Adele became the latest in a long line of pop stars to publicly support Kesha in the midst of the singer's lawsuit against music producer Dr Luke. During her acceptance speech for British female solo artist at the Brit Awards 2016, Adele took a moment to acknowledge the highly-publicised legal battle between Kesha and her estranged collaborator.

Earlier in February, a judge ruled that Kesha, 28, must remain under her contract with Sony Music and Dr Luke, real name Lukasz Gottwald, despite her claims that the producer has sexually assaulted her in the past. In her speech, Adele told the audience: "To the other nominees, it's an honour to be standing amongst you."

She added: "I'd like to thank my management and record label for embracing the fact that I'm a woman and being encouraged by it. And I'd also like to take this moment to support Kesha." Other musicians to show their support for Kesha since the ruling include Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson and Ariana Grande, while Taylor Swift generously donated $250,000 to the Tik Tok singer in light of her financial woes as a result of her dispute with Sony.

Kesha Hollywood July 2014
Kesha has been ordered to remain under her Sony Music contract with Dr Luke David McNew/Reuters

Adele, 27, enjoyed a successful night at the Brits winning four awards including British album of the year for 25, British single of the year for Hello and global success, while she had the honour of closing the awards ceremony, hosted by Ant and Dec at the O2 Arena, with her latest ballad When We Were Young.

The All I Ask singer couldn't help but become overwhelmed with emotion after being named the winner of the global success award, which celebrates her record-breaking achievements including scoring the fastest video to reach one billion views on Vevo with Hello.

The night wasn't without its controversy though as the sound editors have come under fire for failing to mute Adele's swearing in time during the live ITV1 broadcast, with viewers able to hear her say "f*****g" as she delivered an acceptance speech. Hosts Ant and Dec were later forced to apologise on behalf of the singer.

Watch Adele support Kesha at the Brit Awards 2016: