Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs’ voted Best Album at Shockwaves NME Awards

Band beat Foals, MCR and Crystal Castles to gong

Arcade Fire‘s ‘The Suburbs’ has been voted Best Album at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.

The band weren’t able to attend tonight’s (February 23) ceremony at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton, but sent a video message acceptance speech instead.

“Thank you for naming our album ‘The Suburbs’ top album,” frontman Win Butler said. “We really wish we could be there to celebrate, but we’re working on a new album right now. It’s kind of a jazz-inspired thing so hopefully we’ll drop it next year. So thank you, NME, thank you!”

The singer, underlining that he was joking about the new “jazz” album, then started singing in the video message: “Jazz! It’s a beautiful thing, it’s a beautiful thing…”

The other nominated albums were Crystal Castles‘ self-titled second album, Foals‘Total Life Forever’, My Chemical Romance‘s ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ and Two Door Cinema Club‘s ‘Tourist History’.

The KillersRonnie Vannucci and actress Jaime Winstone read out the announcement.

Last year Kasabian won the award for ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’.

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