Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner on Brit Awards speech: 'It was a victory for our music'

Singer says he and his bandmates feel 'almost' like representatives of rock'n'roll

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Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner has spoken about his controversial speech at this year's Brit Awards, claiming that triumphing at the ceremony was a "victory for our music".

The singer had declared that rock'n'roll music would never die at the annual awards ceremony hosted by Gavin And Stacey actor James Corden in February.

Speaking to Esquire about the speech, he said: "I'm in a difficult position in the sense that, preposterous as it might sound, I don't like being the centre of attention. I get up onstage every night and play songs, but I almost feel the songs are the centre of attention. I don't like opening my birthday presents in front of people, either. But I can't really see another way round making an acceptance speech."

He added: "I suppose on some level, in that environment, rightly or wrongly, it almost feels like we were representatives of guitar music, or rock'n'roll. And while I don't see getting any trophy as a great victory, in some sense it's a victory for our music. But I can't go up and gush about how I dreamt about picking up a Brit Award all my life, because it just isn't the truth."

Shortly after this year's Brit Awards, Arctic Monkeys went on to dominate at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas. Picking up five awards including Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album for 'AM'. Collecting the Best Live Band trophy, Turner referenced his much-discussed Brit Awards speech, saying, "I think I used all my best shit last week, so thank you very much, I'll see you later."

On February 3, it was confirmed that Arctic Monkeys will headline the Main Stage at Reading and Leeds, their first time performing at the festival since they topped the bill five years ago. Appearing as an England and Wales festival exclusive, the band will appear at both sites at the August 22-24 festival.

To check the availability of Reading tickets click here and for Leeds tickets click here now, or call 0844 858 6765.


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