Robert Plant attended the UK Americana Awards in London on January 26 and gave a speech on stage when accepting the awards for international album of the year.
Plant’s latest album with Alison Krauss, “Raise The Roof”, won the award and Plant attended the awards ceremony at Hackney Empire to accept it.
“It’s quite remarkable really because it’s 14 years since our last confession, so we had no real idea whether or not we could still cook it,” Plant said on stage. “What we experienced was an adventure into some of the most beautiful songs that we could imagine.”
Here’s our transcript of two videos posted online showing parts of Plant’s acceptance speech:
“Thank you very much. Wow. Thank you, Sean. We have prompters in our world, they just flick round the lyrics. Well, thank you so much, it is a great privilege and honour. Alison sadly can’t be here tonight, she’s 5,000 miles away and sending thanks and best wishes to everybody. It’s quite remarkable really because it’s 14 years since our last confession, so we had no real idea whether or not we could still cook it.
What we experienced was an adventure into some of the most beautiful songs that we could imagine and revisiting the work of Bert Jansch, great… Some spectacular stuff from all genres of music that we enjoyed and took a grip of. A lot of that, the success of it for ourselves, relied really on the people that we were working with. I can’t tell you, in all my … since 19-“
Uncut Magazine reported that Plant went on to say that the album’s producer T Bone Burnett was a “polestar” who enabled Plant to go “from Wolverhampton to Nashville, a whole new world, and a whole new place to rest my voice.”