London – Adele walked away with two awards at the Brit Awards including for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show's host cut her acceptance speech short.
The show's host, actor James Corden, cut off Adele's second acceptance speech, prompting the singer to make a rude middle-finger gesture in frustration.
She stressed afterward that it was aimed at industry leaders, not her fans.
"I'm sorry if I offended anyone but it was the suits that offended me," Adele said. "Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don't want them to think I was swearing at them."Deepest apologies
The show's broadcaster, ITV, issued a statement apologising to Adele for cutting her off.
"We regret this happened and we send deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short tonight due to the live show over-running," ITV said.
Tuesday's event - which kicked off with Coldplay performing Charlie Brown
and included live turns from Sheeran, Florence and the Machine, Noel
Gallagher, Bruno Mars and Rihanna - brought out a host of stars who
blended rock 'n' roll attitude and fashion finery.Watch Adele give the middle finger at Brit Awards here: