London-born singer-songwriter Adele on Tuesday won the top three prizes at the BRIT Awards, in the first genderless edition of Britain’s annual pop music honours.
Host Mo Gilligan nicknamed Adele, “Queen of the BRITs”, the artist picked up the first award of the night – song of the year – for her chart-topping single “Easy on Me”.
“Easy on Me” was the first track to be released from her comeback album “30” and it won album of the year. She had mentioned to make the record to explain her divorce to her young son.
The 33-year-old was also awarded with artist of the year, in which rappers Little Simz and Dave, as well as singers Ed Sheeran and Sam Fender, were also nominated.
The BRITs following in the footsteps of other awards shows or events that have removed gender classifications, its organisers in November had announced they were getting rid of female and male categories from 2022.
Adele, who lives in Los Angeles, returning to her hometown in the UK, also performed at the ceremony.
Adele’s fourth studio album despite only being released in November, “30”, was Britain’s biggest selling album in 2021, with more than 600,000 copies being sold in just six weeks.
Other winners of the award show included rock band Wolf Alice for best group, rapper Little Simz was named best new artist.
Singer Ed Sheeran was awarded with songwriter of the year.
U.S. singers Billie Eilish won best international artist and Olivia Rodrigo was awrded with best international song for “good 4 u”.
International group of the year was given to American R&B duo Silk Sonic, made up of singer Bruno Mars and rapper and singer Anderson Paak.
This year, the event showcasing a range of music styles, introduced four new genre awards. Sam Fender won the best alternative/rock act and Dave was named best hip-hop/grime/rap act. The best Pop/R’n’B act award went to singer Dua Lipa, while Becky Hill won best dance act.