Adele wins British album of the year at Brit Awards for 25

Adele accepts the award for best British single, as Suki Waterhouse looks on.
Adele accepts the award for best British single, as Suki Waterhouse looks on.PHOTO: REUTERS
Adele arrives on the red carpet for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 24, 2016.
Adele arrives on the red carpet for the 2016 Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, London, on Feb 24, 2016. PHOTO: EPA
Adele performs at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016.
Adele performs at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Adele receives her award for British Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016.
Adele receives her award for British Album of the Year at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016. PHOTO: REUTERS
Adele reacts as she accepts the global success award at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016.
Adele reacts as she accepts the global success award at the BRIT Awards at the O2 arena in London, on Feb 24, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS
Adele accepts the award for best British female solo artist at the BRIT Awards in London, on Feb 24, 2016.
Adele accepts the award for best British female solo artist at the BRIT Awards in London, on Feb 24, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) - Adele was handed the award for the British album of the year at the 2016 Brit award ceremony in London on Wednesday night for 25, the fourth accolade of the night for the singer.

Adele beat off competition from Coldplay, Florence and the Machine, James Bay and Jamie xx to scoop the award.

"This album was really hard to make," a visibly emotional Adele said as she picked up the statue, dedicating it to her partner, Simon Konecki.

 
 

"He is the love of my life and this is all for you Simon, I love you such."

Earlier, the singer also picked up the award for British single of the year for her song Hello and best British female artist.

Meanwhile, late visionary British rock star David Bowie was honoured with a posthumous "Icon" award.

Bowie was paid an emotional tribute first by British singer Annie Lennox, then by his friend, British actor Gary Oldman, who picked up the award on Bowie's behalf.

"The world lost an artist of transcendent talent," Oldman said. "He was the very definition, the living embodiment of that singular word: icon."

New Zealand singer Lorde performed Bowie's hit song Life On Mars in tribute to the singer after the award was announced.