Spoiler: they all had a right bloody laugh
So, the great and good of music and entertainment world were out in force at the VO5 NME Awards at the O2 Brixton Academy on Valentine’s night – and they bloody well wanted to make sure you knew about it. Here, then, is the view of the shindig from the perfectly curated social media accounts of the excellent and talented.
Liam was mad fer it, soundchecking through the day
Our man of the night – who picked up the Godlike genius award – was champing at the bit by the time he came to deliver his fearsome five-song set. Readers, it was flipping Godlike.
Former Fall member Brix Smith-Start promised “a special night”
And she did her bit to make it so, paying tribute to the late, great Mark E. Smith with a moving, thoughtful speech in which she referred to her ex-husband as a “poet, punk, mad bastard”.
Model Fae Williams posted a soppy snap (well, it was Valentine’s night)
She’s dating rapper Professor Green, who was on hand to present Tottenham rapper Avelino with the Best Mixtape award supported by Bulldog Gin. See – romance and fire mixtapes; the VO5 NME Awards 2018 had everything.
The Big Moon were starry-eyed
The London indie band were awarded Best Music Video supported by Princess Yachts thanks to their Wild West-themed visuals for ‘Sucker’ and, as you can see, didn’t play it cool. Yes, they were over the moon.
Skepta was made up to see his pals Naomi Campbell and J Hus share a stage together
The legendary model presented J Hus with his award for Best Album supported by Orange Amplification. His debut record ‘Common Sense’ absolutely bangs, so he shouldn’t have been surprised…
… And yet he was. What a humble guy
Having said that, anyone would be slightly overwhelmed to see Naomi Campbell passing them an award shaped like a giant bronze middle finger. Fun fact: the model politely declined to hold her own microphone during her interview in the backstage area, which is exactly what you want from Naomi Campbell, isn’t it?
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Shirley Manson and Jehnny Beth were total fucking ballers
Garbage star Shirley took the NME Icon Award, which was presented to her by Jehnny Beth from Savages. Shirley delivered an incredible speech in which she said: “The fact that women at my level enjoy under seven per cent representation is unacceptable. I call upon any musician in this room to stand up and really call out festivals for not representing women, in particular women of colour, our black sisters. We need to make a change. It’s vital.”
Craig David was feeling #blessed
The R&B legend, having teamed up with London pomp-poppers Bastille, took the Best Collaboration gong supported by VO5 for their track ‘I Know You’ and Craig – widely known as the nice guy of pop – was in no mood to feign apathy. What a fucking dude.
BBC radio host Gemma Cairney had a mad one at the after-party
The glitzy after-hours shindig was held at The Ivy, a highly fancy establishment in central London (we’re not 100% sure how it happened, to be honest; there must have been a mix-up), with Professor Green, Kasabian, Muse, Pale Waves, Haim, Liam and many more all in attendance.
And let’s leave the final word – and digit – to Alt-J
The Leeds trio were awarded Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag (see their on-the-night performance of the fantastically off-kilter ‘In Cold Blood’ for a clue as to why) and left us with this poignant image. Provocative, a little confusing but – overall – masses of fun, it’s the V05 NME Awards 2018 all over.