Adele Flips the Bird at Brit Awards

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Adele's trophy shelf is already groaning under the weight of the six Grammys she won earlier this month, but now she's got more hardware to add to it.  The singer picked up two honors at the Brit Awards, the British equivalent of the Grammys, which were held Tuesday in London.  Her album "21? was named Best British Album, while she was named Best British Female Artist at the ceremony.

According to the  BBC, Adele told the audience, "Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year.  I'm so proud to be British and to be flying our flag."  Someone then approached her at the podium and cut her off in mid-speech. She accepted the diss with a smile, but threw her middle finger up.  According to, she said afterwards, "It was for the suits, not for my fans.  Sorry if I offended you."

British TV network ITV later issued a statement about the incident, saying "The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately the programme was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologise to Adele for the interruption."

A spokesman for the show added, "We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short. We don't want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night's biggest award. It tops off what's been an incredible year for her."

Adele's bird flip comes on the heels of hip-hop star M.I.A. throwing up her middle finger during the Super Bowl halftime show. The NFL didn't exactly consider that an "interruption." Spokesman Brian McCarthy called M.I.A.'s act an "obscene gesture" that "was completely inappropriate, [and] very disappointing."