Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner just gave the best awards show acceptance speech ever

on February 19, 2014, 5:30pm

Britain’s answer to the Grammys, affectionally called the BRIT Awards, took place Wednesday night at London’s O2 Arena. In addition to performances from Beyoncé, Arctic Monkeys, Pharrell, and a collaboration between Lorde and Disclosure, several awards were handed out.

Arctic Monkeys were among the big winners, earning Best British Group and British Album of the Year. Upon winning the latter, frontman Alex Turner gave the speech of the century:

“That rock and roll, eh? That rock and roll, it just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swap. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that acquiesce 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 faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it…”

“Invoice me for the microphone if you need to,” Turner added before dropping the mic.

David Bowie, meanwhile, won the award for Best British Male Artist. Kate Moss accepted the award on his behalf, wearing Bowie’s original Ziggy Stardust costume and reading a pre-written speech. Here it is below:

“In Japanese myth, the rabbits on my old costume that Kate’s wearing actually live on the moon, Kate comes from Venus and I’m from Mars. So that’s nice!!

I’m completely delighted to have a BRIT for being the best male. But I am, aren’t I Kate?

I think it’s a great way to end the day.

Thank you very, very much.

Scotland please stay with us.”

Notable winners included:

Best International Female: Lorde

Best International Group: Daft Punk

Best British Male Artist: David Bowie

Best British Group: Arctic Monkeys

British Album of the Year: Arctic Monkeys – AM


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June 12, 2014 at 5:47 am

When I initially commented I clicked the “Notify me when new comments are added” checkbox and now each time a comment is added I get three e-mails with the same comment. Is there any way you can remove me from that service? Appreciate it!

May 7, 2014 at 2:58 am

Yes, how “rock and roll” to win a MASTERCARD award. o_O What would have been rock and roll is saying, “Fuck off” to such an un-rock and roll event. How about “THE MOST HYPOCRITICAL ACCEPTANCE SPEECH EVER”.

May 7, 2014 at 2:55 am

Uh. His band looked embarrassed as hell. They should have been. That sounded like a “rock and roll” speech written by an A&R rep. Ugh.

May 7, 2014 at 1:35 am

LOL ‘And the winner of the MASTERCARD Brit Album of the year is to Arctic Monkeys’….so Rock n’ Mastercardian Roll

Elliott McWhirter
February 26, 2014 at 8:24 pm

Everyone shitting on this speech is just projecting what they want on to it, including me. Douchey??? Arrogant???

The guy gave an honest to goodness explanation of how rock and roll weaves it’s way through our culture and it was great.

I don’t say this often, but y’all are fucking haters and for no good reason.

February 22, 2014 at 3:22 am

Reblogged this on dexterhotel and commented:
Hmmmm, kind of douchey, actually.

Mr Pete
February 21, 2014 at 12:28 am

The guy is a musical genius in my opinion…what did he do wrong? Seriously! He gave a tongue in cheek speech about rock n roll then dropped the microphone on the floor…why is it even being discussed? In 1996 we had the Gallagher brothers high as kites on stage, Liam G pretending to shove the award up his @rse, and Jarvis Cocker pretending to show his @rse on stage during a Michael Jackson performance, who was pretending to be Jesus Chris hahaha!

Kristian Sharpe
February 20, 2014 at 8:15 pm

I can promise you this isn’t the best acceptance speech, let alone ‘ever’

Fred Bloggs
February 20, 2014 at 6:24 pm

At least it wasn’t another boring list of thank you’s to people we’ve never heard, and with God tagged on the end. It was a rock band making a point at a pop industry love in.

the great
February 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Dan smyth needs to shut up I think and not take life too serious. . I bet dan smyths A lonely miserable person that does nothing but hate on rich successful and entertaining people

Adam Lubicz
February 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Loved everything about what and how he said it. beautiful.

Jurit V
February 20, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Alex Turner can do whatever he wants, he is awesome, i don’t see why people shock, much of this comments about him being arrogant doesn’t even listen their music, they, the whole band always being like that they just dont say it, now they do get over it , do you prefer this or Bieber who throw egg to people house? Come on their music it’s brilliant, yes the fans made him but i am a fan of them since the first album and i love their attitude, they have evolved so beautifuly that i really don’t care how he express him self, and the rest of the band arent mad or ashame, they are laughing, cuase they know how he is and they are like that too. They don’t care about this awards they only care present a great record, give awesome shows and make people delight with their music and they are doing just that, awards are okay, but come on they don’t care if the industry recognize them or not, i love arctic monkeys and the attitude of all of the band it’s so right, they deserve that and more, come on they started with no record label and get full as hell the Astoria three times that’s no luck or coincidence, and those bands should get recognize more than One Direction ‘cuase they are plenty of good bands and solo artist who are not recognize but that’s ok ’cause the only thing they want it’s people who listen them and enjoy their music. That’s how should be.

February 20, 2014 at 11:28 am

No discussion of Bowie’s wading in to the Scotland independence debate? Hardly rock n roll but pretty big news…

February 20, 2014 at 11:03 am

Whatever. In an industry that continues to celebrate mediocrity these guys fit right in. Nice to see that Bowie’s name is still thrown around.

February 20, 2014 at 10:52 am

I don’t even like the band and think it’s a good speech

Adam Lubicz
February 20, 2014 at 5:23 pm


February 20, 2014 at 10:03 am

People this is NOTHING compared to a few years ago when Kayne West took to the stage to announce that Beyonce was best and stole Taylor Swift’s winning moment at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards or have we all forgotten that little mess, and as to my memory that was very rude in comparison to Alex Turner’s little celebratory speech about rock n roll!

February 20, 2014 at 9:33 am

“Sink back into the swap”??

I think you mean “sink back into the swamp”…

February 20, 2014 at 4:59 am

As if white male guitar music – the most priveleged of them all – needs to smash through the glass ceiling. It fucking IS the glass ceiling!

Mr Pete
February 20, 2014 at 5:27 am

So, you have just branded every white guitar the same, just because of the colour of their skin. It is people like you who keep racism alive and kicking!!!

February 20, 2014 at 10:30 am

tumblr pls go

February 20, 2014 at 4:56 am

Totally agree with Dan – what a twat!

February 20, 2014 at 4:32 am

Yes. He’s right and I can’t wait for rock and roll to return.. For it to deliver a flying head-butt to all the sludgy bands winning award shows by credit card companies. Really guys “master-card” best album? His speech was designed in hopes to distract everyone just how un-rock and roll the whole thing really is.. Wanker!

February 19, 2014 at 11:31 pm

Alex turner is an actual god
AM feeds my soul

February 19, 2014 at 7:47 pm

People saying his arrogant need to lighten the hell up, it’s brilliant this. Everything he said was true. Yes he delievered it in a arrogant way but the guy is “Rockstar” he said THANK YOU 3 times and you can clearly see he was saying it all tongue in cheek

The funny thing is I don’t really like they music but this was brilliant nothing worse than Oasis Fing when they won Brits in the 90’s etc

Joe Bloggs
February 19, 2014 at 7:02 pm

Alex Turner looked like a bombastic dog turd, even his band mates looked embarrassed. This was truly cringeworthy stuff.

carol nichol
February 19, 2014 at 6:23 pm

alex turner you are rock n roll mate. fantastic speach so well put keep music real unfortunatly the brits is manufactured shite but like you say the real stuff will come through the sludge of crap. The best brit was when musicians where real like jarvis cocker and his antics. you are in the league of j lydon an morrisey not scared to say it how it is. keep doing itxx

bry (@areyounormal)
February 19, 2014 at 6:13 pm

I love the arctic monkeys but what a twat.

get over yourself and play more of the first to records, when you weren’t the uk version of qotsa.

Dan Smyth
February 19, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Artic Monkeys best acceptance speech ever ?????? What a completre and total d**k Alex Turner is. Show a bit of grace and humilty. You havent invented how to split the Atom you have just written a half decent album. Someone call a doctor to remove his head from his backside.

February 20, 2014 at 4:31 am

He’s done exactly what he wanted. Generated more I interest in the band. I genuinely don’t think it was that poetic really.

Adam Lubicz
February 20, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Really? Who gives a fuck? it was funny and he was probably buzzed.

the great
February 20, 2014 at 5:47 pm

Dan smyth needs to shut up I think and not take life too serious. . I bet dan smyths A lonely miserable person that does nothing but hate on rich successful and entertaining people


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