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Blur, Adele Win Big at BRIT Awards

Coldplay, Lana Del Rey, Foo Fighters also honored

Blur, Adele Win Big at BRIT Awards
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February 22, 2012 8:35 AM ET

Adele's hugely popular, multiple Grammy-winning album 21 received yet more honors last night at the BRIT Awards in London, where she took home the prizes for female solo artist and Album of the Year. "Nothing makes me prouder than coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the BRITs and winning album of the year," the singer said in her acceptance speech. "I'm so, so proud to be British and to be flying our flag, and I’m so proud to be in the room with all of you."

With that, Adele was rushed off the stage to clear time in the program for an 11-minute closing performance by Blur, who accepted an award for outstanding contribution to music earlier in the evening. After being asked to leave the stage, Adele shrugged and raised her middle finger while saying, "Can I just say then, goodbye, and I’ll see you next time round, then?"

Other winners at the BRIT Awards last night include singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran, who won for male solo artist, and Lana Del Rey, who won the award for international breakthrough act. Coldplay won for British music group, Foo Fighters won for international music group and One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" was honored as the British single of the year.

You can watch Blur's closing performance, including renditions of their songs "Tender" and "This Is A Low," below.

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