Adele wins big at Brit Awards

A tearful Adele was crowned queen of the British music scene — and banished memories of Grammy Awards sound glitches — with four prizes and a soulful performance at the Brit Awards on Wednesday.

“Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don’t like flying,” said the North London-born singer as she accepted the Global Success Award.

The world-conquering diva also took trophies for British female solo artist of the year; British single of the year, for lovelorn ballad Hello; and album of the year for 15 million copy-selling 25.

Adele has seen 25 — her first album in almost five years — top charts around the world, though her performance at last week’s Grammy Awards was unsettled when a microphone fell into a piano during the tender song All I Ask.

Music legend remembered

President Barack Obama paid tribute to Ray Charles and said the late singer-songwriter had the rare ability to collapse the weightiest emotion into a single note.

Obama spoke Wednesday as he and his wife, Michelle, hosted a musical tribute to Charles.

Usher, Demi Lovato, Yolanda Adams and The Band Perry were among contemporary artists who performed Charles’ music during a taping of the tribute, Smithsonian Salutes Ray Charles: In Performance at the White House.

The program is scheduled to be broadcast by PBS stations nationwide on Friday.

Duchess joins tennis workshop

The Duchess of Cambridge has showed off her tennis skills — to none other than Andy Murray’s mother.

Kate, Prince William’s wife, put on a sporty outfit and sneakers to join dozens of students in Edinburgh during a workshop hosted by tennis coach Judy Murray on Wednesday.

The royal is often seen in the royal box at Wimbledon and is known to be a keen tennis player.

Earlier in the day, the duchess visited two school charity projects and took part in a sing-along with school children. She was carrying out her first solo official engagements in Scotland.