeding

The former First Daughter has made it her mission to eradicate taboos

by Elle Griffiths
20 Apr 2017

Anne Hathaway didn’t trust One Day director because she was a woman

“I’m so scared that I treated her with internalized misogyny.”

by Moya Crockett
20 Apr 2017

Serena Williams was pregnant when she won the Australian Open

And she didn’t drop a single set

by Kayleigh Dray
20 Apr 2017

Katy Perry on how going into therapy changed her life for the better

“When I am in the room I am just Katheryn Hudson, which is amazing.”

by Moya Crockett
19 Apr 2017

Jessica Chastain reveals how she gets paid as much as male co-stars

The A-lister has learned to play hard ball when it comes to Hollywood sexism

by Elle Griffiths
19 Apr 2017

Star Wars writer shares story of being sexually harassed on train

“I’m telling this story to remind you that this is what women face every. Goddamn. Day.”

by Moya Crockett
19 Apr 2017

Amanda Seyfried chats to Stylist about mental health and farm life

“It feels good to speak my mind”

by Helen Bownass
18 Apr 2017