Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner: 'A band's talent is not proportional to their trophy cabinet'

Frontman 'refuses to put too much importance' on awards and awards ceremonies

Photo: Next Previous

Photo Gallery: Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner has spoken about his feelings on awards ceremonies following his rousing Best Album acceptance speech at The Brit Awards last night (February 19), which served as a rallying cry for rock 'n' roll.

Turner and his group picked up two awards on the night: Best Group and Best Album for 2013's 'AM'. They were matched in their prize haul only by boyband One Direction, who picked up the awards for Global Success and Best British Video.

In Pictures - Brit Awards 2014: The Good, The Bad And The Barmy

In Blogs - The Funniest Tweets Of The Brits 2014

Asked if awards were important to the band, Turner said: "I refuse to put too much importance on these things. I've got a lot of respect for these ceremonies, but it's not what we do it for and it never was.

A band or a group or an artist's talent is not directly proportional to the size of their trophy cabinet. It's the opposite of Moto Grand Prix, when that is very much the case.

Asked about Turner's speech, bassist Nick O' Malley summed it up succinctly: "He just basically meant, rock 'n' roll will never die, and there's nothing you can do about it. That's the gist."

Arctic Monkeys had started off the ceremony by performing their single 'R U Mine?' during which pyrotechnics spelled out the initials 'AM'. Prince, Beyonce, Noel Gallagher, Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry were also all at the event, while Best British Male winner David Bowie sent supermodel Kate Moss to pick up his award. Click here to read NME's full report of the evening.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations at this year's NME Awards with Austin, Texas. If you want to be there, tickets for the ceremony are on sale now.

Read More On This Artist

More News
X Factor winner Ben Haenow claims Official Christmas Number One
Kiss to collaborate on two songs with Japanese pop group Momoiro Clover Z
Lynyrd Skynyrd to perform first two albums live for DVD release
Q-Tip gives Iggy Azalea hip-hop history lesson in lengthy series of tweets
David Fincher to direct HBO show based on 1980s music video experiences
Questlove tells of years-long attempts to taste Patti LaBelle's cooking in new animated video
Hackers threaten to release Iggy Azalea sex tape snapshots
The Rolling Stones release video thanking fans for recent support
Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams perform together on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' – watch
Nicki Minaj unveils 16-minute short film 'The Pinkprint Movie' – watch
Azealia Banks and Action Bronson involved in Twitter beef
Tyler the Creator and Erykah Badu to star in Adult Swim cartoon special about police brutality
Chris Martin says Angelina Jolie 'kidnapped' him to write a song for her new film
Sky Ferreira shares DIIV-directed home video for 'Omanko'
Madonna rush-releases six new tracks following album leak
U2 accused of 'poor taste' for video based on sectarian violence in Northern Ireland
First Aid Kit share video for cover of REM's 'Walk Unafraid'
Grimes says Dizzee Rascal is one of her 'all time favourite musicians'
Broken Social Scene share new song 'Golden Facelift'
James Murphy streams 'Remixes Made With Tennis Data' album
Incubus reveal plan to release two EPs in 2015
Funding campaign launched for planned Hip Hop Hall of Fame museum

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM