- Adele is crowned queen of Brit Awards with four prizes
- She expressed her appreciation to everybody while receiving the award
- Other winners on the night are Justin Bieber, One Direction and Coldplay
Singer Adele was the biggest winner on the night of the Brit awards, after she was crowned Queen of the Brits, with four prizes.
Adele received awards for best British female and best album, best British single and the Global Success award. In receiving her award applauded all for warmly receiving her after she has been away for that long.
The show also featured an emotional tribute to David Bowie, led by Annie Lennox and his friend Gary Oldman. Lennox called Bowie, who died of cancer last month, "a quintessential visionary" and "the ultimate iconoclast." Oldman then accepted a Brits icon award on behalf of the singer and his family. There was also a medley of Bowie's hits by his band, before New Zealand singer Lorde joined them to sing Life On Mars.
The ceremony was witnessed Coldplay win best British group - making them the most successful band in the ceremony's history. Other awards went to James Bay, for best male, and Australian psych-rock band Tame Impala, who picked up best international group.
Canadian singer Justin Bieber, who won best international male, thanked his fans for their support after going off the rails for a couple of years. One Direction also picked up best video for the space-themed Drag Me Down. One Direction's victory in the fan-voted best video category robbed Adele of the opportunity to become the most-garlanded artist in a single Brits ceremony.
As it stands, Adele’s total of four awards is equaled only by Blur, who won the same number in 1995 for their album Parklife. Adele became more emotional as the ceremony continued, bursting into tears after accepting the global success prize - which recognizes success overseas.
"I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back," she said, referencing the writer's block that delayed her much-anticipated third album.
Earlier, the star used her best female victory speech to declare support for US pop star Kesha, who has accused record producer Dr Luke of sexual and emotional abuse.
The ceremony, at London's O2 Arena, was broadcast live on ITV and witnessed performances from Adele, Justin Bieber, One Direction and Coldplay, who gave a colourful, floral performance of their single Hymn and showering the audience with confetti petals