Sheffield band join fellow winners including David Bowie and Daft Punk at O2 Arena ceremony
Arctic Monkeys picked up two prizes at the Brit Awards in London this evening (February 19): British Group and British Album.
Collecting British Group, frontman Alex Turner said: “There’s that 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain.” He declined to make a list of thank-yous, saying: “They need to hear their names read out as much as you need to hear another list of names of people you don’t know.”
The band then collected the final prize of the evening for British Album from Emeli Sandé, becoming the first band to claim a Brits-double of British Group and British Album for a third time. Turner told the crowd: “That rock’n’roll, hey? That rock’n’roll just won’t go away. It might hibernate from time to time and sink back into the swamp… but it’s always waiting there just around the corner.” He then signed off by telling organisers to “invoice me for the microphone if you wanna” before dropping it on the floor.
The Sheffield band had opened the show with a performance of ‘R U Mine?’, during which pyrotechnics spelled out ‘AM’, the name of their 2013 album. Prince and 3RDEYEGIRL presented the first award of the night, for British Female Solo Artist. Appearing on stage, the singer said: “The O2. I remember this place. London, I want to thank you for showing us so much love.” He then presented the award to a breathless Ellie Goulding.
After Katie Perry’s Roman-style performance of ‘Dark Horse’, Kylie Minogue and Pharrell Williams presented Best International Male Solo Artist to winner Bruno Mars. Bastille, meanwhile, collected British Breakthrough Act from Fearne Cotton and Tinie Tempah, with the band’s frontman Dan Smith telling the audience: “This time last year, I don’t think anyone in this room, least of all us, thought we would be here, so thanks to everyone who’s supported us.”
One Direction‘s Global Success Award win, however, caught boyband member Harry Styles by surprise – he appeared halfway through his group’s acceptance speech claiming to have been in the toilet. Following a performance by Lorde and Disclosure that incorporated the former’s ‘Royals’ and the latter’s ‘White Noise’, Nile Rodgers collected the International Group Award on behalf of Daft Punk. “The robots had an amazing vision. They stuck to it when everybody said it couldn’t be done…,” he said. “I guess we got lucky.”
Noel Gallagher presented the award for British Male Solo Artist to David Bowie. Gallagher said: “And the winner, somewhat predictably, is David Bowie. You maniacs didn’t think David Bowie was going to be here? David Bowie’s too cool for that. He’s sent his representative on Earth: Kate Moss.”
Reading Bowie’s rather bizarre statement, the supermodel said: “David has asked me to say this: In Japanese myth, the rabbits on my old costume that Kate’s wearing live on the moon. Kate comes from Venus, and I from Mars. I’m completely delighted to have a Brit for being the best male. I think it’s a great way to end the day. Thank you very much – and Scotland, stay with us.”
The next award, International Female, went to Lorde. “I’m still so new to getting awards like this, my brain still feels like it’s exploding when it happens,” said the singer. One Direction then bagged their second win of the night when they collected the prize for British Video with ‘Best Song Ever’.
Other performers included Ellie Goulding, Beyoncé, Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers, Bruno Mars, and an onstage collaboration between Rudimental and Bastille.
The Brit Awards 2014 winners are as follows:
Best British Group
Best British Album
Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
Best British Single
Rudimental – ‘Waiting All Night’
Best British Female
Best British Male
Best International Group
Best International Male
Best International Female
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.