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Arctic Monkeys win coveted album gong at top UK music awards

Published on Feb 20, 2014 6:43 AM
(From left) Matt Helders, Nick O'Malley, singer Alex Turner and Jamie Cook of British indie rock band Arctic Monkeys pose on the red carpet arriving at the Brit Awards 2014 in London on Feb 19, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - Indie quartet Arctic Monkeys won the coveted best album honour at Britain's top music awards on Wednesday for AM, their seventh Brit Awards gong in total and second of the night at a star-studded show in London.

The band, who in the past have responded frostily to their Brit successes, earlier performed at the ceremony for the first time despite multiple nominations since 2006.

"That rock 'n roll, it just won't go away," frontman Alex Turner said as he accepted the award.

The Arctic Monkeys were the bookies favourites to walk away with the Mastercard British Album of the Year award this year, the third time they have won it.