Charli XCX dedicates her award to 'pussy power'
The first awards have been given out at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas, with Charli XCX taking the award for Dancefloor Filler for her collaborative track with Iggy Azalea ‘Fancy’ and Glastonbury winning Best Festival.
The ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton opened with a fierce performance from Royal Blood – who are nominated for Best New Band supported by Replay, Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers, Best Album and Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification tonight. The Brighton rock duo played ‘Figure It Out’ from their self-titled 2014 debut.
BBC Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens is hosting tonight’s event, and handed over to Shaun Ryder and Bez of the Happy Mondays, who presented Charli XCX with the first award of the evening for Dancefloor Filler.
Charli XCX, who was dressed in a long leopard skin coat, said: “Thanks this is really cool. Thanks from Iggy (Azelia) too. Pussy power.”
Justin Young of The Vaccines and Antonia Marsh of art collective Girls Only then arrived onstage to present the award for Best Festival, which was won by Glastonbury.
Accepting the award, Emily Eavis, said: “Thanks so much to everyone who voted for us again this year. It means a great deal to us so thanks.”
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos and gossip from the ceremony, which will also see Suede receive the Godlike Genius Award and close the ceremony with a live performance.
Awards yet to be handed out tonight include Best British Band supported by Marshall, Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow, Best New Band supported by Replay, Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Best International Band supported by Austin and Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion. For a full list of nominations, click here.
The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas includes Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves. The tour begins tomorrow (February 19) and tickets are available now.