Adele wins Entertainer of the Year and two more at the British Music Awards

British superstar Adele scooped three awards, including the coveted Album of the Year, at the Brit Awards on Tuesday in a ceremony that scrapped gender categories for the first time.

Adele won Best Album for ’30’, as well as Song of the Year for her hit single ‘Easy On Me’ and Artist of the Year, Plus Female or Male, after which she recognized the changing times.

“I understand why they changed the name of this award, but I really like being a woman, being a female artist, I love it,” she said to cheers in the crowded arena of the O2 in London.

“I can’t believe a piano ballad won against so many bangers,” she said after winning Song of the Year against contestants like A1&J1, Central Cee, Glass Animals and KSI.

Adele last month apologized to her fans for postponing her Las Vegas residency, just 24 hours before opening night, blaming Covid-19 and “delays in delivery”.

Brits said they removed gender categories to celebrate “artists solely for their music and their work, rather than how they choose to identify themselves or how others may see them”.

Non-binary Sam Smith didn’t submit his album “Love Goes” last year because it didn’t fit into the male and female categories.

– Gender and non-gender –

This year’s nominations featured the highest number of female acts in over a decade, 18, though male artists still dominate.

Singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran paid tribute to his wife by receiving the Songwriter of the Year award and gave two memorable performances in the arena, which had been decorated with faux pylons laden with fires fireworks for the occasion.

Britain’s pop’s biggest night has reintroduced genre-based awards for the first time since 2006, with awards for alternative/rock, pop/R&B, dance and hip-hop/rap/grime voted on by fans rather than music industry insiders.

Last year’s winner of British Album of the Year Dua Lipa won the TikTok vote for Best Pop/R&B Act, and Sam Fender won Best Alternative Rock Act, presented by Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.

American teenager Olivia Rodrigo won international song of the year for ‘Good 4 U’, while Becky Hill won best dance act, with the dance music category returning after a 16-year absence of the British.

“I’ve been a little drum ‘n’ bass fan since I was 12,” an emotional Hill told the audience.

Rapper Little Simz was nominated for four awards and took to the stage with her mother to receive Best New Artist on the back of last year’s album ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introverted’, a backronym of her Simbi nickname.

“I want to say to anyone watching this at home – I’m living proof that if you work hard for something, no matter where you’re from, no matter where you’re from, no matter what your race, you can do something. extraordinary thing,” she said.

“So for all the kids. Keep dreaming, keep pushing. I am you. You are me. Blessings. Thank you very much,” said Little Simz, who grew up in a housing estate in north London.

– ‘Where is Boris? –

Host Mo Gilligan brushed off scandal-ridden British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, inviting him to the ceremony for cheese.

“Boris, I know you’re watching, I know you like to party, come on man, get down,” he said, as Johnson’s premiership faltered amid allegations of party smashing. the lockdown in Downing Street.

“I know you like a cheese platter, look at you, looking for the Dairylea,” Gilligan said, referring to the melted cheese.

The evening included performances from Liam Gallagher and Anne Marie, who stumbled during her performance of “Kiss My (Uh-Oh)” in front of an audience of 20,000 but regained her composure.

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