Adele scoops 3 prizes in hometown return to UK’s Brit Awards

LONDON (AP) — Adele made a return to stay efficiency and received three prizes on the Brit Awards in London on Tuesday, weeks after she canceled a much-anticipated string of reveals in Las Vegas.
The north London-born diva was named artist of the 12 months on the U.Okay.’s main music prizes. She additionally took house the album of the 12 months prize, for “30,” and received music of the 12 months for “Easy on Me.”
Adele devoted the award for “30,” an album solid from the breakup of her marriage, to her son Angelo and ex-husband Simon Konecki.
“This album was all of our journey, not simply mine,” she stated. “I’m very pleased with myself for sticking to my weapons and placing an album out that was about one thing so private to me as a result of not many individuals do stuff like that any extra.”
Adele delighted the home-town viewers at London’s O2 Arena, sitting on a piano in a golden robe to sing “I Drink Wine.” It was her first efficiency since she known as off a Caesar’s Palace residency on the final minute in January, citing supply delays and coronavirus sickness in her crew.
In latest years, Brits organizers have shaken up awards that had grow to be a slick however relatively bland showcase for British expertise, typically criticized for missing range and being sluggish to embrace genres together with British grime and hip-hop. In 2017, the academy of greater than 1,000 music business professionals that chooses Brits winners was expanded in an try to make it extra gender balanced and numerous.
This 12 months’s ceremony included performances by two of the U.Okay.’s most fun rap artists: genre-bending singer Little Simz and highly effective wordsmith Dave.
Both have been additionally winners. Little Simz was named greatest new artist and Dave received the prize for greatest hip hop or grime act. He paid tribute to different rap artists “who’ve suffered for years and years and years and years and damaged down so many limitations in this business.”
The Brits is without doubt one of the few awards reveals not to have been canceled in the previous two years due to the pandemic. The 2020 present occurred weeks earlier than Britain went into lockdown. Last 12 months’s awards have been held in May as a check run for the return of huge stay occasions with an viewers of 4,000, together with well being care staff given free tickets.
This 12 months hundreds of music followers watched stay performances from acts together with Ed Sheeran, former Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher, rootsy singer-songwriter Sam Fender and singer Anne-Marie, who took a tumble after rising from inside an enormous onstage coronary heart.
“Didn’t want my left ankle anyway,” she tweeted afterwards.
Comedian Mo Gilligan hosted the present, and gave a shoutout to Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who’s caught up in a scandal over lockdown-breaching wine and cheese events in his workplace throughout the pandemic.
“I do know you want a celebration — Come down, man,” Gilligan stated. “I do know you want a cheeseboard.”
American teen star Olivia Rodrigo took the worldwide music trophy for “Good 4 U,” and Billie Eilish was named greatest worldwide artist. London different band Wolf Alice received the group of the 12 months prize, whereas superduo Silk Sonic was named worldwide group of the 12 months. Sheeran took Brit Award for greatest songwriter.
British singer-songwriter Holly (*3*) took the rising star award, an accolade beforehand received by Adele and Florence + the Machine.
The 2022 ceremony additionally included 4 new awards for various genres, determined by public vote. Dua Lipa was named pop/R’n’B act, the prize for different/rock went to Sam Fender and Becky Hill was named greatest dance act.
Dave took the hip hop prize, and was joined onstage by 5 different rappers as he closed the present together with his music “In the Fire.”
In November, organizers introduced they have been scrapping separate female and male artist classes for the awards. Organizers stated the change would rejoice artists “solely for his or her music and work, relatively than how they select to establish or as others might even see them.”
Accepting her artist of the 12 months trophy, Adele stated she understood the explanations for the change, however added: “I actually love being a girl and being a feminine artist. I do. I’m actually pleased with us.”

Jill Lawless, The Associated Press

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