After recovering from career-saving surgery and winning six Grammys, Adele probably thought it couldn't get any better this year.

But the 23-year-old was the star of BRIT Awards tonight, taking home Album of the Year and Best Female Artist.

She dominated the glitzy show, along with newcomer Ed Sheeran, who won Best Male Artist and British Breakthrough Act.

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Well done! Adele has taken home the Best Female Artist award at the Brit Awards

Well done! Adele, wearing custom Burberry, took home the Best Female Artist award

 

Adele showed her nerves as she made her way to the stage after her first award was announced.

In the first award of the night, the redheaded star beat Florence & The Machine, Jessie J, Kate Bush and Laura Marling to Best Female Artist.

She was presented the gong by Australian singer Kylie Minogue, who looked gorgeous in a blue dress which had a large split up the front, showing her enviable legs.

Adele hugged the star, before joking: 'I feel like I look like a drag queen next to you... I'm wearing heels.'

A hug for the winner: Adele was presented the award by Australian singer Kylie Minogue

A hug for the winner: Adele was presented the award by Australian singer Kylie Minogue

Rising star: Ed Sheeran collects the Best Male Solo Artist award, and also won British Breakthrough Act

Rising star: Ed Sheeran collects the Best Male Solo Artist award, and also won British Breakthrough Act

Coming out on top: Adele and Ed pose with their two awards after the show
Coming out on top: Adele and Ed pose with their two awards after the show

Coming out on top: Adele and Ed pose with their two awards after the show

Of the award, she said: ''Oh my god. Thank you so much... I'm shaking.'

Adele, the first artist to sell three million records in a year in the UK, thanked her record company 'for letting me be the kind of artist I wanted to be'.

She added: 'To all the fans - no one's made me feel like I've had to be any different.

Host James Cordon joked afterwards: 'That's one hell of a successful tranny'..

After her second award at the end of the show, the star was cut off by host James Corden as he introduced Blur.

What a surprise! Rihanna collects her award for best International Female Solo Artist

What a surprise! Rihanna collects her award for best International Female Solo Artist

Forget your trousers? Rihanna showed off her white pants in this very top as she performed We Found Love

Forget your trousers? Rihanna showed off her white pants in this very top as she performed We Found Love

Do you like what you see? The 24-year-old flashes her derriere at the crowd

Do you like what you see? The 24-year-old flashes her derriere at the crowd

Energetic: The superstar put on a very risque performance, showing her pants as she danced

Energetic: The superstar put on a very risque performance, showing her pants as she danced

He was met with boos from the crowd and the star flipped the middle finger which she said after the show was directed at 'the suits' - not her fans.

The star had said: 'Nothing beats coming home with six Grammys and then coming to the Brits and winning album of the year.

'I'm so proud to be flying the British flag for all of you.'

Coldplay had opened the show with their song Charlie Brown.

Frontman Chris Martin gave an energetic performance, bouncing around with his guitar, amid a spectacular light show.

Going all out: Behind the star was a glass box, featuring dances splashing paint around

Going all out: Behind the star was a glass box, featuring dances splashing paint around

 

Winning vocals: The girls were on top form as they sang for the audience
Rihanna performs on stage during the awards

Winning vocals: Rihanna was on top form

Tribute was also paid to late singer Whitney Houston, with a short clip looking at some of her past performances.

Florence Welch performed after Adele's award, singing her song No Light, No Light, with dozens of back-up dancers.

Jessie J presented Best international Male Solo Artist which went to Bruno Mars.

He beat Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, David Guetta and Ryan Adam.

The petite American singer joked about his award: 'This is almost taller than me.' He added: 'I always wanted to visit here and the fact i get to come over here and sing and be a part of this big show is amazing.'

Sealing her stardom: Lana Del Rey picked up the International Breakthrough award during the evening's entertainment

Sealing her stardom: Lana Del Rey picked up the International Breakthrough award during the evening

Performing for the first time at the Brits was Olly Murs, with his song Heart Skips A Beat.

The former X factor contestant appeared out of a massive Union Jack in the shape of a heart., before joining a group of female dancers in red leotards and capes.

The Critics Choice award went to Emeli Sande.

Bizarrely, she never went on stage to collect the award. James interviewed last year's winner Jessie J at her table, asking if she had any tips for Emeli, before asking about her upcoming show, The Voice.

Newcomer Ed Sheeran then performed a stunning acoustic version of his hit Lego House, sitting on a chair playing his guitar.

Who's it going to be? Cesc Fabregas and Nicole Scherzinger present an award on stage

Who's it going to be? Cesc Fabregas and Nicole Scherzinger present an award on stage

Fashion forward: Nicole looked gorgeous in her strapless lemon-coloured dress

Fashion forward: Nicole looked gorgeous in her strapless lemon-coloured dress

Woo hoo! Bruno Mars collects the International Male Solo Artist award on stage, after being presented the gong by Jessie J

Woo hoo! Bruno Mars collects the International Male Solo Artist award on stage, after being presented the gong by Jessie J

Then, in a move that will have excited their millions of teenage fans, One Direction took home their first Brit Award after winning best British single for What Makes You Beautiful.

Presented the gong by Tinie Tempah, the group beat Adele for Someone Like You, Ed Sheeran for The A Team, Example for Changed The Way You Kissed Me, Jessie J for Price Tag, JLS for She Makes Me Wanna and the Military Wives/Gareth Malone for Wherever You Are.

Also in the running was Olly Murs, featuring Rizzle Kicks for Heart Skips A Beat, Pixie Lott for All About Tonight and The Wanted for Glad You Came.

Each member of One Direction had a turn with the microphone, thanking a plethora of people, including Simon Cowell, their label Syco, and their fans.

An odd pairing: Will.i.am and Rob Brydon present an award

An odd pairing: Will.i.am and Rob Brydon present an award

 

Harry Styles, 18, said: 'Everything that we do is for you, so this is yours.'

James Cordon joked: 'Go and ring your mums, tell them you'll be late tonight.'

Formula One driver Jenson Button presented International Female Artist which - unsurprisingly - went to superstar Rihanna.

The newly-blonde singer - wearing a plunging gold sequin dress - beat Beyonce, Bjork, Feist and Lady Gaga.

She said: 'I got a Peter Blake Brit all right.

'Thanks to all the radio DJs, the music video channels, music channels... all my fans who continue to support me, this is for you. At times when i feel misunderstood, my fans remind me that its OK to be myself, so thank you for that.'

Best British Single: They may be newcomers but One Direction's popularity was marked with their win on the special night

Best British Single: They may be newcomers but One Direction's popularity was marked with their win

What did you say! One Direction joke around with James Corden after he joked that they shouldn't be drinking alcohol

What did you say! One Direction joke around with James Corden after he joked that they shouldn't be drinking alcohol

Former Oasis member Noel Gallagher performed with his band High Flying Birds before the show paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, who died in July last year at her home in Camden.

Clips were showed of the brunette star, with a voice over from her talking about her career.

British Male Artist was presented by Plan B, who bizarrely rambled: as you can see I've put on a lot of weight, sorry about that.'

It went to Ed Sheeran - his second award of the night - beating James Blake, James Morrison, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Professor Green.

Shining star: Florence Welsh performed her song No Light, No Light

Shining star: Florence Welsh performed her song No Light, No Light

Top act: Winners of the Best British Group Coldplay gave it all they had during their set

Top act: Winners of the Best British Group Coldplay gave it all they had during their set

The 21-year-old said he wanted to thank 'My family, who are here tonight, my friends, my fans, every single promoter that's ever booked me, every single radio DJ that's ever played me and my label. I'm really bad at this. Thank you.'

Presenting the award for Best British Group was Fun Lovin' Crimninals frontman Huey Morgan and Radio 1 DJ Jo Wiley.

Coldplay won the gong for the third time - the first in 2001 and the second in 2003.

The feat was the seventh Brit Award in total over the years for the band who have sold 55 million records worldwide.

They beat the Arctic Monkeys, Chase & Status, Elbow and Kasabian.

Chris Martin said: 'It's very humble, we've been doing the Brits since before most of you were born and it was terrible then and its amazing now... thank you very much.'

Adele then performed a stunning rendition of her hit Rolling In The Deep, showing her vocal cord surgery in the U.S. last year had worked a treat.

Lucky boy! British singer-songwriter Olly Murs performs with an array of scantily-clad dancers behind him

Lucky boy! British singer-songwriter Olly Murs performs with an array of scantily-clad dancers behind him

Don't trip: Olly runs down a flight of stairs while singing

Don't trip: Olly runs down a flight of stairs while singing

 

Queen's Brian May and Roger Taylor introduced the nominees for International Group, which went to the American Group Foo Fighters.

They beat the Fleet Foxes, Jay Z/Kanye West, Lady Antebellum and Maroon 5.

The group were unable to make it to the event, but drummer Taylor Hawkins accepted the award on their behalf.

He said: England, UK has always been... it's like our second home. It's where we first started playing out first big show... We love you, we'll be back soon and we can't thank you enough for this Brit Award.'

Nicole Scherzinger and Spanish footballer Cesc Fabregas presented British Breakthrough Act which went to Ed Sheeran, after he beat Anna Calvi, Emeli Sande, Jessie J, The Vaccines.

He told the audience: 'I have to thank the fans because they voted for this.
'I missed to thank my manager, and that's Stuart Camp. He's the one who took me from a spotty chubby ginger teenager.'

Bruno Mars then performed Just The Way You Are, looking dapper in a suit with a bow-tie.

 

Top prize: Damon Albarn's band was hailed as Blur received the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy

Top prize: Damon Albarn's band was hailed as Blur received the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy

Giving it his all: And Damon showed exactly why they deserved the coveted award as he belted their hits out

Giving it his all: And Damon showed exactly why they deserved the coveted award as he belted their hits out

...and as a special treat actor Phil Daniels joined them on stage to perform their hit track Park Life

...and as a special treat actor Phil Daniels joined them on stage to perform their hit track Park Life

International Breakthrough Act was presented by Will.i.am and Welsh actor Rob Brydon. It went to rising star Lana Del Rey - real name Elizabeth Grant - who trumped Aloe Blacc, Bon Iver, Foster The People and Nicki Minaj.

In an short, emotional speech, she said: 'This award means much more to me than you know. I just want to say that without the supp of everyone on this room and everyone in the UK, I'd really be lost so thank you.'

Rihanna also performed, singing We Found Love, dressed in a skimpy white top, flashing her pants underneath.

He's got heart: Olly Murs appeared out of a giant Union Jack in the shape of a heart for his performance

He's got heart: Olly Murs appeared out of a giant Union Jack in the shape of a heart for his performance

Back on form: George Michael made an appearance on stage at the glitzy bash, showing he's overcome his health scare

Back on form: George Michael made an appearance on stage at the glitzy bash, showing he's overcome his health scare

 

Special duo: Noel Gallagher was joined by Coldplay's Chris Martin as they performed for the stunned crowd

Special duo: Noel Gallagher was joined by Coldplay's Chris Martin as they performed for the stunned crowd

She sang in front of a massive clear box with dancers splashing paint around inside.

Actor Ray Winstone presented the Outstanding Contribution To Music award which went to Blur.
It was their fifth award over the years, and frontman Damon Albarn proceeded to thank an array of people in the longest speech of the night.

Reading from speech notes, he said: 'Thank you very much last time we were here was 17 years ago and what happened that night seemed to have a really profound effect on our lives so thank you very much for that honour.

'I really want to dedicate this award to a very special person. he took us as four completely broke young men and kind of helped us in so many ones. he was a friend, he was a business manager. Can the camera go on Chris Morrison.'

George Michael presented the most-anticipated award of the night, Album of the Year, which of course went to Adele.

She beat Coldplay, Ed Sheeran, Florence & The Machine and PJ Harvey.

 

2012 BRIT AWARD WINNERS

British Female Solo Artist : Adele

International Male Solo Artist: Bruno Mars

Critics' Choice: Emeli Sande

Best British Single: One Direction, What makes You Beautiful

International Female Solo Artist: Rihanna

British Male Solo Artist: Ed Sheeran

British Group: Coldplay

Best International Group: Foo Fighters

British Breakthrough Act: Ed Sheeran

International Breakthrough Act: Lana Del Rey

Outstanding Contribution To Music: Blur

British Album of the Year: Adele