Adele Publicly Supports Kesha in Female-Empowering Brit Awards Speech
"To all the other girls, thank you for letting me in your company. You're all incredible, you're all amazing and it's a privilege to be alongside you."
Adele made a female-empowering acceptance speech at the 2016 Brit Awards on Wednesday night.
"To come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much," she said while accepting the first award of the night for best British female solo artist.
"And to all the other girls, thank you for letting me in your company," she continued, addressing fellow nominees Florence + The Machine, Jess Glynne and Laura Marling (Amy Winehouse was nominated posthumously). "You're all incredible, you're all amazing and it's a privilege to be alongside you."
While commanding the stage of London's O2 Arena, Adele also thanked her management team and record label "for embracing the fact that I'm a woman and being encouraged by it."
She added, holding up the trophy, "And I'd also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha."
Kesha, who alleges that producer Dr. Luke drugged and raped her a decade ago and has committed ongoing abuse, was recently denied an injunction that would have allow her to record outside of his purview. The judge said it's not reasonable to "decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated."
The awards show — the U.K.'s equivalent of the Grammys — also featured performances by Adele, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, The Weeknd and more, as well as a special David Bowie tribute.