Talk about snatching a page from the Book of M.I.A.
Adele was crowned the Queen of the Brit Awards (English equivalent of the Grammy Awards) on Tuesday night. But her big moment was ruined when her acceptance speech was cut short.
And that prompted a foul-fingered salute from the modern-day soul songstress.
The trouble began just as Adele, 23, was in the middle of an ecstatic acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards. After collecting the second of her two trophies the night, host James Corden asked her to wrap it up so ’90s band Blur could take the stage.
“Nothing beats coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year. I’m so proud to be flying the British flag for all of you.”
James then appeared on stage to boos from the crowd. Adele said:
“Are you about to cut me off? Can I just say then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time round,” flipping her middle finger to the side of the stage.
Blur, who had been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award earlier in the evening, were due to end the two-hour broadcast, which was supposed to wrap up by 10 p.m. But as Adele was given her gong by an on-the-mend George Michael, the broadcast only had a few minutes left to air — forcing Corden to make the cutoff.
He later said:
“Blur played for 11 minutes and she can’t say thank you once. I just don’t know what happened.”
The “Rolling in the Deep” songstress later apologized for the gesture.
“I flipped the finger but it wasn’t to my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me,” the 21 songstress said after the prize-giving.
Outraged viewers took to Twitter to share their dismay that Adele had been cut off. In fact, “Cutting Adele” is now a trending topic on the social networking site.