Nikki (cheeky_chimp) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Arctic Monkeys shrug off record-breaking NME triumph: 'Who else was going to win?'

Only a few months ago, they were complete unknowns. Then they topped the charts, released the fastest-selling album of all time and have now triumphed at the Shockwaves NME Awards.

The phenomenon that is the Arctic Monkeys made NME history last night by being the first band in the 15 years of the magazine's awards to be named both Best New Band and Best British Band in the same year.

And the youngsters from Sheffield - some of whom are still in their teens - beat Franz Ferdinand, the Kaiser Chiefs, Babyshambles and Oasis to take the Best Track honour with their barnstorming number "I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor".

When the band took the podium to accept their final award of the night, their frontman, Alex Turner, said: "We did the triple. In all honesty we're expected to display some gratitude and we are grateful because it is voted for by the people. We're very happy about that.

"But who else was going to be Best British Band? You can't write about something that much and not be Best British Band. We won't win any more, honest.''

Conor McNicholas, NME editor, said: "British music is healthier now than it has been for very many years. Kaiser Chiefs came from nothing to huge success in the space of less than 12 months, but the Arctic Monkeys have done it in six. Things are getting faster and faster.

''For a band with two singles and an album to walk away with Best British Band is a testament to just what an amazing impact they have made and how much the fans love them.''


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