Adele dominates Brit Awards

Adele stole the Brit Awards 2016 with four wins, a soulful performance and a shoutout to fellow singer Kesha.
Adele cries as she accepts her award for global success at the 2016 Brit Awards in London on Wednesday. The singer famously called the Queen of the Brits took home four awards in the British equivalent of the Grammy Awards. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

Adele nabbed four Brit Awards. 

"Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don't like flying," said the singer while accepting her global success award. Adele's other wins for the night were British female solo artist of the year, British single of the year for her song Hello, and album of the year for 25.

The singer's speech thanked the audience for widely accepting 25, which was released almost five years after her last album. "To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much," she said.

She also used her acceptance speech to support Kesha.

Adele offered singer Kesha, who is fighting to get out of a contract with record producer Dr. Luke linked to allegations of sexual assault, support during her Brit Awards speech. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

Coldplay won the award for best British group after opening Wednesday night's show.

Coldplay's Chris Martin sang Hymn For The Weekend. (Ian Gavan/Getty)

Toronto's The Weeknd sang The Hills.

The Weeknd, whose real name is Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye, performed. (Ian Gavan/Getty)

Justin Bieber turned up the heat with his performance…

Another Canadian singer, Justin Bieber, gives a fiery show before winning the award for best international male singer. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

…which was joined by James Bay. 

Bieber takes the stage with James Bay to sing the single Love Yourself. ( Ian Gavan/Getty)

Bay also sang Hold Back the River and won the British male solo artist award. 

James Bay accepts the award for best British male solo artist. (Ian Gavan/Getty)

Drake and Rihanna worked it onstage.  

Drake and Rihanna perform their song Work at the Brit Awards. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

Two of the four members of One Direction turned up.

One Direction's Louis Tomlinson, right, and Liam Payne, centre, accept a best video award. (Justin Tallis/AFP/Getty)

Little Mix's Black Magic set was dubbed the best performance of the night by MTV UK. 

Little Mix mixes it up in unison during their performance. (Ian Gavan/Getty)

Lorde's tribute to David Bowie got a standing ovation…

Newzeland's Lorde sings Life on Mars. (Ian Gavan/Getty )

…which Bowie's son, Duncan Jones, liked.

Actor Gary Oldman accepted the British Icon award on behalf of Bowie.

In a moving speech, Gary Oldman said David Bowie maintained his humour even after his cancer diagnosis. 'When he wrote to tell me he had cancer, he added, "The good news is I have my cheekbones back.'” (Joel Ryan/AP)

With files from The Associated Press


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