Over the years we've lauded a host of acts as the future. Remember who we predicted would do great things and if they fulfilled their promise or just totally let us all down.
The award for Best New Band was first given out in 1956 to Ronnie Scott. It then reappeared sporadically over the course of the next two decades under various titles. Here’s who won it in those early years:
Ronnie Scott (1956)
Spencer Davis (1966, 1967)
Love Affair (1968)
McGuninnes Flint (1970, 1971)
The New Seekers (1972)
Golden Earring (1973, 1974)
Bad Company (1975)
The hard rock supergroup was made up of members of Free, Mott The Hoople and King Crimson – a recipe for instant success in the mid-’70s.
What happened next?: They released 11 albums in the next 20 years, before splitting for the second time in 1999.
Where are they now?: They’ve split and reformed several times, most recently in 2008. They are presently still together.
Tom Robinson (1977)
The Cambridge-born musician used his music to promote LGBT rights and formed the Tom Robinson Band in 1976.
What happened next?: Single ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’ became a hit in ’77, Robinson collaborated with Elton John and the band played with The Police, amongst other achievements.
Where is he now?: He released his first album in 20 years in 2015 in ‘Only The Now’, which featured Billy Bragg and Ian McKellen.
Public Image Ltd (1978)
John Lydon followed the short-lived Sex Pistols chaos with something more experimental in PiL.
What happened next?: Much of their career was of a combative nature, and there were tensions in the band with members of the media and music industry. Several line-up changes occurred over the years but didn’t stop the band from releasing nine albums in their first stint together.
Where are they now?: Split in 1992, but got back together in 2009. They’ve released two albums in ‘This Is PiL’ and ‘What The World Needs Now…’ since.
The Specials (1979)
The 2 tone and ska band from Coventry set themselves apart from other bands in the genres by imbuing their lyrics with politics.
What happened next?: Seven albums, two splits and subsequent reunions later, they’re still considered one of the most influential politically-charged bands regardless of genre.
Where are they now?: They’ve reunited twice since originally splitting in 1984 – once in ’96 and again in ’08. They’re still going and The Libertines’ Gary Powell is currently drumming for them.
The Birmingham reggae fans rose to fame after supporting The Pretenders and their promise was rewarded in their Best New Band win.
What happened next?: They broke America and scored a mega hit with their version of ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’.
Where are they now?: They’ve gone through some line-up changes, but are still going.
The Smiths (1983)
The Manchester miserabilists were crowned the best of the new a year after forming and all was still relatively rosy in their world.
What happened next?: A slew of brilliant albums, kicking off with 1984’s ‘The Smiths’, and a whole lot of intra-band tension.
Where are they now?: Never, ever, ever getting back together. Morrissey and Marr both have their own solo careers, Mike Joyce dabbles in radio and has presented shows on BBC 6Music, and Andy Rourke performed with Mani and Peter Hook in Freebird before moving to New York.
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Bronski Beat (1984)
The London synth-pop trio scored a record deal in ’84 after only playing nine gigs and continued achieving when they were crowned Best New Band the same year.
What happened next?: They released two albums in two years, then took ten years to release a third.
Where are they now?: They parted ways in 1995.
The Jesus And Mary Chain (1985)
Brothers Jim and William Reid were joined by Douglas Hart and Bobby Gillespie in the early days of the Mary Chain, who helped create their swathes of noise.
What happened next?: They released their debut album ‘Psychocandy’ in 1995, which went on to be considered hugely influential. They released five further records before splitting. The inclusion of ‘Just Like Honey’ in Lost In Translation introduced them to a new generation of fans in 2003.
Where are they now?: They broke up in 1999, but got the band back together in 2007. They’ve just announced ‘Damage And Joy’, their first studio album in over 18 years.
The Housemartins (1986)
The Hull group mixed Marxist politics and frontman Paul Heaton’s Christian faith in their lyrics.
What happened next?: At the end of 1986, they scored their only UK Number One with a cover of ‘Caravan Of Love’.
Where are they now?: Split in 1988. Most notably, Norman Cook went on to become Fatboy Slim.
The Proclaimers (1987)
Leith brothers Craig and Charlie Reid broke through after supporting The Housemartins in 1986.
What happened next?: A year after their NME Awards win, they released what would be their biggest hit – ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.
Where are they now?: Still clocking up some strong mileage – they’ve been touring this year and released latest album ‘Let’s Hear It for the Dogs’ in 2015.
The Stone Roses (1989)
After forming in 1983, the Manchester group finally put out their debut album in 1989, to huge acclaim.
What happened next?: Their infamous Spike Island gig was dubbed a failure and second album ‘The Second Album’ wasn’t released til 1994. Guitarist John Squire left in ’96 ahead of the full band breaking up.
Where are they now?: Headlining some massive venues next summer. They released two new songs – ‘All For One’ and ‘Beautiful Thing’ – this summer.
The Charlatans (1990)
Led by Tim Burgess, the band were one of the rising stars of the Manchester scene when they were named the cream of the crop in 1990.
What happened next?: They released their debut album ‘Some Friendly’ in October 1990 and it went to Number One. It was the beginning of an illustrious career.
Where are they now?: Drummer Jon Brookes sadly passed away in 2013 after a battle with brain cancer. The band are still going, however, and released their twelfth album ‘Modern Nature’ in 2015.
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Hull trio were flavour of the month after forming in 1990, reflected in their 1991 victory.
What happened next?: They swiftly fell out of favour but struggled on to a third album, ‘In The Best Possible Taste’.
Where are they now?: The band split in 1995 having fallen out of favour with the media and the Britpop-loving public.
The London band were plonked on the cover of NME before they’d even released a single, so they were a clear shoe-in for Best New Band.
What happened next?: Brett Anderson and Bernard Butler had a falling out and the guitarist left. The rest of the band continued until 2003 when they broke up. They reunited in 2010.
Where are they now?: They released the very good ‘Night Thoughts’ album and film at the start of 2016.
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Coolly androgynous, post-punk inspired Londoners who were one of Britpop’s finest picked up the trophy in 1994.
What happened next?: Their phenomenal self-titled debut was eventually followed by the poorly-received ‘The Menace’ in 2000.
Where are they now?: Broke up after the release of final single ‘The Bitch Don’t Work’ in 2001. Frischmann emigrated to Colorado where she is an artist, guitarist Donna Matthews became a pastor in Totnes, bassist Annie Holland still lives in Brighton and drummer Justin Welch played with Lush on their reunion tour in May.
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Eternally bickering brothers Noel and Liam Gallagher, plus mates, were one of the stars of Britpop and famously embroiled in a battle of words and sales with Londoners Blur.
What happened next?: Following a meteoric rise, which included their humongous Knebworth dates, the band split in 2009.
Where are they now?: Still slagging each other off, still not getting back together. Noel has his High Flying Birds to focus on, while Liam is preparing a solo album.
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The Oxford trio had risen up the ranks since their ’94 debut single ‘Caught By The Fuzz’ and the subsequent year’s first album ‘I Should Coco’.
What happened next?: Second album ‘In It For The Money’ followed in 1997 as the group became one of the UK’s most beloved bands of the ’90s.
Where are they now?: Split in 2010 while working on an album with the working title ‘Release The Drones’, which is unfinished and unreleased. Gaz Coombes has embarked on a successful solo career, Danny Goffey released an album as Vangoffey in 2015, and Mick Quinn plays with other bands The DB Band and The Beat Seeking Missiles.
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Kula Shaker (1997)
The Londoners mixed things up by fusing their music with their interest in Indian music and culture, setting themselves apart from their peers.
What happened next?: Their original time was short-lived, being together for only four years and two albums.
Where are they now?: They split in 2009, but reunited for charity album ‘School Of Braja’ in 2004. They released their fifth album ‘K 2.0’ earlier this year.
Yorkshire five-piece Embrace formed in 1990, but didn’t release their debut album ‘The Good Will Out’ until 1998, the same year they were named Best New Band.
What happened next?: They were supported by Coldplay in 2000 and frontman Chris Martin went on to write one of Embrace’s biggest hits ‘Gravity’.
Where are they now?: They went on hiatus in 2006 and returned in 2011. They released their self-titled sixth album in 2014, and haven’t done a whole lot, save for a few gigs and festivals, since.
The Southport band won the Mercury for their album ‘Bring It On’ in 1998 and added to their awards with Best New Band a year later.
What happened next?: Two well-received albums were succeeded by four records welcomed by an increasingly lacklustre response.
Where are they now?: Still going, apparently. Who knew?!
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The Devon trio emerged with eclectic, complex and proggy debut ‘Showbiz’ in ’99, showing glimpses of what they were to become.
What happened next?: A steady climb to more and more epic heights over the course of six albums.
Where are they now?: Flying drones around stadiums, obviously.
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Chris Martin’s group had already started well with their chart-topping debut ‘Parachutes’ the year prior, but things got even better in 2001 when they were named Best New Band.
What happened next?: They slowly but surely made their way to being one of the world’s biggest bands, capable of selling out stadiums across the world.
Where are they now?: Being Godlike Geniuses, touring the world and getting their revenge on Bowie for turning down their offer of a collaboration by beating the late star to British Artist Of The Year at the BBC Music Awards.
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The Strokes (2002)
The Strokes were one of the saviours of the early noughties, dragging music out of the doldrums and giving it a new shot of life.
What happened next?: Second album ‘Room On Fire’ followed in 2003, as did third ‘First Impressions Of Earth’ in 2006. From there, things got tenser in Camp Strokes, with gigs becoming rarer and albums dropping in quality. More and more side projects appeared as the band spent more time apart.
Where are they now?: “Alive and well in New York City”, as Nick Valensi told NME in September. They’re also working on new music following 2016’s excellent ‘Future Present Past’ EP, as well as various side projects.
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The Libertines (2003)
Hopeless romantics The Libertines caught fans’ imaginations with their babblings about Albion and Arcadia, as well as their willingness to play literally anywhere, including their own grubby Bethnal Green flat.
What happened next?: A soap opera-worthy circus of tabloid shame, drugs, depression, prison and intra-band fighting.
Where are they now?: Last seen together in July 2016 when they played a secret, very sweaty gig at north London pub The Boogaloo.
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Kings Of Leon (2004)
The bearded, long-haired Followill clan followed The Strokes and The Libertines’ lead in reigniting the passion and energy of rock’n’roll following some stagnant, quality-starved years, and were rewarded for it in 2004.
What happened next?: Global superstardom, the infamous pigeon-gate and six albums of largely huge commercial success.
Where are they now?: Preparing for a year of mammoth gigs in support of latest album ‘WALLS’.
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Motormouth Johnny Borrell and his pals certainly knew how to get the public’s attention (comparing himself to Dylan being one approach), but they also had the tunes to back his gobby claims up.
What happened next?: Huge fame and success for a bit, before falling more and more out of favour. Borrell put the band on hold to concentrate on his solo career, getting back together for some small dates in 2014.
Where are they now?: They’re technically still together, but not very active. Borrell will occasionally reappear into view to say something disparaging about the good old days or release a new solo album.
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Arctic Monkeys (2006)
Before the Brylcreem and leather jackets, Arctic Monkeys were just four fresh-faced Sheffield lads, unaware of all the fame and fortune to come.
What happened next?: They only went on and became the biggest band in the world, didn’t they?
Where are they now?: Having a little rest while Alex has been keeping himself busy with his bit on the side, Miles Kane, in The Last Shadow Puppets.
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The new rave kings really gave the genre credence when they picked up Best New Band in 2007.
What happened next?: They painted the world neon, won the Mercury Music Prize for debut album ‘Myths Of The Near Future’ and released two more albums in ‘Surfing The Void’ and ‘Love Frequency’.
Where are they now?: Like the many glowsticks used in their name, Klaxons’ light eventually went out. The end came in 2015 with one last hurrah around the UK. Keyboardist and singer James Righton is now making music under the name Shock Machine.
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The Enemy (2008)
Coventry trio The Enemy burst onto the scene with 2007 debut ‘We’ll Live And Die In These Towns’, which was full of songs rife with social observations and kitchen sink storytelling.
What happened next?: They scored two more Top 10 albums with their next two releases, and put out final album ‘It’s Automatic’ in 2015.
Where are they now?: They split up in 2016 after one last headline tour.
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US psych-rock duo MGMT were indie darlings at the time, thanks to songs like ‘Time To Pretend’ and ‘Electric Feel’.
What happened next?: They got progressively weirder, with their latest record – 2013’s self-titled release – a mind-bending odyssey.
Where are they now?: Apparently working on a new album, but they’re taking their sweet time about it.
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Bombay Bicycle Club (2010)
Despite releasing their second album ‘Flaws’ a matter of months after the ceremony, the north London school friends were crowned Best New Band in 2010.
What happened next?: They put out another three albums, each more experimental and worldly than the last, and were the last band to play at Earls Court before it closed its doors in 2014.
Where are they now?: On hiatus. Bassist Ed Nash is the only one so far to release solo material, using the moniker Toothless.
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The Manchester pop pair followed a strong start that included supporting Scissor Sisters and releasing a hook-filled debut in 2010’s ‘Happiness’ by picking up the coveted trophy in February 2011.
What happened next?:Two further albums, plus collaborations with Elton John and a surprise appearance by Kylie Minogue at a 2011 show.
Where are they now?: It’s all quiet on the Hurts front at the moment.
The Vaccines (2012)
Former shy boy solo artist Jay Jay Pistolet reappeared as Justin Young, bolshy frontman of The Vaccines, when they shared their debut track ‘If You Wanna’ in 2010. It was a metamorphosis much like that moment in teen movies when the “ugly” girl takes off her glasses and everyone suddenly pays attention.
What happened next?: Two further albums – ‘Come Of Age’ (2012), ‘English Graffiti’ (2015) – cemented their position alongside mammoth gigs at venues like Ally Pally and The O2.
Where are they now?: Drummer Pete Robertson left earlier this year, but the remaining trio are keeping things going and are currently working on new music.
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Palma Violets (2013)
The raucous south London four-piece erupted out of their Lambeth studio 180 and rapidly ascended through the ranks to become one of the country’s most promising acts.
What happened next?: Debut album ‘180’ followed a couple of weeks after the awards. On album number two, they embraced pub-rock and headlined the NME Awards tour in 2015.
Where are they now?: There are rumours that the band have split up, but there has been no official comment as yet. Chilli Jesson has been working with new bands like north London’s Dead Pretties in a production capacity.
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The brothers Loveless were rewarded for their brittle and bruising self-titled debut album with the award, beating the likes of Chvrches, Wolf Alice and Courtney Barnett.
What happened next?: Released their excellent second album ‘Undertow’ in 2015 and proved to be one of the UK’s best live bands while supporting Wolf Alice the same year.
Where are they now?: Working on their third album in Sheffield and probably being extremely dry-witted and sarcastic still.
Royal Blood (2015)
The Brighton duo had released their debut album the year prior to much acclaim, and celebrated that fact with their first NME Awards victory.
What happened next?: A victory lap touring the world.
Where are they now?: Working on album number two and occasionally popping up on social media to share behind-the-scenes glimpses.
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Rat Boy (2016)
Essex’s Jordan Cardy and his mates, aka Rat Boy, was the latest to pick up the award. Who will succeed him in 2017?
What happened next?: Continued his ascent into bigger and bigger venues and released the ‘Get Over It’ EP, which moved his sound into more hip-hop territory.
Where are they now?: He’s spent 2016 causing chaos across the UK and holed up in the studio working on his debut album.