The Arctic Monkeys picked up two accolades at the 2014 Brit Awards, after they beat One Direction to be named best group, while also collecting the best album gong too.
The indie quartet’s lead singer, Alex Turner, stated that their triumph signalled a victory for rock-and-roll. As he picked up the Mastercard British album of the year award, Turner noted, “That rock-and-roll it just won’t go away. That rock-and-roll, it seems like it’s fading away sometime, but it will never die.”
Earlier in the evening, the Sheffield-born band went head to head with the five-piece pop act who were forged together on 2010’s The X-Factor, as they competed for the Best Group Brit. After the Monkeys were announced as the winner of the prize, Turner joked on stage, “There’s that fifteen quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.”
Arctic Monkeys made their live debut at the Brit Awards on Wednesday night too, opening the night with “R U Mine,” a track off their most recent album, AM.
You can check out their first performance at the BRITS below:
Meanwhile, you can also see Turner’s rather intense, and intoxicated, acceptance speeches while picking up the Best Album and Best Group awards here:
The rock outfit were the hot favorites to pick up the two awards that they did indeed win, and they now mean that they have been presented with seven BRIT statuettes since their debut album, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not,” was released in 2006.
Meanwhile, the Internet was awash with differing views on Turner’s acceptance speech:
I’m going to call Alex Turner’s speech last night semi-ironic. Which, arguably, is the best kind of ironic.
— David Baddiel (@Baddiel) February 20, 2014
To be fair, if you didn’t see that Alex Turner was taking the piss at the Brits, you’re probably one of those he was taking the piss out of.
— Tom (@Tom_Polkadodge) February 20, 2014
By far the best acceptance speech, Alex Turner