Adele was the big winner at the BRIT Awards 2016. She was named the Best British Female Solo Artist and also won for Best British Single and took the Global Success Award before taking the top prize for Best British Album. Adele, who is preparing to start a world tour in Belfast, Northern Ireland, next week, ended her first acceptance speech by saying: “I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.” Adele is on Columbia. Meanwhile pop star Kesha is taking action to be released from her Sony contract. The Mastercard MA -0.66% Best Album went to the U.K. singer-songwriter’s third studio album 25, now back at the top of the British charts and which has now sold more than 19 million worldwide.
Adele also gave a tearful speech accepting her third award of the night: “I didn’t know if I would ever come back, for you all to be so kind to me is so nice.”
TV presenters Ant and Dec led cheerleading for the local music industry during the broadcast show, saying it has been “a remarkable year for British music,” whose “talent was envied around the world.”
Among the performances by stars from around the world,Coldplay did “Hymn for the Weekend” without Beyoncé;Justin Bieber’s performance included a singalong around a fire with plenty of hot flames after that. The Weeknd, Little Mix, Jess Glynne, Rihanna and Drake, and James Bay also performed at the music-industry ceremony in London’s O2 stadium.
Tributes to the late David Bowie were led by simple speeches by Annie Lennox and actor Gary Oldman followed by a medley of Bowie hits by the late star’s band with New Zealander Lorde. Their “Life on Mars” resulted in a standing ovation and remarks from some record executives on how much better the song was than the more recent tunes.