5 Seconds Of Summer guitarist says he’s “so damn happy” to win Worst Band at NME Awards

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Michael Clifford, the guitarist for Sydney pop band 5 Seconds Of Summer, says he’s “so damn happy” to win the award for Worst Band at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.

Nominees included The 1975, One Direction, U2 and Bastille, but ultimately the readers decided on the relative newcomers, who released their self-titled debut album last year.

On Twitter, Clifford wrote: “Won the NME worst band award. I’m so damn happy right now. thx to everyone who voted.” The band also proudly tweeted a link to an article about their ‘win’, which was shared more than 50,000 times.

Clifford had previous lobbied the group’s fanbase to vote for them. On learning of their nomination, he tweeted: “HOLY S*** WE GOT NOMINATED FOR WORST BAND AT THE NME AWARDS. pls pls pls vote. I’m not even being sarcastic it would be so incredible to win.”

The prize was not handed out in person at the ceremony at O2 Academy Brixton last night. Previous winners of the title include The 1975 (2014), One Direction (2012, 2013) and The Jonas Brothers (2009-2011).

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