updated 02/22/2012 AT 6:45 AM ET
•originally published 02/21/2012 AT 7:00 PM ET
Warning, music fans: Adele just went M.I.A.
An angry Adele gave the middle finger at the Brit Awards for music Tuesday night in London, two weeks after rapper M.I.A. gave the same obscene gesture at the Super Bowl halftime show.
It happened as Adele, 23, was picking up the best album award to go with her solo female honor and was giving her acceptance speech.
“I am so proud to be British and to be flying the flag,” she was saying when host James Corden interrupted her to introduce the ’90s British pop band Blur.
The crowd booed and Adele digitally expressed herself. The multiple-Grammy winner explained that she wasn’t directing her scorn at the audience.
“I flung the middle finger. That was for the suits at the Brit Awards, not my fans,” she said, according to the BBC. “I’m sorry if I offended anyone but the suits offended me.”
On Wednesday, in a written statement, a spokesman for the Brits said: We regret this happened and we send our deepest apologies to Adele that her big moment was cut short this evening due to the live show over-running. We don’t want this to undermine her incredible achievement in winning our night’s biggest award. It tops off what’s been an incredible year for her.”
A rep for ITV, which aired the event live on British TV, added: “The Brits is a live event. Unfortunately, the program was over-running and we had to move on. We would like to apologize to Adele for the interruption.”
The moment put a damper on an otherwise shining night for Adele, who kissed and cuddled with boyfriend Simon Konecki throughout the ceremony.
She also showed no signs of her recent voice problems as she brought the crowd to its feet with “Rolling in the Deep.”