Exclusive pictures from the winner's circle, all shot on Nikon.
Ever wondered what happens when award winners have finished thanking their make-up people, dissing the haters, rousing rock’n’roll rebellion and wandered off backstage with one arm holding their trophy triumphantly aloft and the other hugging Adam Buxton like a long-lost brother? You might imagine they immediately strip naked and dive into the six foot plunge-pool full of Bollinger and supermodels we kindly provide for them behind the set, but no, first they must laud their win before the cameras of the world’s press, and join NME in the Winners Room to be photographed alongside their fellow victors, then they’re allowed in the champagne jacuzzi. Here’s a glimpse behind the glittery curtain…
When handed an award modelled on an NME employee flipping the bird at the whole concept of awards, most Award winners don’t quite know how to pose with it. So hats off to Best Music Video winners Slaves for going for the classic shove-it-up-the-hooter approach, an attitude that generally applies to anything you might find lying around backstage at any random award ceremony. Um, we did say ‘hats off’ though, boys.
Decked out in her finest librarian chic, Héloïse Letissier of Christine & The Queens seemed set apart from the general awards debauchery as she collected her two prizes for Best Track sponsored by Red Stripe and Best International Female sponsored by VO5, particularly following her gracious acceptance speech where she called herself “a bit twisted and a bit awkward”. Always a boon at the VO5 NME Awards 2017, as anyone who witnessed the general slavering over Louis Theroux will attest.
Perhaps the year’s most unlikely attendees, the newly ‘adult’ Busted made their first foray to the awards to present the Best International Band category sponsored by Austin, Texas, only to find themselves thronged with friends and admirers. Matty healy of The 1975 even gave them a standing ovation when they hit the stage.
Bastille got into the sweary spirit of the thing while posing with their award for Best Album sponsored by HMV, although Dan’s inherently inoffensive nature clearly wouldn’t allow him to flip two birds at once. Reports that their award was lost in the fire fire fire after the ceremony were unconfirmed as we went to print.
The mighty Biffy Clyro are old hands at posing with awards, of course, and Simon Neil went straight for the nostril with his Best British Band award supported by Zig-Zag like a seasoned pro.
The 1975’s Matty Healy, winning Best Live Band supported by Nikon, swanned around the VO5 NME Awards 2017 like the new age superstar he is, making new friends, laughing off his previous NME awards for Worst Band and breaking as many smoking rules as he could. Salute your new chart-friendly rock’n’roll overlord.
After several decades, we’ve yet to discover what would happen if Michael Eavis, pictured here with daughter Emily, turned up to the NME Awards and didn’t win Best Festival sponsored by ID&C. Would he flip his table over, smack Vince Power in the face and storm out? Perhaps we’ll never know.
Joining Busted in the pop invasion corner, Pussycat Dolls’ Ashley Roberts hit the Academy to present The 1975 with their Best Live Band award and, by the look of it, mistake the VO5 NME Awards 2017 for Download.
London mayor Sadiq Khan turned out to be a secret grime fan, as he presented Skepta with the Best British Male supported by Pilot Pens award and hung out with Wiley in the winner’s room to celebrate his Outstanding Contribution To Music award. In turn, Wiley quizzed the mayor on whether he plans to keep the night tube cheap. A seat on Question Time for the grime godfather asap, please.
There’s nothing even remotely un-Godlike about guitar legend and ex-Smith Johnny Marr – hence he returned to the VO5 NME Awards 2017 having picked up 2013’s Godlike Genius Award to present the same honour to the Pet Shop Boys. “I’m amazed they haven’t ben given it before,” he said, and Marr’s word is law.
Looking like a cross between Andre 3000 and Jaws from the Bond films, Skepta was the toast of the night, scooping the Best British Male award sponsored by The Pilot Pen Company and rocking the tartan trousers and hoodie look like the boss’s boss.
As is traditional, the entire grime family turned out to share in the glory. Plus Goldie.
The bleak comic world of Fleabag may be brightened somewhat by writer and lead Phoebe Waller-Bridge taking home the Best TV Series award, sponsored by Dominos. Although, really, we hope it isn’t.
MIA scooped up the award for Best British Female.
Choose Love was the message of the night. Here’s Matty and Olly practicing what they preach.
Louis Theroux was the guy everyone wanted a selfie with at this year’s ceremony. Here he is after picking up a Best Film trophy for his Scientology movie.