The most triumphant and important moments of the last 12 months
The nominees for Music Moment Of The Year at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 are largely proof of the power of music. Whether they were bringing people together after an untimely death or horrific terror attack, or trying to mobilise young people to vote for a better future, 2017 was not short of significant events. Recap them below and then make sure you cast your vote here.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
What: The UK’s most exciting music scene getting behind Jeremy Corbyn in his bid to become Prime Minister.
When: In the lead-up to last year’s general election.
Why was it so great?: It encouraged the young people of the UK to get out and vote, and elect a government that had theirs – and general society’s – best interests at heart. The results might not have gone the way they wanted, but the galvanisation of the country’s youth is only a positive step in the right direction.
What: Gaga’s dazzling halftime show at Super Bowl Ll.
When: February 5, 2017.
Why was it so great?: It was headline-grabbing without being controversial, with the singer kicking things off from the stadium roof, where she delivered a message of togetherness, just weeks after Trump’s inauguration. After, she abseiled to the centre of the pitch and ran through a stunning set featuring some of her biggest hits.
What: A benefit concert for the victims of the Manchester terror attack, organised by Ariana Grande.
When: June 4, 2017.
Why was it so great?: It took place only two weeks after the bombing at Grande’s concert, and was an emotional, unifying moment at a time when it would have been easy to live in fear. Some of the biggest stars in the world came together to remember those who died in the attack, while raising more than £17 million for victims and their families.
What: An unannounced – but very heavily attended – performance in the festival’s John Peel tent.
When: June 25, 2017.
Why was it so great?: You don’t often get to see bands like The Killers playing in the middle of the afternoon, in a small tent – in fact, Las Vegas’ finest could easily headline Glastonbury. It felt like half of Worthy Farm was trying to cram into the space underneath the canvas to get a glimpse of Brandon Flowers and his gang, making it all the more special for those who were lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time.
What: A musical farewell to the band’s leader, who died last year.
When: October 27, 2017.
Why was it so great?: Bennington’s Linkin Park bandmates came together to celebrate their friend’s life with fans in Los Angeles, and around the world via a livestream, as well as other stars including Alanis Morissette and Blink-182. It gave fans a chance to say goodbye, too, following his suicide in July.
What: A poignant performance at the re-opening of Manchester Arena.
When: September 9, 2017.
Why was it so great?: The song became an anthem of defiance following the Manchester terror attack in May, so it was fitting for Noel to unite the crowd that night – the first time the venue had welcomed fans through its doors since being the site of the bombing – with a rendition of the Oasis classic. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house – not even on stage.