Arctic Monkeys have won for Best Live Act at England’s prestigious O2 Silver Clef Awards, according to NME.com. The band were given the prize at a luncheon on Friday (July 3rd). The Best Live Act Award is the only Silver Clef accolade determined by a public vote, with the quartet fighting off competition from Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Foo Fighters and Kate Bush.
Established in 1976, the awards raise funds for music therapy charity Nordoff Robbins, who work with people with a range of conditions including autism, dementia, depression and physical and learning disabilities. Millions have been raised over the years to fund the organization’s music therapy work.
Arctic Monkeys said in a statement, “Thanks to everyone who voted for us and helped us win this year’s Nordoff Robbins Best Live Act Award at the O2 Silver Clefs. It’s a real honor to be chosen. Congratulations to Nordoff Robbins on their 40th birthday and for all the incredible work they do using music therapy to help people.”
Arctic Monkeys are on a break now but spent most of 2014 on the road behind their fifth album, AM, which arrived in September 2013.
The CD’s first single, “Do I Wanna Know?,” topped the U.S. Alternative radio chart for several weeks, giving the band their first career Number One in this country. The track was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Rock Performance.
A new album from the group could be out later this year or possibly early next year.