Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner Talks About Recent Acceptance Speech

By Hayley St. John | Friday, April 4, 2014


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Arctic Monkeys singer Alex Turner has spoken out about his acceptance speech that he did at this year's Brit Awards. He claims that triumphing at the ceremony was a "victory for our music".

At the ceremony in February, Alex declared that rock 'n' roll music would never die.

In an interview with Esquire, chatting about his acceptance speech, Alex said: "I'm in a difficult position in the sense that, preposterous as it might sound, I don't like being the centre of attention. I get up on stage every night and play songs, but I almost feel the songs are the centre of attention. I don't like opening my birthday presents in front of people, either. But I can't really see another way round making an acceptance speech."

Alex continued, saying, "I suppose on some level, in that environment, rightly or wrongly, it almost feels like we were representatives of guitar music, or rock'n'roll. And while I don't see getting any trophy as a great victory, in some sense it's a victory for our music. But I can't go up and gush about how I dreamt about picking up a Brit Award all my life, because it just isn't the truth."

  • Following the Brit Awards, Arctic Monkeys picked up five awards at the NME Awards. In that acceptance speech, Alex referenced his controversial Brit Awards speech, saying, "I think I used all my best s**t last week, so thank you very much, I'll see you later."
  • Two California shows were just added to Arctic Monkey's summer tour. On August 7th, they will play The Staples Center in L.A., with special guest Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. August 6th, the band will be playing at San Diego's SDSU Open Air Theatre.
  • The guys will also be making a stop at this year's Lollapalooza, August 1st in Chicago.


I'd give them an award just for having awesome personalities. They're hilarious! I'd totally love to be sittin' at that table of theirs. The first three times I watched this speech, I giggled and kept thinking, "WHAT did he just say!?" Check out the speech from the BRIT Awards here.