Arctic Monkeys frontman explains the meaning behind his controversial acceptance speech
Alex Turner has said that his Brit Awards speech was his attempt at teaching people about the importance of rock music.
The Arctic Monkeys frontman declared that rock ‘n’ roll would never die at the annual awards ceremony, hosted by Gavin and Stacey actor James Corden last month (February 19).
Collecting the Best Album award, Turner told the O2 audience: “Yeah, that rock’n’roll, it seems like it’s faded away sometimes, but it will never die. And there’s nothing you can do about it.”
Speaking about the speech in this week’s NME, which is on newsstands today (March 5) and available digitally, Turner explained the meaning behind his soapbox moment: “It’s not aggressive,” he says. “It’s just about presenting an option that people may or may not know exists. It occurred to me that in that room, or certainly watching it on TV, were people who’d never heard the term ‘rock ‘n’ roll’ other than to describe a zip on a Topman jacket.”
Speaking at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas, Turner continued: “I don’t see it as a personal victory, but it seems in some way a victory for bands and the idea that you can start a band with your mates and eventually go on to move people or whatever you wanna call it. Using rock’n’roll as the most direct way of illustrating that was kinda what I was trying to do.”
Arctic Monkeys won two Brit Awards, taking home British Group and British Album. The band collected five prizes at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas, including Best Album and Best British Band.