‘Queen of the BRITs’ Adele wins big at British Music Awards

LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Chart-topping superstar Adele won the top three BRIT Awards on Tuesday, in the first genderless edition of the annual British pop music honors.

Dubbed ‘Queen of the BRITs’ by host Mo Gilligan, the London-born singer-songwriter won the night’s top prize – song of the year – for her single ‘Easy on Me’, topping charts.

The track was the first to be released from her comeback album ’30’, a record Adele said she made to explain her divorce to her young son. It won album of the year.

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“I would like to dedicate this award to my son, and to Simon, to his father. This album was our whole journey, not just mine,” Adele said in tears, referring to her ex-husband Simon Konecki.

“I’m very proud of myself for holding on and releasing an album that was about something that was so personal to me (because) not many people would do stuff like that anymore.”

The 33-year-old also won Artist of the Year, a now genderless category in which rappers Little Simz and Dave, as well as singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender, were also nominated.

“I understand why the name of this award has changed, but I really love being a woman, being a female artist,” Adele said.

“I’m really proud of us.”

Following in the footsteps of other awards shows or events that have removed gender classifications, BRIT organizers said in November that there were removal of female and male categories from 2022.

Back in her hometown, Adele, who lives in Los Angeles, also performed at the ceremony.

Despite only being released in November, ’30’, Adele’s fourth studio album, was Britain’s best-selling album of 2021, selling over 600,000 copies in just six weeks.

The singer thanked Inflo, named Producer of the Year, for helping her with the record.

Other winners included rock band Wolf Alice, who won Best Group, while rapper Little Simz was named Best New Artist.

Sheeran was named Songwriter of the Year.

American singers Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo won Best International Artist and International Song for “good 4 u” respectively.

International Group of the Year went to American R&B duo Silk Sonic, made up of singer Bruno Mars and rapper and singer Anderson .Paak.

Showcasing a range of musical styles, four new genre awards were also introduced this year, the 42nd edition of the awards, with Sam Fender winning Best Alternative/Rock Group and Dave named Best Hip-Hop/Grime/Rap Group. The award for Best Pop/R’n’B Act went to singer Dua Lipa, while Becky Hill took home the award for Best Dance Act.

All four were voted on by the public.

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Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian; Editing by Leslie Adler and Rosalba O’Brien

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