NME Awards - History

The Wedding Present
The Wedding Present, Photo: PA


The full effect of The Smiths split wasn't felt until a full two years after their split. Although Mozzer still took home two awards, in their place were the likes of The House Of Love, R.E.M and The Wedding Present.

Our man said: "This year's results reflect a particularly strange, dislocating musical twelve-months. Take the prestigeous Best Band slot; with no Smiths, Housemartins or Bunnymen to vote for...it has been carved up with between those (like R.E.M., The Fall, U2, New Order and The Cure) who've been cosily with us for most of the decade and the power-thighed emergents like...The House Of Love, The Sugarcubes, The Wonder Stuff and Public Enemy."

Best Band: The Wedding Present

Solo Artist: Morrissey

Best New Band/Act: The House Of Love

Best Single: The House Of Love - 'Destroy The Heart'

Best LP: R.E.M - 'Green'

Best TV Show: 'Brookside'

Ugly Bastard Of The Year: Bros (collective)

Object Of Desire Of The Year: Wendy James (Transvision Vamp)

Film Of The Year: 'A Fish Called Wanda'

Favourite NME Cover Of 1988: Morrissey

Best Night Out: The Wedding Present

Radio Show Of The Year: John Peel

Stimulant Of The Year: Acid

Event Of The Year: Mandela's Birthday Bash

Bad News Of The Year: US Election Result

Most Wonderful Human Being: Morrissey

Creep Of the Year: Margaret Thatcher

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