Major Tim Peake made a surprise appearance at the Brit Awards from space via video to present the award for global success to Adele.
An emotional Adele had to be bleeped out as she swore on live TV during her acceptance speech.
"Thank you, I can't work out if I'm crying because of the video or because Tim Peake did it. My kid is going to think I'm so cool," she said.
"That was really amazing. You're getting f****** bored of me. I honestly can't tell you, I said it earlier, to come back, I got really lost for a while and I didn't know if I'd ever come back and for you all to be so kind to me," she said.
"Not bad for a girl from Tottenham that don't like flying, getting global success. And Tim Peake, I love you, I hope you're okay and not too hungry. Bye."
It was her third big win at the ceremony being held at London's O2 Arena, having already scooped British female solo artist and her song Hello named Best British single.
She used her first win to announce she was supporting singer Kesha.
American singer Kesha has been embroiled in a lawsuit with her mentor/producer Dr Luke, and a court recently denied a preliminary injunction which would allow her to record music outside of her record label contract.
She said: "Thank you so much, to come back after so long away and be so warmly received is really lovely, thank you so much."
The Hello singer acknowledged her other nominees and then added: "I'd like to take a quick second to thank my management and my record label for embracing the fact I'm a woman and being encouraged by it and I'd also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha."
Brit nominee James Bay joined Canadian pop star Justin Bieber as he performed his hit Love Yourself, before Bieber launched into an energetic performance of his chart-topping song Sorry.
Bay was later named British male solo artist and thanked his record labels and family, adding at the end of his speech: "Thank you so much, this is insane."
Award hosts Ant and Dec were taken by surprise when a model wearing a mostly see-through all-in-one outfit came and stood between them as they announced singer Jess Glynne's performance. Following an advert break, they also apologised for Adele's on-screen swearing, explaining that the "bleep man" had not caught her swear word fast enough.
Coldplay were named Best British group and dedicated their award to male and female musicians in refugee camps around the world.
Lead singer Chris Martin referenced the members of boyband One Direction as he pointed to his fellow Coldplay members, saying: "What a treat from Harry, Zayn, Liam and me, Niall."
He added: "We'd like to dedicate this to all the young men and women musicians in refugee camps around the world. They could be us and we could be them, so we send them our love and thank you so much for giving us our job."
This is the fourth time they have won this award, making them the most successful group in the category.
Bieber was named Best international male solo artist.
He said: "This just shows life is a journey, everybody has their own journey, everyone has their ups and downs. I want to take this moment to thank all of my fans."
The 21-year-old added: "Man, I'm shaking a little bit right now. I just really appreciate it right now and you guys are awesome, thank you."
Superstar Rihanna was joined by singer Drake, who made a surprise appearance as she performed her new song Work.
Annie Lennox paid tribute to the late David Bowie before his friend Gary Oldman accepted his icon award.
The Blackstar singer died from cancer unexpectedly in January this year.
Lennox said: "David Bowie is deeply embedded in the heart of British culture... The legend of his extraordinary sound shall be revered for as long as the Earth shall spin."
Oldman gave a heart-warming speech before introducing singer Lorde who performed a tribute, and Oldman said Bowie had thought was "the future of music".
Oldman said the Ziggy Stardust singer had faced his illness with "enormous courage and customary humour".
"Even in dire circumstances, when he wrote to tell me the bad news he added, the good news is, I've got my cheek bones back," he said.
"He was the sweetest soul ever with the the best cheek bones until it was done. David, you were mortal but your potential was superhuman and your remarkable music is living on. We love you and we thank you."
Lorde's musical tribute included Bowie hits such Space Oddity and Starman.