Adele divided viewers during her acceptance speech at the 2022 BRIT Awards when she took a swipe at the fact the Artist of the Year category has been made gender-neutral.
The ’30’ singer said she ‘understands’ why it has changed but that she ‘loves being a woman’ and a ‘female artist’.
She said: “I really wasn’t expecting this one at all. I want to say a massive congratulations to Little Sims. Dave, Ed, Sam, I’m so proud to be in your company.
“I love being an artist. I can’t believe it’s my job. England, the UK, we have so many incredible young artists coming up.
“I understand why this has changed, but I really love being a woman and a female artist. I’m really proud of us.”
Many viewers took to Twitter to praise her for speaking out, with one writing: “Thank you Adele for using those words. Really important that we NEVER lose them. #woman #female #wokebrits #thebrits #brits2022.”
Another added: “Yessss Adele. I get why it’s changed but it didn’t need to. Don’t take away to give somewhere else, woman have fought for this and now it’s gone #forgotten #brits2022.”
A third penned: “YES @Adele. FEMALE artist and proud, and rightly so!! Quite frankly I’m sick of having this gender-neutral/fluid/nondescript stuff rammed down my throat. I don’t give a toss how you identify. I am a WOMAN and a MOTHER and absolutely no shuffling of the rules will change that.”
However, others felt she ‘undermined’ the move towards inclusivity.
One person wrote: “An award has changed its title/eligibility to be more inclusive of ALL in the industry. I can’t help but feel Adele undermined this change.”
“I love Adele but that ‘woman’ comment seemed like a bit of a dig, non-binary artists deserve better,” a second said.
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