Feb. 21, 2012 LONDON - Singer Adele had the tabloid press up in arms on Wednesday and TV executives running for cover over a middle finger gesture after her moment in the sun at British pop's biggest awards was cut short for programming reasons.
The 23-year-old was midway through a brief acceptance speech at the packed O2 Arena in her native London after picking up the big prize -- best British album for her chart-conquering "21".
But because the show was running late, and was being broadcast live on ITV, presenter James Corden stepped in to cut Adele short, prompting the "one finger salute".
The Sun newspaper, Britain's best-selling daily, had a picture of the gesture on its front page above the headline "Someone dislikes you", a reference to her hit "Someone Like You".
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