Arctic Monkeys won the Best British Album award at the Brit Awards 2008 tonight (February 20).
The band accepted the award from comedian Vic Reeves, who was told off aggressively by presenter Sharon Osbourne for being “pissed”.
The presenter was then caught on microphone criticising the band’s dress sense, declaring “what have they come as?” in reaction to the group’s shepherd look which boasted flat caps and tweeds.
Clearly having celebrated their first award for
Best British Band, the Sheffield group seemed a bit drunk as they approached the stage, with drummer Matt Helders picking up a pipe from an audience member on the way.
Bassist Nick O’Malley kicked off the band’s acceptance speech explaing, “Thank you very much for this, we really mean it, not taking piss at all”, although it was his frontman Alex Turner stole the show.
“We all went to the Brits School, we remember you all!” joked Turner, pointing the pupils from the talent school who were present in the audience. “I remember (former Blazin’ Squad member) Kenzie. See Kenzie there, his little face beaming? We all had a great time in them years, but as great as the year’s that followed. After we graduated we formed the Monkeys and we’ve had a fantastic time since.” (Ironically Kenzie is not a Brit School graduate).
Turner went on but his mic was cut and the band were ushered off the stage.
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