See all the winners, performances and acceptance speeches from the ceremony
The NME Awards just wrapped up at London’s Troxy – and you can relive all the action, as it happened, via the liveblog widget below. The full list of winners leaving with one of our famous middle finger trophies is right here.
Florence + The Machine won two awards, taking home the prizes for Best Solo Artist and Best Dancefloor Anthem for her Calvin Harris collaboration ‘Sweet Nothing’. Accepting the award for Best Solo Artist, Florence Welch said that she was “not expecting” to win as she was “never sure” if she was a solo artist or not, but thanked her bandmates for helping make her albums, describing the music as “very collaborative”. The singer also said she was delighted to receive the award for Best Dancefloor Anthem and thanked Calvin Harris, who produced the track.
The Maccabees were awarded Best Album, with the band accepting the award for their third album ‘Given To The Wild’ via an iPhone message after they got stranded at an airport on their way to the awards. Florence Welch, onstage to hand the award out, took it home on their behalf.
Recent NME cover stars Biffy Clyro won Best British Band and also opened the show with a performance of ‘The Captain’. Accepting their award, frontman Simon Neil said he was proud to win as there are “so many great British guitar bands, always have been and always will be. We’re fucking bulletproof”.
Palma Violets won Best New Band, with co-frontman Chilli Jesson jumping up onstage first before shouting “Free Pussy Riot!” as he left with the award.
Alex James and Graham Coxon of Blur were in the room to accept their award for Best Reissue for last year’s ’21’ boxset. Accepting the award, Coxon said: “The cassettes which make up this boxset were sitting in my loft for 20 years. I’m really happy people are fans of our issues and reissues, I can’t believe we keep getting away with it.”
Meanwhile, Brandon Flowers accepted the award for Best International Band on behalf of The Killers from Tim Burgess. He said: “It’s not easy to find a copy of NME in Las Vegas, we had to really seek it out so this means a lot.”
The Rolling Stones won Best Live Band and Best Music Film with Ronnie Wood on hand to accept both awards. Meanwhile, The Child Of Lov, who won the Philip Hall Radar Award, made a rare public appearance saying nothing more than “thanks” in his minimalist acceptance speech.
The Cribs were awarded with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music and also performed their single ‘Mirror Kissers’. Gary Jarman thanked NME, saying the magazine always “champions weirdos and losers” and that he was proud to be one of them. “We won an NME Award once before but we lost it so we’ll hold on to this one,” he said.
Finally, Johnny Marr picked up the award for Godlike Genius, accepting the prestigious gong after viewing a video in which Stephen Street, Bernard Sumner, Sandie Shaw, Miles Kane, Suede, Edwyn Collins, Bernard Butler and former Smiths bassist Andy Rourke all paid tribute to his talents. Noel Gallagher also appeared on video to say: “He can’t be imitated as a guitarist because he came up with something that was totally unique. He can play those riffs like it’s the most natural thing in the world. It is natural to him and that’s what separates great people from the rest; Neil Young has got it, Bob Dylan’s got it, Keith Richards has got it, Jimmy Page and Paul Weller have got it and Johnny Marr has got it. He doesn’t even grimace when he plays guitar, he looks like he’s riding a fucking bike.”
Picking up the award from NME Editor Mike Williams and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood, Marr told the applauding crowd that his advice for new bands was to “just keep going, never give up because this is the best job in the world”. Marr was then joined by Ronnie Wood and The Vaccines’ Justin Young on a six-song set. Young sang on a cover of ‘I Fought The Law’, a Sonny Curtis song famously covered by The Clash, while Wood helped out on The Smiths’ ‘How Soon Is Now?’. The set concluded with another Smiths classic, ‘There Is A Light That Never Goes Out’.
Other winners, who did not receive their awards on the night, include Harry Styles for Villain Of The Year, One Direction, Matt Bellamy, Mike Skinner of The Streets, Alana from Haim and Miles Kane and Paul Weller – who also performed at the ceremony.
The winners of the 2013 NME Awards are as follows:
Best British Band (supported by Sonos)
Winner: Biffy Clyro
Best International Band (supported by Rekorderlig)
Winner: The Killers
Best Solo Artist
Winner: Florence + The Machine
Best New Band (supported by Spotify)
Winner: Palma Violets
Best Live Band (supported by Carling)
Winner: Rolling Stones
Best Album (supported by Hoxton Gin)
Winner: The Maccabees – ‘Given To The Wild’
Best Track (supported by Blackstar Amps)
Winner: Foals – ‘Inhaler’
Winner: Calvin Harris feat. Florence – ‘Sweet Nothing’
Best Video (supported by NMEVideo.com)
Winner: Arctic Monkeys – ‘R U Mine?’
Winner: Fresh Meat
Best Festival (Supported by Farah Vintage)
Winner: Reading & Leeds
Best Music Film
Winner: Crossfire Hurricane
Winner: Blur – ’21’
Winner: Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim)
Winner: Mike Skinner, The Story Of The Streets
Music Moment Of The Year
Winner: Olympics opening ceremony
Hero Of The Year
Winner: Barack Obama
Villain Of The Year
Winner: Harry Styles
Best Small Festival
Winner: Festival No 6
Winner: One Direction
Best Fan Community
Winner: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey