Londoner beats Lady Gaga and Florence And The Machine to award
The London musician also fended off competition from nominees Julian Casablancas and Dizzee Rascal. He picked up the award from guest presenters Mark Ronson and Agyness Deyn at the O2 Academy Brixton in the UK capital.
Collecting his award, Treays referenced his illness earlier in the year, which forced him to postpone his UK tour.
“I’d like to thank all the fans – we’ve had a stop-start year,” he said. “I’d also like to thank all the inspiration in this room, from The Clash to The Specials to Blur to the Arctic Monkeys to The Maccabees.”
Finally, Treays said “fuck all of you!” good-naturedly to the audience, before leaving the stage.
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