At Wednesday’s Brit Awards, Adele set a tone of female empowerment as the first big winner of the night. After picking up the award for Best Solo Female Artist, she took the opportunity to publicly support Kesha, who’s embroiled in a legal battle with Dr. Luke and Sony Music over her contract.
“I’d just like to take a quick moment to publicly thank my management and my record label for embracing the fact that I’m a woman and be encouraged by it,” Adele said. “And I’d also like to take this moment to support Kesha. Thank you very much.”
Adele joins an ever-growing list of artists who have publicly rallied behind the embattled singer, including Demi Lovato, Lorde, Lady Gaga, and Taylor Swift (who donated $250,000 to Kesha during her “trying time”).
On February 19, a New York State Supreme Court judge denied Kesha’s request for an injunction that would’ve allowed her to continue recording music outside of her contract with Dr. Luke, her alleged abuser and rapist.
Adele’s speech came shortly after Kesha posted a statement on Facebook, writing, “Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.”
Later in the awards show, Adele continued packing her acceptance speeches with emotion, after winning the trophies for British single (“Hello”), British Album of the Year, and the esteemed Global Success award. During her acceptance speech for the latter award, she got visibly choked up and gave a tear-filled (and swear-filled) thank you.
After joking that the audience is probably “fucking bored” of her, she teared up as she said, “I honestly can’t tell you. I said it earlier, but to come back… I got really lost for a while. I didn’t know if I’d ever come back. And for you all to be so kind to me!”
Oh, Adele. It’s so nice to have you back; don’t you ever forget it.