With mere hours to go until the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 on Wednesday (Feb 23rd), here’s a look back at the legendary ceremony’s best moments.
The annual shindig began in 1953 as the New Musical Express Poll Winners Concerts, and for the first couple of decades it was a relatively sedate affair. In our first clip from 1964, a man in a sharp suit announces, “we come to that part of the programme where we offer some more tangible token of our esteem to the artists that topped our poll some time ago” before introducing “tip-top TV personality” Roger Moore. First up, the runner-up in the Disc Jockey Award, Jimmy Saville (and later in the clip, The Beatles).
The ’60s shows featured the likes of Cliff Richard, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, The Small Faces and The Rolling Stones. In fact, The Beatles’ last ever UK gig (Apple rooftop aside) was at the ’66 show (sadly not filmed).
If you were unfortunate enough to see Mick Jagger at the Grammy’s last week, console yourself with this classic Stones set from 1965. They also performed in 1968, the year Roger Moore presented the ceremony.
The event stopped from 1972 to 1994, when they resurfaced as The Brats (an alternative to The Brits). Richey Edwards was there, and talked about death.
Oasis cleaned up, winnning three awards. We asked Noel how he felt about winning Best New Band. His response? “Well it’s no contest really. Who else is going to win it, PJ & Duncan?”
And Vic Reeves made friends (in a way) with a sniffy Brett Anderson of Suede, before they both revealed their bellies.
A year later in 1995 Oasis, Blur and the Manic Street Preachers all took to the stage to accept awards and have a go at each other.
By 1997 it was all about The Prodigy, the Manics and Terrorvision (remember them?)
Skip forward a few years and 2002 saw some fresh-faced Strokes talk about winning Best Album.
The Libertines decided to recite a Siegfried Sassoon poem as they picked up the award for Best Band in 2004.
One of the most notorious moments was when Russell Brand introduced Bob Geldof at the 2006 ceremony with a cheeky “please welcome to the stage Sir Bobby Gandalf everybody”, to which Geldof replied: “Russell Brand, what a cunt”. (Watch to the end as there’s more banter there)
2007 was another debauched year. In this clip, Jarvis flirts with Beth Ditto, Kyle from The View vomits on the floor and Sarah from Girls aloud gets “fingered”.
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Next, in this brilliant edit, We Are Scientists annoy the hell out of the stars ahead of the 2008 NME Awards, getting Kelly Osbourne mixed up with Kate Nash and introducing Dev Hynes as “Devendra Banhart also known as Buzz Lightyear”.
Part Two sees WAS introduce an unsuspecting Reverend And The Makers as Robert De Niro and unbelievably he doesn’t deny being the legendary actor. Neither does boxer Joe Calzaghe. Agyness Dean also gets the run around.
Dizzee Rascal stage dived through the crowd at the O2 Academy Brixton after picking up Best Dancefloor Filler in 2009.
Also that year, Blur made their comeback with a performance of ‘This Is A Low’. Here they talk about the event backstage.
Last year (2010), Muse’s Matt Bellamy and Slash got caught in a box room with some NME staffers where Matt caved in to a nicotine craving after a year off the fags.
Also last year, and way before X Factor cheese ball Matt Cardle got hold of it, Marina duetted with Biffy Clyro on ‘Many Of Horror’.
And there was quite a lot of legend onstage when Bobby Gillespie and Mick Jones joined NME editor Krissi Murison onstage to present Paul Weller with his Godlike Genius award.
Stick with us all week for all the coverage as it happens, and watch all our Shockwaves NME Awards videos, including interviews with Dave Grohl and Angelos Epithemious and the last few years’ ceremonies in full right here.