Arctic Monkeys picked up their fourth Best British Group and third Best British Album at the BRIT Awards on Wednesday, and singer Alex Turner marked the occasion with a memorable speech and a bona fide mic drop. After picking up the night’s biggest honor for their September set AM, the 28-year-old SPIN Interview subject waxed poetic on one of his known favorite subjects:
“That rock’n’roll, ay? That rock’n’roll, it just won’t go away. 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 it acquiesce to some of its rules. 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. nvoice me for the microphone if you need to.”
At which point, of course, he dropped the microphone. Turner has a history of making notable awards show appearances. At the 2006 Q Awards, he took shots at reunited British boy band Take That. At the 2008 BRITs he was cut off for being visibly drunk and disorderly. And here he is earlier in the night seemingly the complete opposite of thrilled for the Monkeys’ having been designated Best British Group again.