Adele swept the floor at 2016 Brit Awards with four wins, but unlike other award recipients of the night, she used her time on stage to bring audience’s attention to a very important issue.
While accepting her trophy for Best Female Solo Artist on Wednesday in London, the “Hello” singer took a very public stand for Kesha, voicing her support for the fellow star embroiled in a legal battle against her record label and producer Dr. Luke.
“To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much,” Adele began, clutching her award. “And to all the other girls that are nominated, thank you for letting me be in your company. You’re all incredible, you’re all amazing and it’s a privilege to be alongside you.”
After thanking her manager and record label “for embracing the fact that I’m a woman,” Sony’s highest selling artist referenced Kesha’s lawsuit against Dr. Luke, adding in a slightly choked up voice, “I’d also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.”
Adele, who is basically keeping Sony Music afloat, just used a giant platform to support Kesha https://t.co/x7OpZtcSqC— Kevin O'Keeffe (@kevinpokeeffe) February 24, 2016
Adele supporting Kesha = a freaking role model for everyone in this world #BRITs— ordinary (wo)man; (@darrensglances) February 24, 2016
I didn't think I could love Adele anymore and then she publicly supposed Kesha whilst accepting her BRIT award. QUEEN😍— 1DStalker (@1DStalker) February 24, 2016
LOVE HOW ADELE PUBLICLY SPOKE ABOUT KESHA ❤️ #FreeKesha— Emily (@ButConnorTho) February 24, 2016
The music industry seems rather divided about showing solidarity with Kesha ever since the court denied the pop star’s request to be released from her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke, who Kesha accuses of abusing her sexually and physically for years.
With her empowering speech, Adele joined ranks with many other high-profile female artists, including Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde, JoJo and Demi Lovato, who have publicly shown their support for the “Tik Tok” singer.
Moreover, since the award-winning singer is Sony’s most profitable asset, this very public support might also make the label rethink its position.