The producers of the BRIT Awards have issued an apology to Adele, whose acceptance speech for the Album of the Year award was cut short to make time for a closing performance by Blur. Adele, frustrated in the moment, raised her middle finger to the cameras as she was forced off the stage. The singer later clarified that the middle finger was directed at “the suits at the BRIT Awards,” and not her legion of fans.
“We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running,” said a statement from BRIT Awards organizers. “We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”
You can watch a clip of Adele’s brief acceptance speech below.