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LONDON, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Chart-topping superstar Adele received the top 3 prizes at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday, in the 1st genderless edition of Britain’s once-a-year pop music honours.
Nicknamed “Queen of the BRITs” by host Mo Gilligan, the London-born singer-songwriter picked up the to start with award of the night – track of the calendar year – for her chart-topping solitary “Quick on Me”.
The monitor was the very first to be unveiled from her comeback album “30”, a file Adele has mentioned she made to clarify her divorce to her younger 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 dad. This album was all of our journey, not just mine,” a tearful Adele reported, referring to her ex-partner Simon Konecki.
“I am incredibly proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting out an album that was about a little something that was so personal to me (because) not many men and women would do stuff like that any additional.”
The 33-calendar year-aged also won artist of the 12 months, a now genderless group in which rappers Little Simz and Dave, as effectively as singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender, ended up also nominated.
“I realize why the title of this award has altered but I genuinely enjoy staying a girl, being a feminine artist,” Adele reported.
“I’m actually proud of us.”
Adhering to in the footsteps of other awards displays or gatherings that have removed gender classifications, organisers for the BRITs stated in November there were having rid of woman and male classes from 2022.
Returning to her hometown, Adele, who lives in Los Angeles, also performed at the ceremony.
Despite only currently being launched in November, “30”, Adele’s fourth studio album, was Britain’s major offering album in 2021, shifting much more than 600,000 copies in just six weeks.
The singer thanked Inflo, named producer of the yr, for helping her with the file.
Other winners included rock band Wolf Alice, who took ideal team, although rapper Small Simz was named finest new artist.
Sheeran was named songwriter of the 12 months.
U.S. singers Billie Eilish and Olivia Rodrigo respectively won finest international artist and worldwide track for “fantastic 4 u”.
Global group of the yr went to American R&B duo Silk Sonic, built up of singer Bruno Mars and rapper and singer Anderson .Paak.
Showcasing a variety of songs variations, 4 new style awards were also released this 12 months, the 42nd version of the awards, with Sam Fender profitable very best option/rock act and Dave named very best hip-hop/grime/rap act. The ideal Pop/R’n’B act award went to singer Dua Lipa, although Becky Hill scooped greatest dance act.
All 4 had been voted for by the community.
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Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Enhancing by Leslie Adler and Rosalba O’Brien
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