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Adele Gives the Finger at 2012 BRIT Awards

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Move over, M.I.A. You’re not the only one who can give a one-finger salute at a major music event. Fresh off the aforementioned rapper’s bird-flipping incident during the 2012 Super Bowl Halftime, British diva Adele did the same at the BRIT Awards this evening (Feb. 21.) But while M.I.A.’s gesture seemed immature, out of place and a foolish attempt to grab a headline, Adele was merely reacting to being cut off when making her acceptance speech.

The singer had just won the award for British Album of the Year for ’21′ and was making a genuine, from-the-deepest-recesses-of-her-heart speech, according to Spinner. She was saying, “Thank you very, very much. Nothing is better than coming home with six Grammies and winning Album of the Year. Nothing makes me prouder than to be British.”

That’s when host James Corden cut her off. Not only did he receive a chorus of boos from the crowd, but he got that one-digit salute from the beloved ‘Rolling in the Deep’ singer.

At a post-awards press conference, Adele commented on her reaction, saying, “I was cut off during my speech but I wanted to thank the British public for all their support. I was held up with my voice and troubles but the album kept walking without me. I flipped the bird for the suits at the BRITS who cut me off. Sorry if I offended anyone but it was for them, not for the fans.”

That explanation of her action should further deepen the love her fellow Brits have for her. Notice we said Brits, not BRITS! Adele is truly a pop star of the people, for the people and by the people.

The Album of the Year award was preceded by a win for British Female Solo Artist.

Giving the bird was not the sole reason people were talking about Adele’s fingers tonight. She also sported a large rock on her left hand, prompting talk of an engagement to her BF Simon Konecki. There’s obviously been no confirmation of that. Perhaps Adele bought herself a nice piece of jewelry to celebrate all those Grammys and BRITS?

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