Great expectations: 10 years of the BRITs Critics' Choice Award

Ben Homewood

Oh, she was hot. Adele was lovely, quite childlike still; she was just out of the BRIT School…”

Maggie Crowe OBE, director of events and charities at the BPI, is reliving the night of February 20, 2008, when a 19-year-old Adele Adkins walked onstage at Earls Court to become the first ever winner of the BRITs Critics’ Choice Award.

Ten years and almost 11 million UK album sales later, the singer’s fresh-faced nervousness provides a stark contrast to the image ...

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