- - Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Brit Awards apologize for cutting off Adele

The Brit Awards apologized Wednesday for cutting off Adele’s speech as she accepted the main prize of the ceremony, a move that prompted the British singer to raise her middle finger at the crowd.

Adele said the gesture was not aimed at her fans but was an indication of her frustration at the “suits” who ran Britain’s top music awards, held at London’s O2 Arena.

The 23-year-old’s success at the Brits capped an incredible year, which has seen her second album, “21,” top the charts around the world and saw her win six Grammys at Los Angeles last week.

But as she stood on stage late Tuesday to collect her Brit Award for best album, having received the best British female solo award earlier in the night, she barely had time for a few thank-yous before she was cut off.

The presenter, comic actor James Corden, apologized for stepping in, explaining that Blur were waiting to play a set.

“We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short due to the live show overrunning,” the organizers said in a statement after the event.

“We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award, that tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”

Speaking to reporters backstage, the singer explained: “I flipped the finger but it wasn’t to my fans. I’m sorry if I offended anyone, but it was the suits that offended me.

“Thank you all very much and thanks to my fans. I don’t want them to think I was swearing at them.”

Judge to Lindsay Lohan:

‘You’re in the home stretch’

Lindsay Lohan drew praise Wednesday from a judge who said the actress is one court hearing away from putting a long-running drunken driving case behind her.

Ms. Lohan, you’re in the home stretch,” Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sautner told the actress. “The probation officer is pleased with your progress.”

The former Disney star has progressed under strict probation guidelines imposed by Judge Sautner last year, including weekly stints working at the morgue and therapy sessions.

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