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Adele performs the theme to Skyfall onstage during the Oscars Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)More: http://natpo.st/XzvSrs

Adele performs the theme to Skyfall onstage during the Oscars Sunday. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
More: http://natpo.st/XzvSrs

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Adele’s Brit Awards middle finger and five other notable bird-flippings on TV
Crass though Adele’s gesture may be, it’s not the first time this year a singer has raised a one-finger salute on live television — in February, singer M.I.A. gave a middle finger during the Super Bowl, much to the consternation of CBS and Madonna alike. Before another pop starlet makes giving the middle finger a trend by raising it at this Sunday’s Oscars (erm, fingers crossed!), we take a look at five notable single-fingered incidents from live television. (Photos: Getty Images;Reuters)

Adele’s middle finger gesture sours Brit Awards success after singer is cutoffIt was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for Adele at the Brit Awards but it didn’t turn out that way.The British singer had just picked up six Grammys earlier this month and the Brits represented somewhat of a homecoming after an incredibly successful year fuelled by her album 21 and songs like the inescapable “Rolling in the Deep.”She won six Grammys in L.A. last week — a haul matched only by Beyonce.But when she stepped on stage Tuesday night to receive the Brit Award for the best album award (she’d already won best British female) and was in the middle of an obviously heartfelt speech, she was interrupted by show host James Corden.”Are you about to cut me off?” said a clearly unimpressed Adele to Corden. “Can I just say then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time around.” (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Adele’s middle finger gesture sours Brit Awards success after singer is cutoff
It was supposed to be a coronation of sorts for Adele at the Brit Awards but it didn’t turn out that way.

The British singer had just picked up six Grammys earlier this month and the Brits represented somewhat of a homecoming after an incredibly successful year fuelled by her album 21 and songs like the inescapable “Rolling in the Deep.”

She won six Grammys in L.A. last week — a haul matched only by Beyonce.

But when she stepped on stage Tuesday night to receive the Brit Award for the best album award (she’d already won best British female) and was in the middle of an obviously heartfelt speech, she was interrupted by show host James Corden.

”Are you about to cut me off?” said a clearly unimpressed Adele to Corden. “Can I just say then, goodbye and I’ll see you next time around.” (Photo: Dylan Martinez/Reuters)

Tagged with:  #news  #Adele  #Brit Awards  #music

Watch Adele’s Grammy-night performance of Rolling in the Deep

On a night rife with lights, costumes and gimmicks, U.K. singer Adele opted for a performance low on theatrics – and one that stood out as the best of the night (second only perhaps to Jennifer Hudson’s Whitney Houston tribute, which was itself a subdued affair).

Photo Gallery: Grammy Awards red carpet 
The music industry’s biggest and brightest were in Los Angeles on Sunday night for the 54th annual Grammy Awards. Here are some images of the evening’s style hits and misses. More photos here. (Reuters)

Here are the Top 10 Albums of 2011, as chosen by youA couple of weeks ago, National Post arts writers, critics, reviewers and general music-lovers got together to name their favourite albums of the year,  resulting in a highly unofficial list of 42 great records, presented in  no particular order. And while it was lots of fun to present our picks  and extol their virtues, we though there must be some way for us to rank  our faves – and that’s when we turned to you, the reader, and asked you  to pick your Top 10 Albums of the Year from our list of 42. And you  did! 1. Adele, 21 2. Bon Iver, Bon Iver 3. The Black Keys, El Camino 4. Radiohead, The King of Limbs 5. Feist, Metals 6. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne 7. Lady Gaga, Born This Way 8. Drake, Take Care 9. Austra, Feel it Break 10. The Decemberists, The King is Dead

Here are the Top 10 Albums of 2011, as chosen by you
A couple of weeks ago, National Post arts writers, critics, reviewers and general music-lovers got together to name their favourite albums of the year, resulting in a highly unofficial list of 42 great records, presented in no particular order. And while it was lots of fun to present our picks and extol their virtues, we though there must be some way for us to rank our faves – and that’s when we turned to you, the reader, and asked you to pick your Top 10 Albums of the Year from our list of 42. And you did!

1. Adele, 21
2. Bon Iver, Bon Iver
3. The Black Keys, El Camino
4. Radiohead, The King of Limbs
5. Feist, Metals
6. Jay-Z and Kanye West, Watch the Throne
7. Lady Gaga, Born This Way
8. Drake, Take Care
9. Austra, Feel it Break
10. The Decemberists, The King is Dead

Our favourite albums of 2011 and why we loved them (plus, vote for your Top 10 albums of the year)It’s that time of year when arts and culture publications release  their year-end best-of lists — perhaps the most contentious of which is  the one listing the best albums of the year. Choosing the list is a  highly unofficial and highly contested process, involving trails of  email and a good deal of banter, but no matter what we end up with, it’s  always up for (heated) debate. It is with that last point in mind that  we’re mixing thing up this year, presenting you with a list of our National Post contributors’ 42 favourite albums, and leaving it up to you to choose the best of the bunch. Here’s how it works: You’ll find our list of favourites at the click through (which are listed in no particular order), along with our writers’  defenses for their respective faves. After you’re done considering your  options, click here to vote for your Top 10 albums of 2011.

Our favourite albums of 2011 and why we loved them (plus, vote for your Top 10 albums of the year)
It’s that time of year when arts and culture publications release their year-end best-of lists — perhaps the most contentious of which is the one listing the best albums of the year. Choosing the list is a highly unofficial and highly contested process, involving trails of email and a good deal of banter, but no matter what we end up with, it’s always up for (heated) debate. It is with that last point in mind that we’re mixing thing up this year, presenting you with a list of our National Post contributors’ 42 favourite albums, and leaving it up to you to choose the best of the bunch.

Here’s how it works: You’ll find our list of favourites at the click through (which are listed in no particular order), along with our writers’ defenses for their respective faves. After you’re done considering your options, click here to vote for your Top 10 albums of 2011.