New York-based artist ends speech with message to Scots not to vote for independence in a referendum later this yearThursday, February 20, 2014
Absent David Bowie steals show at Brit Awards
David Bowie stole the show at last night’s Brit music awards without even showing up, while Arctic Monkeys took home two big trophies at British music’s leading prize night.
The 67-year-old Bowie, who is enjoying a renaissance with his first album in a decade, The Next Day, was named British male artist of the year. The trophy was accepted by supermodel Kate Moss. She was sent, presenter Noel Gallagher joked, as New York-based Bowie’s “representative on Earth.”
Moss wore one of Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust outfits from the 1970s as she read out an enigmatic speech from the musician. Bowie quoted a Japanese myth and declared himself “completely delighted” to be named best male — “But I am, aren’t I, Kate?” The speech ended with an appeal to Scots not to vote for independence in a referendum later this year: “Scotland, please stay with us.”
The evening’s biggest winner was rough-edged northern English rock band Arctic Monkeys, who won album of the year for AM and were named best British group for a third time. “There’s the 15 quid we put on One Direction to win down the drain,” lead singer Alex Turner quipped.
Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, Bruno Mars, Nile Rodgers, Arctic Monkeys and Beyonce were among the performers during the flashy Brits ceremony at London’s 02 Arena. Music legend Prince — who is in the midst of a string of British dates — showed up with his band 3RDEYEGIRL to present the award for best British female artist to singer Ellie Goulding.
Bowie aside, the evening was a polished if predictable showcase of British musical talent which spread its prizes widely. Rock band Bastille was named British breakthrough act, and British single of the year went to drum ‘n’ bass quartet Rudimental for Waiting All Night.
One Direction took the Global Success prize, rewarding worldwide sales, for a second year running. That’s no surprise — the category was introduced last year to recognize the boy band’s world’s domination.
Bruno Mars took the trophy for international male solo artist of the year. The 17-year-old New Zealand singer Lorde was named best international female artist.
French electronic tricksters Daft Punk were named international group. The prize was accepted by disco maestro Nile Rodgers, who worked on their global hit Get Lucky.