23/02/2012 09:22 GMT | Updated 23/04/2012 10:12 BST

Emeli Sande Denied Brit Awards Acceptance Speech Slot By ITV Bosses

Adele wasn't the only star TV bosses upset at the Brit Awards - Emeli Sande was denied the opportunity to accept her Critics' Choice award on stage.

The rising star, whose track Read All About It with Professor Green hit the number one spot last year, was unable to to give a public thank you and the singer was reportedly left in tears at her table during the event on Tuesday.

Emeli, real name Adele, travelled to London's O2 Arena from Scotland with her parents but due to television time constraints she wasn't given a slot for an acceptance speech.

Speaking to the Daily Record, a source said: "Emeli was absolutely delighted to win the Critics' Choice award, which she had obviously known about for a while.

"After all the hard work of the last year, she was really looking forward to having it officially acknowledged on the night in front of her family and friends.

"She wanted to say thanks for the honour and for the support she has received on the way.

"She is disappointed that she didn't get the opportunity to do that."

The increased amount of performances at this year's ceremony have been blamed for the lack of time for speeches and other appearances.

ITV's director of communications Mike Large told the Daily Record: "The decision was taken between the producers and ITV."

The organisation has since apologised to singing sensation Adele whose speech was cut short by TV executives.

On the night, a number of celebrities took to Twitter to show their support for Adele.

Referring to Blur's performance which followed, singer Lily Allen wrote: "I'd rather hear Adele's acceptance speech.

"I can't say I'm surprised. It was like the music industry's attitude to women played out as a metaphor."

Radio 1 DJ Vernon Kay tweeted: "Poor Adele. Her speech was a Blur."


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