David Bowie urges Scotland to ‘stay with us’ and vote against independence during Brit Awards speech

Supermodel Kate Moss picked up award in singer's absence

David Bowie urged Scotland to “stay with us” and not vote for independence in his acceptance speech at this year’s Brit Awards (February 19).

The ceremony took place at London’s O2 Arena earlier this evening, with Bowie winning Best British Male. However, the singer was not at the venue to pick up his award, and instead sent supermodel Kate Moss to pick up the prize on his behalf and read out his acceptance speech.

Moss, who was presented with the award by Noel Gallagher, told the crowd: “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.”

Arctic Monkeys‘ Alex Turner made a similarly headline-grabbing speech when he and his bandmates collected the British Album award for their 2013 effort ‘AM’. “That rock ‘n’roll, eh? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away,” he said. “It might hibernate from time to time, sink back into the swamp. I think the cyclical nature of the universe in which it exists demands that acquiesce to some of its rules.”

He added: “But it’s always waiting there, just around the corner. Ready to make its way back through the sludge and smash through the glass ceiling, looking better than ever. 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.”

The Sheffield band, who became the first band to ever win a Brit Awards-double of British Album and British Group for a third time, kicked off the ceremony with a performance of their track ‘R U Mine?’. Prince, Beyonce, Pharrell Williams and Katy Perry were also all at the event – click here to read NME‘s full report of the evening.

The Brit Awards 2014 winners were as follows:

Best British Group
Arctic Monkeys

Best British Album
Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’

Best British Single
Rudimental – ‘Waiting All Night’

Best British Female
Ellie Goulding

Best British Male
David Bowie

British Breakthrough

Best International Group
Daft Punk

Best International Male
Bruno Mars

Best International Female