Arctic Monkeys were last night’s big winners at the 2014 BRIT Awards at London’s O2 Arena, taking home Album of the Year and Best British Group. When accepting the best album award for 2013″s AM, frontman Alex Turner took a moment to reflect on rock and roll.
“That rock and roll, it just won’t go away,” remarked Turner. “It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands it adheres to some of its rules. But it’s always waiting there just around the corner, ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. Yeah, that rock and roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it. Thank you very much for this. I do truly appreciate it. Don’t take that the wrong way, and invoice me for the microphone if you need to.”
He then rebelliously dropped the mic and departed the stage.
Some of the other winners included David Bowie, who picked up British Male Solo Artist, Daft Punk for International Group, Lorde for International Female Solo Artist and Bruno Mars for International Male Artist.
Mars and his Hooligans band put on another super performance, offering up the hit-song “Treasure,” while Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams teamed to perform Daft Punk’s hit “Get Lucky,” which segued into “Good Times” and “Happy.”
Watch the performances and Turner’s acceptance speech below.
Bruno Mars “Treasure”
Nile Rodgers and Pharrell Williams “Get Lucky,” “Good Times” and “Happy”
Alex Turner’s Acceptance Speech