Damon Albarn gets drunk at the BRIT Awards, delivers slurred anti-Brexit speech
Albarn's the lengthy, semi-lucid rant, ran over time and resulted in his band-mates being stripped of the opportunity to speak, but made for hilarious television nonetheless.
Similar to the Golden Globes in the US, the BRIT Awards wine and dine their nominees throughout the evening. One person who really took a shine to the wine bit seems to be one-time Blur frontman and now the brainchild behind Gorillaz, Damon Albarn.
Albarn’s band Gorillaz won the award for Best British Band on Wednesday night, for their 2017 effort, ‘Humanz’. While accepting the award though, Albarn stammered his way through an acceptance speech, during which he gave a slurring, semi-lucid rebuttal of Brexit.
“I've got one thing to say, and it's about this country, this country is - believe it or not - quite a small, little thing, right, but it's a lovely place and it's part of a beautiful world,” Albarn started, at snail pace. "But what I want to say is, don't let it become isolated, don't let yourselves become cut off,” he continued at which point the crowd let out a prompt hoot.
He then handed the mic to Gorillaz collaborator Little Simz and encouraged her to give her own speech. "I just wanna say", she started, but Albarn had already eaten into the time slot for the speech — the cameras had already panned away, the stage lights were faded, and the microphone was turned off, leaving host Jack Whitehall to improvise as best as he could. Overall, it made for some hilariously awkward television.
Some fans seemed to be delighted by the whole affair, while some were instantly polarized by the political nature of his comments.
I aspire to be as iconic as a pissed up Damon Albarn collecting a Brit and ranting about politics and Brexit.— Laura Parrott (@LauraParrott) February 21, 2018
#BRITs2018 I don’t think there has ever been something as British as Damon Albarn doing a drunk speech about Brexit while accepting a BRIT award.— Ben Tunnicliffe (@b_tunni) February 21, 2018
Of course, fans were also quick to notice that Albarn's hilarious speech followed a performance by former Oasis singer, Liam Gallagher, who delivered a brilliant rendition of old Oasis hit "Live Forever" in a tribute to the victims of the suicide bombing attack at the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester in May 2017, which killed 22 people.
Albarn's previous band Blur and Oasis were infamously locked in an epic rivalry through the 90s, and it still remains one of the biggest rivalries seen in British rock history. The nostalgic moment was not lost on the fans. Check out some of the tweets below:
You can always count on Damon Albarn to bring back some 90s drama. All we needed was Liam to come back on stage and fight with him about Brexit. #BRITs— Benny (@Beno_ldn) February 21, 2018
A sober Liam Gallagher and smashed Damon Albarn is like stepping into a parallel reality #britawards— Insomnibrat (@insomnibrat) February 21, 2018
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