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NME Awards 1994
Elastica, Photo: PA


And so it begins again...After 1993's Brit Awards had the news pages of NME screaming: "Must We Throw This Brit At Our Pop Kids?" (Annie Lennox and Simply Red both picked up a duo of awards), the NME Awards were resurrected, re-branding themselves as 'The Brats' in retaliation.

Britpop was in its halcyon period; to reflect this the likes of Radiohead, Suede and Elastica took home awards. The cover of the February 5th issue was: 'Take Brat And Party!' and featured Yorke, Frischmann and Anderson pouting and holding their awards aloft. Hitting all the mid-90s culture reference points, it was hosted by Vic and Bob, took place at London's New Empire and was broadcast on the The Evening Session.

Presenters: Vic Reeves and Bob Mortimer

Best New Band: Elastica

Best Single: Radiohead - 'Creep'

Best Band: Suede

Best Album: The Boo Radleys - 'Giant Steps'

Best Dance Act: Orbital

Godlike Genius Award: John Peel

Best Dance Act: Orbital

Live Event: Megadog

Rap Act: Cypress Hill

Best Film: Reservoir Dogs

Worst Record: Meatloaf - 'I Would Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)'

Best Venue: The Forum

Event of 1993: Unity March

Best Radio Show: John Peel

Hype: Jurassic Park

Best Solo Artist: Bjork

Best New Act: Credit To The Nation

Bastard: John Major

Object Of Desire: Bjork

Watch this clip of Vic and Bob interviewing a slightly harassed looking Brett Anderson. "Do you like laughing?" Classic.

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