Absent David Bowie steals show at Brit Awards
Arctic Monkeys band member Alex Turner accepts the Best British Group award onstage at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
LONDON (AP) — David Bowie stole the show at Wednesday'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.
CAPTION ADDS THE NAMES OF THE GROUP 3RDEYEGIRL Host James Corden, centre, takes a picture onstage with US recording artist Prince and group 3rdeyegirl Donna Grantis, Hannah Ford and Ida Nielsen, during at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Jon Furniss/Invision/AP)
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."
British band One Direction, from left, Liam Payne, Harry Styles, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, and Louis Tomlinson arrive at the BRIT Awards 2014 at the O2 Arena in London on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)
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.