NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

The 20th NME Awards will take place on Wednesday (February 26). In 1994 the NME Awards were resurrected to their current form. From hospitalised rock stars to high-profile cat fights, the last 20 years have thrown up some pretty explosive moments. In 2013 legendary Smith Johnny Marr and legendary Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood teamed up for a legendary performance of ‘How Soon Is Now’.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

In the same year The Wire actor Idris Elba and Liam Gallagher made morning headlines over a clash instigated by Elba’s hat, of all things. There was a role reversal of sorts as Elba was the one dishing out a ‘fuck that idiot’ after the L-Dog booted Elba’s hat across the room in retaliation for him messing up his precious barnet.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

In 2012 the notoriously humble Noel Gallagher accepted his Godlike Genius by saying a big ‘You’re fucking welcome’ to anyone who was ever influenced by [him]. He also thanked anyone who had bought a t-shirt because ‘that’s what fucking counts’.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

In 2011 Foo Fighters played a legendary two-hour set after frontman Dave Grohl was presented with the Godlike Genius Award by The Who legend, Roger Daltrey. Grohl empowered every band’s dumbo, proclaiming ‘This one’s for the drummers!’

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Kasabian brought a cape-clad Noel Fielding on stage in 2010 to accompany their single ‘Vlad the Impaler’. The Mighty Boosh star cavorted around the stage with an enormous bone in hand, ending up in the audience where he stole drinks and spat them out at unlucky fans.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

2009 saw flame-haired wailer La Roux joined Franz Ferdinand to cover 2014’s Godlike Genius winners Blondie’s ‘Call Me’. Alex Kapranos and Elly Jackson looked natural on stage together, even wearing matching eyeliner.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

After winning Dancefloor Filler for ‘Dance Wiv Me’, an excitable Dizzee Rascal leaped into the pit at the front of the audience whilst bigging up his own Dirtee Stank label. He later said that he didn’t even realise his track was nominated, but that his stage dive was enough celebrating for him.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reunited for a touching, low-key performance of ‘This Is A Low’. The two sang together, with no other musicians on stage, marking the beginning of a comeback that a monstrous Glastonbury headline slot would polish off later that year.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

The Killers accepted their award for Best International Band in bizarre fashion, with a video featuring none other than legendary ear-eater Mike Tyson. The gentle giant reminded a frustrated Brandon Flowers to thank God, and praised President Bush for not letting the US down when ‘catching those Iraqis that bombed the building’. Weird.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

In 2007 indie duo Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto teamed up for a rocking cover Heaven 17’s ‘Temptation’. Cocker, however, avoided a moment of controversy, surprising considering his awards show track record.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

An increasingly inebriated Arctic Monkeys accepted three awards in 2006, proclaiming ‘Who else is gonna win best band?’ Then bassist Andy Nicholson made a sly dig at the Sugababes who had earlier covered ‘I Bet That you Look Good on the Dancefloor’, noting it was in the ‘wrong key’.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

New Order accepted the Godlike Genius award in 2005 before becoming the first Godlike Genius’ to play at an NME Awards Show, blowing the roof off with a storming rendition of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’, followed by possibly the most-danceable song ever, ‘Blue Monday’. Ian ‘Hooky’ Hook was on the verge of tears when thanking ‘those who aren’t with us anymore’, including Ian Curtis.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

When accepting Best Band award on behalf of The Libertines in 2005, Carl Barât emotionally announced that he had only come to the awards on the off-chance of a reunion with Pete Doherty, to no avail, virtually condemning The Libertines to a messy break-up later that year.

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But in 2004... Pete Doherty and Carl Barât of The Libertines did a hilarious impression of Chas & Dave much to the surprise of possibly everyone everywhere.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Drama ensued in 2003 when Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s drummer, Nick Jago, refused to get off stage when accepting the ‘Best Video’ award.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Kylie Minogue, who won the ‘Best Pop Act’ award, confessed she had a ‘soft spot for The Strokes’ who, during the same year, took home ‘Best New Act’, ‘Band of the Year’ and ‘Album of the Year’ in 2002.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Liam Gallagher refused to come up on stage to get his Hero Of The Year award, instead Peter Kay had to give his award to him, making a joke about Liam's coat in the process. "My mum's looking for that coat," he said.

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Paul McCartney picked up an incredibly prestigious award named ‘Best Band Ever’ on behalf of the Beatles and drew a line in the sand saying it was ‘better than a Brit’

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

1999 saw the introduction of a collection of abstract categories including ‘The Pop Personality You Would Most Like To Be Marooned On A Desert Island With’ and ‘The Pop Personality Who Would Make The Best Drugs Czar’. Manic Street Preachers took home four awards and Robbie Williams' won 'Best Solo Artist'.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Beck won Best Solo Artist at the ’98 awards and sent in an acceptance video of him in a Jacuzzi surrounded by his band wearing horse masks.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

The Tory MP Edwina Currie struck back at Noel Gallagher, who at the ’97 awards boasted of excessive drug consumption, stating "he is incapable of uttering sensible words, even when he's sober."

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Noel Gallagher discredited fellow artists by declaring that everyone else was ‘shit’ during his acceptance speech in 1996.

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NME Awards : 24 Explosive Moments From The 90s Onwards

Rivalry and rock ‘n’ roll arrogance ruled the ’95 awards with Liam Gallagher insulting Shed Seven and Elastica before being silenced by the Manics Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield who told the Oasis frontman to ‘shut the fuck up’

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The NME Awards were resurrected in ‘94, re-branding themselves 'The Brats' in retaliation of the crap pop of The Brits. The ‘Bastard’ award was won by Prime Minister at the time, John Major. Want to come to this year's awards? Tickets are still available now. Buy them here.

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