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Adele shares her support for Kesha in emotional Brits speech

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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.

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Sejal Kapadia Pocha covers stories about everything from women’s issues to cult foods. She describes herself as a balance between Hermione and Luna Lovegood.

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