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Adele fans left unimpressed as singer performs at BRIT Awards after cancelling Las Vegas residency


Adele fans have been left unimpressed as the singer performed at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday just weeks after cancelling her Las Vegas residency.

The star, 33, took to the stage at London‘s O2 Arena and performed I Drink Wine, a track from her latest album 30. 

Her appearance came as she continues to face backlash for leaving fans thousands of pounds out of pocket when she pulled the plug on her Stateside shows with just 24 hours notice. 

Not happy: Adele fans have been left unimpressed as the singer performed at the BRIT Awards on Tuesday just weeks after cancelling her Las Vegas residency

Several fans took to social media to react to Adele’s performance at the awards show, with one writing: ‘I wonder if they’re showing this Adele #Brits performance in Las Vegas? Too soon?’

Another said: ‘You playing Vegas now? Band seem OK on the Brits! @Adele’. 

Another fan wrote: ‘So Adele can’t manage her concerts in Vegas, which by the way cost the earth, but she can turn up to the Brits where she’s won awards and is basically headlining the show’.  

One added: ‘No hate to Adele but how can she cancel her Vegas residency and then come and perform at the Brits’. 

Performance: The star, 33, took to the stage at London's O2 Arena and performed I Drink Wine, a track from her latest album 30

Performance: The star, 33, took to the stage at London’s O2 Arena and performed I Drink Wine, a track from her latest album 30

Adele did not address criticism over her cancelled Vegas residency during the awards show.  

It was a successful night for the star who took home the Best Song Award for Easy On Me, Album Of The Year for 30 and the Artist Of The Year award.

Adele beat hotly-tipped contender Ed Sheeran in the Artist Of The Year category – which now includes artists of all genders – after they both released long-awaited albums around the same time last year.

During her acceptance speech, Adele told the audience: ‘I understand this award has changed but I love being a female artist!’, as she referenced the changes the awards board had made to the ceremony. 

Reaction: Several fans took to social media to react to Adele's performance at the awards show, with one writing: 'I wonder if they're showing this Adele #Brits performance in Las Vegas? Too soon?'

Reaction: Several fans took to social media to react to Adele’s performance at the awards show, with one writing: ‘I wonder if they’re showing this Adele #Brits performance in Las Vegas? Too soon?’

The BRIT Awards sparked controversy last year after ditching the traditional male and female categories and switching to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history, causing naysayers to brand the event ‘woke’. 

Organisers divided opinion and some were left outraged by the decision to switch to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history, in calls led by non-binary singer Sam Smith.

Bosses claimed the move was in a bid ‘to be as inclusive and as relevant as possible’ and allowed people to enter who do not identify as a man or woman.

But fans at the time blasted the change as ‘woke drivel’ at the time, with many calling for a boycott.

Event: Adele did not address criticism over her cancelled Vegas residency during the awards show

Event: Adele did not address criticism over her cancelled Vegas residency during the awards show

Winner: It was a successful night for the star who took home the Best Song Award for Easy On Me, Album Of The Year for 30 and the Artist Of The Year award

Winner: It was a successful night for the star who took home the Best Song Award for Easy On Me, Album Of The Year for 30 and the Artist Of The Year award

Back home: Adele - who has been hiding out at boyfriend Rich Paul's home in recent weeks - touched down at Heathrow on the weekend

Back home: Adele – who has been hiding out at boyfriend Rich Paul’s home in recent weeks – touched down at Heathrow on the weekend

During the evening, Adele – who arrived at the ceremony on the red carpet wearing a huge diamond ring on her engagement finger – swept the board following her return to the BRITs, where she took home gongs in all three categories that she was nominated in.

During her speech for her third award, for Best Album, Adele emotionally decidated the gong to her son Angelo and her ex-husband Simon.

Tearful Adele, said: ‘Thank you, again the company I’m in really is phenomenal. Thanks to everyone I work with. But I want to dedicate this to my son. And his dad. Because it’s about them. I’m really proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting out something so personal. It’s not something people do anymore.’

‘My son has been so gracious and patient with me over recent years. So it’s for him.’

Grateful: During her speech for her third award, for Best Album, Adele emotionally decidated the gong to her son Angelo and her ex-husband Simon

Tearful Adele, said: 'Thank you, again the company I'm in really is phenomenal. Thanks to everyone I work with. But I want to dedicate this to my son. And his dad. Because it's about them'

Grateful: During her speech for her third award, for Best Album, Adele emotionally decidated the gong to her son Angelo and her ex-husband Simon

She added: I'm really proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting out something so personal. It's not something people do anymore'

She added: I’m really proud of myself for sticking to my guns and putting out something so personal. It’s not something people do anymore’

Also thanking her producer she said: ‘Someone who was integral to this album is producer of the year Inflo. He also works with Little Simz. He helped me so much.’ 

Along with Adele, there were also performances by Ed Sheeran, Anne-Marie, Liam Gallagher, Dave, Little Simz, and this year’s Rising Star award winner, Holly Humberstone. 

Adele – who has been hiding out at boyfriend Rich Paul’s home in recent weeks – touched down at Heathrow on the weekend and was seen making her way into the airport’s Windsor Suite. 

Rich, 40, was not seen at the airport after the sports agent found himself wrapped up into the controversy over the Vegas residency, which Adele cancelled just a day before she was supposed to begin performing last month.

Adele said: My son has been so gracious and patient with me over recent years. So it's for him'

Thankful: Also thanking her producer she said: 'Someone who was integral to this album is producer of the year Inflo. He also works with Little Simz. He helped me so much'

Adele said: My son has been so gracious and patient with me over recent years. So it’s for him’ 

A source at the rehearsals told Page Six late that the singer often made sobbing calls to her boyfriend that interrupted rehearsals.

‘Adele’s been crying and couldn’t get through a single full rehearsal for the past month,’ said the source, who was connected to the Caesars Palace management team. ‘Just constantly on the phone with Rich… loudly shouting and sobbing.’

They added: ‘She has barely rehearsed because she is constantly in the middle of an emotional shootout.’

The two were also rumored to be experiencing a rough patch in their relationship of six months, but Adele tried to squash it on social media last week.

Impressive: Adele won in every single category that she was nominated in

Impressive: Adele won in every single category that she was nominated in  

She confirmed that she would be performing at the BRITs, and added at the end of her post, ‘Oh, and Rich sends his love.’

Amid the furore surrounding her Vegas residency, it’s been claimed that Adele wants to reduce her working commitments and make her career ‘more about her music’ following the cancellation of her Las Vegas shows.

The Mail on Sunday reported that she plans to ‘go back to basics’ after a high-profile PR campaign to promote her album, 30, including two TV specials.

Insiders say this explains her decision to appear at the BRITs and on Graham Norton’s chat show this Friday.

Thanks: BRITs organisers divided opinion and some were left outraged by the decision to switch to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history, in calls led by non-binary singer Sam Smith

During her acceptance speech, Adele told the audience: 'I understand this award has changed but I love being a female artist!', as she referenced the changes the awards board had made to the categories

Thanks: BRITs organisers divided opinion and some were left outraged by the decision to switch to gender-neutral gongs for the first time in its history, in calls led by non-binary singer Sam Smith

Wow: The hitmaker ensured all eyes were on her as she donned a figure-hugging black plunging gown

Wow: The hitmaker ensured all eyes were on her as she donned a figure-hugging black plunging gown

Success: Adele sparked engagement rumours as she showed off a diamond ring while walking the red carpet

Success: Adele sparked engagement rumours as she showed off a diamond ring while walking the red carpet

Rock: Adele, who is dating sports agent Rich Paul, displayed an eye-catching rock on her engagement finger

Rock: Adele, who is dating sports agent Rich Paul, displayed an eye-catching rock on her engagement finger

Animated: The star larked around on the red carpet as she flaunted the ring

Animated: The star larked around on the red carpet as she flaunted the ring 

History: Adele confirmed she and Paul were an item when she shared a red heart emoji alongside an Instagram photo of the couple on September 19

History: Adele confirmed she and Rich were an item when she shared a red heart emoji alongside an Instagram photo of the couple on September 19 last year 

A source said: ‘There have been times in the past six months when things got too big. There have been tensions within Team Adele.

‘One minute she was living life away from the limelight, the next she was being interviewed by Oprah Winfrey.

‘Adele loves the Brits. It’s where she feels at home. She used to be interviewed by The Face magazine who really appreciated her work, then she ended up being interviewed by someone in Australia who hadn’t even listened to her album.

‘Underneath all of the millions of pounds is a normal girl from Tottenham who is not remotely big time.’

'I'm gutted': Adele previously revealed in a tearful video that she had been forced to postpone her massively popular upcoming Las Vegas residency due to COVID-19 cases among crew members

‘I’m gutted’: Adele previously revealed in a tearful video that she had been forced to postpone her massively popular upcoming Las Vegas residency due to COVID-19 cases among crew members

The 2022 BRIT Awards was truly Adele’s night as she brought her complete tally of BRIT trophies to 12 since winning the first ever Rising Star award in 2008. 

Adele was presented with the prestigious Mastercard Album of the Year for the third time, having won for her previous two albums in 2012 and 2016 – the only solo artist in BRITs history to have won this award three times.

The songstress also became the first ever recipient of the BRITs’ inaugural Artist of the Year award, with her third victory claimed with the win for Song of the Year for Easy On Me. 

Smash hit:  Ed Sheeran opened the show with his No.1 single Bad Habits. Ed brought an unexpected duet to the evening as Bring Me The Horizon joined him for a remix of his hit

That's what they came for: The rock version of the track featured an explosive performance from Ed and the band, with a troupe of backing dancers and incredible aerial artists

Smash hit: Ed Sheeran opened the show with his No.1 single Bad Habits. Ed brought an unexpected duet to the evening as Bring Me The Horizon joined him for a remix of his hit

Whoops! Anne-Marie and KSI took to the stage for a joint performance, however their routine got off to an awkard start when the singer stumbled and almost tripped over

Whoops! Anne-Marie and KSI took to the stage for a joint performance, however their routine got off to an awkard start when the singer stumbled and almost tripped over

Holiday! KSI joined Anne-Marie and later performed Holiday

Holiday! KSI joined Anne-Marie and later performed Holiday

Wow! During a night of unexpected duets, Little Simz took to the next stage to perform. However part way through she was joined by British actress Emma Corrin, who played Diana in The Crown

Wow! During a night of unexpected duets, Little Simz took to the next stage to perform. However part way through she was joined by British actress Emma Corrin, who played Diana in The Crown

The International counterparts to these new categories similarly saw two unbeatable global artists celebrated; with Billie Eilish picking up International Artist of the Year and Olivia Rodrigo presented with International Song of the Year for Good 4 U – the biggest selling international single of the year in the UK.

International Group went to Silk Sonic – the collaborative superduo consisting of US artists Bruno Mars and Anderson .Paak. 

Making her BRITs debut both on stage with an electrifying two-song performance, and in this year’s shortlists, Little Simz was presented with Best New Artist, beating off competition from Central Cee, Griff, Joy Crookes and Self Esteem. 

She was joined on stage by actress Emma Corrin. The Mercury Prize winning London band Wolf Alice won Best Group, the second year they had been nominated in this category.

Graceful: Emma had a spoken word section during Little Simz performance

Graceful: Emma had a spoken word section during Little Simz performance

The 2022 BRITs Rising Star shortlist saw three incredible female artists compete for the coveted prize, as chosen by critics and heads of music to identify the future stars of British music. 

Winner Holly Humberstone got to perform to her biggest audience yet with a rendition of her new single London is Lonely, and was introduced on stage by last year’s Rising Star recipient, Griff.

The BRITs in 2022 saw a number of changes to awards categories in order to create even more opportunities for artists to be recognised. 

The recipient of the BRITs’ first ever Songwriter of the Year award tonight went to Ed Sheeran before he performed a second number, The Joker and The Queen later in the show. 

Back to his roots: Next up was Liam Gallagher's hotly-anticipated performance

Back to his roots: Next up was Liam Gallagher’s hotly-anticipated performance

Having picked up two awards last year, Dua Lipa, was awarded with Pop/R&B Act, and having received her first ever BRIT nominations this year Becky Hill was awarded Dance Act.

Alternative/Rock Act went to Sam Fender (bringing his UK record label Polydor’s tally of trophies up to 5), who later in the show went on to wow the audience with a performance of his Top Ten hit single Seventeen Going Under. 

British rap royalty Dave was presented with the award for Hip Hop/Grime/Rap Act by Arsenal legends Ian Wright and Bukayo Saka, and closed the ceremony with a triumphant performance of In The Fire, where he was joined by fellow rappers Ghetts, Giggs, Fredo, Konyikeh and Meekz.  

Presenters on the night included Courtney Cox and Johnny McDaid, Brian Cox, Vicky McClure, Jodie Whittaker, Mo Farah, Tom Daley and Ronnie Wood. 

BRIT AWARDS 2022: WINNERS

ARTIST OF THE YEAR 

Adele – WINNER 

Dave

Ed Sheeran

Little Simz

Sam Fender

GROUP

Coldplay

D-Block Europe

Little Mix

London Grammar

Wolf Alice – WINNER

BRITs RISING STAR 

Holly Humberstone – WINNER!

Bree Runway

Lola Young

SONG OF THE YEAR

A1 & J1 – Latest Trends

Adele – Easy On Me – WINNER 

Anne-Marie/KSI/Digital Farm Animals – Don’t Play

Becky Hill & David Guetta – Remember

Central Cee – Obsessed With You

Dave ft. Stormzy – Clash

Ed Sheeran – Bad Habits

Elton John & Dua Lipa – Cold Heart (Pnau Remix)

Glass Animals – Heat Waves

Joel Corry/Raye/David Guetta – Bed

KSI – Holiday

Nathan Evans/220Kid/Billen Red – Wellerman

Riton x Nightcrawlers ft. Mufasa & Hypeman – Friday

Tion Wayne & Russ Millions – Body

Tom Grennan – Little Bit Of Love

BEST NEW ARTIST

Joy Crookes

Central Cee

Self Esteem

Griff

Little Simz-WINNER

MASTERCARD ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Adele – 30- WINNER

Dave – We’re All Alone In This Together

Ed Sheeran – =

Little Simz – Sometimes I Might Be Introvert

Sam Fender – Seventeen Going Under

POP, R&B

Adele

Dua Lipa – WINNER

Ed Sheeran

Griff

Joy Crookes

DANCE

Becky Hill- WINNER

Calvin Harris

Fred

Joel Corry

Raye

ROCK, ALTERNATIVE

Coldplay

Glass Animals

Sam Fender – WINNER

Tom Grennan

Wolf Alice

HIP-HOP, GRIME, RAP 

AJ Tracey

Central Cee

Dave- WINNER

Ghetts

Little Simz

INTERNATIONAL ARTIST 

Billie Eilish- WINNER

Doja Cat

Lil Nas X

Olivia Rodrigo

Taylor Swift

INTERNATIONAL GROUP

ABBA

BTS

Måneskin

Silk Sonic/Bruno Mars/Anderson .Paak – WINNER 

The War On Drugs

BEST INTERNATIONAL SONG

ATB / Topic / A7S – Your Love (9PM)

Billie Eilish – Happier Than Ever

Ckay – Love Nwantiti (Ah Ah Ah)

Doja Cat ft SZA – Kiss Me More

Drake ft Lil Baby – Girls Want Girls

Galantis, David Guetta & Little Mix – Heartbreak Anthem

Jonasu – Black Magic

Kid Laroi & Justin Bieber – Stay

Lil Nas X – Montero (Call Me By Your Name)

Lil TJ & 6lack – Calling My Phone

Maneskin – I Wanna Be Your Slave

Olivia Rodrigo – Good 4U – WINNER 

Polo G – Rapstar

Tiesto – The Business

The Weeknd – Save Your Tears

PRODUCER OF THE YEAR 

Inflo – WINNER 

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR  

Ed Sheeran – WINNER 

 



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