Coming hot on the heels of the televised Brit Awards comes the somewhat more ‘musical’ NME Awards. Britain’s NME – New Musical Express – celebrated turning 60 last year as one of our favourite music mags.
if you want an idea of how different NME is to the Brits, just look at the award it gave One Direction – Worst Band.
You get the picture.
It even gave Harry Styles Villain of the Year, although he wasn’t there to collect.
Unsurprisingly. Mind you, neither was Barack Obama, awarded Hero of the Year.
Florence + The Machine managed to pick up Best Solo Artist, somewhat bizarrely, and Best Dancefloor Anthem for Sweet Nothing with Calvin Harris. Her acceptance speech was delightful. She is no more clear than anyone if she is a solo artist or part of a band. Does it matter? Great voice and gorgeous songs.
Other winners included The Macabees – their award for Best Album for third album ‘Given To The Wild’ had to be accepted via iPhone after they were stranded at an airport..
Best British Band went to Biffy Clyro and frontman Simon Neil said he was proud to win as there are “so many great British guitar bands, always have been and always will be. We’re fucking bulletproof.” Palma Violets won Best New Band, while Blur picked up Best Reissue for last year’s ’21’ boxset.
Best International Band went to The Killers. In another change to what we saw at the Brits, The Rolling Stones won Best Live Band and Best Music Film. The Child Of Lov, made a rare and brief public appearance to accept the Philip Hall Radar Award.
The Cribs received the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music and, Johnny Marr picked up the prestigious award for Godlike Genius.
Other winners included Foals’ Inhaler (Best Track), R U Mine by Arctic Monkeys (Best Video), Fresh Meat (Best TV Show), Reading and Leeds (Best Festival), Festival No 6 (Best Small Festival), Crossfire Hurricane (Best Music Film), @babyhaim (Best Twitter), The Story of the Streets by Mike Skinner (Best Book), Olympics Opening Ceremony (Music Moment Of The Year), Muse (Best Fan Community), The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Best Film), Matt Bellamy (Hottest Man) and Amy Lee (Hottest Woman).