Adele the new gay icon
Adele has taken the gay icon crown from Australian singer Kylie Minogue. Photo: Getty Images
Move over Kylie Minogue - Adele has been unveiled as the new gay "icon".
The singer picked up thousands of votes in a survey of GaydarRadio listeners in the UK.
She won more than half 55 per cent of the 4,000 votes for the Pop Artist of the Year, while her nearest rival, Lady Gaga, got 18.9 per cent.
Other winners were rugby star Gareth Thomas, who was voted Celebrity of the Year picking up more than a quarter (27.1 per cent) of the votes, and openly gay Swedish footballer Anton Hysen was named Hero of the Year after getting more than a third of the votes.
"Adele has had a fantastic year with numerous Grammys and Brit Awards, but we know that this is the accolade she has been waiting for," Robin Crowley, programme controller at the station.
Adele also picked up a string of nominations at the Ivor Novello Awards earlier this week.
Rolling In The Deep was nominated for Best Song Musically and Lyrically, while her album 21 is in the running for Best Album.
Adele also dominated the category for the most performed track of 2011 with two out of three songs - Rolling In The Deep and Someone Like You - in the shortlist.