An emotional Adele had to be bleeped out as she swore on live television during her acceptance speech.
“Thank you, I can’t work out if I’m crying because of the video or because Tim Peake did it. My kid is going to think I’m so cool,” she said. “That was really amazing. You’re getting f****** bored of me. I honestly can’t tell you, I said it earlier, to come back, I got really lost for a while and I didn’t know if I’d ever come back and for you all to be so kind to me.
“Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don’t like flying, getting global success. And Tim Peake, I love you, I hope you’re okay and not too hungry. Bye.”
It was her third big win at the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena, having already scooped British female solo artist and her song ‘Hello’ named best British single.
Brit nominee James Bay joined Canadian pop star Justin Bieber as he performed his hit ‘Love Yourself’, before Bieber launched into an energetic performance of his chart-topping song ‘Sorry’.
Bay was later named British male solo artist .
Award hosts Ant and Dec were taken by surprise when a model wearing a mostly see-through all-in-one outfit came and stood between them as they announced singer Jess Glynne’s performance. Following an ad break, they also apologised for Adele’s on-screen swearing, explaining that the “bleep man” had not caught her swear word fast enough.
Coldplay were named best British group and dedicated their award to male and female musicians in refugee camps around the world.
Lead singer Chris Martin referenced the members of boyband One Direction as he pointed to his fellow Coldplay members, saying: “What a treat from Harry, Zayn, Liam, and me, Niall.”
This is the fourth time they have won this award, making them the most successful group in the category.
Bieber was named best international male solo artist.
Rihanna was joined by singer Drake, who made a surprise appearance as she performed her new song ‘Work’.