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Brit Awards 2016: Adele dominates with four awards


Story by Jack Foley

ADELE has dominated the Brit Awards 2016, picking up four prizes, including best British female and best album.

The singer also won best British single [for Hello] and the Global Success award.

Upon receiving the fourth of her prizes, a clearly emotional – and tearful – Adele said: “To come back after so long away and be so warmly received means so much.”

Her global success award was announced by British astronaut Tim Peake, from the space station he is currently working on.

Earlier in the evening, the singer used her best female victory speech to declare support for US pop star Kesha, who has accused record producer Dr Luke of sexual and emotional abuse.

On a night largely dominated by the British singer, there were a few more notable moments. But none more so than an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman.

Lennox called Bowie, who died of cancer last month, “a quintessential visionary” and “the ultimate iconoclast”, hailing him as an icon.

While British actor Oldman, who accepted the trophy on Bowie’s family’s behalf, said that his legacy was transcendental. He went on to say: “David, you were mortal but your potential was superhuman… and your music lives on.”

Bowie’s band then performed a medley of his hits, before New Zealand singer Lorde joined them to sing Life On Mars.

Of the night’s other top prizes, Coldplay – who opened the ceremony with a colourful performance of their single Hymn For The Weekend – took home best British group, making them the most successful band in the ceremony’s history – as Chris Martin and company now can boast nine wins to their name.

James Bay took the prize for best male, while One Direction, who are officially on hiatus, picked up best video for the space-themed Drag Me Down – as voted for by members of the public.

Of the international accolades handed out, Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who performed his chart topping singles Love Yourself and Sorry, won best international male, while Bjork took best international female – but missed the ceremony, opting instead to send a video message of thanks.

Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala picked up best international group.

The ceremony, at London’s O2 Arena on Wednesday, February 24, was hosted by TV presenters Ant and Dec.

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