As the 2016 NME Awards with Austin, Texas fast approach, we look back at last years awards, held at the O2 Academy Brixton. Performers included Royal Blood, The Vaccines, Charli XCX, Run The Jewels, Suede among loads of other music legends. Behold the night in stunning pictures and vote for this year’s winners.
NME editor Mike Williams gets the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas underway as he introduces host Huw Stephens on stage.
Happy Mondays’ Bez and Shaun Ryder take on guest presenting duties as they hand out the award for Dancefloor Filler.
And here they are enjoying a well deserved drink once the task is complete.
La Roux shows off her distinctive quiff (and eyes up the mound of free booze in front of her).
Brighton rock duo and chart-toppers Royal Blood get the live performances off to a raucous start with a blistering version of their single ‘Figure It Out’.
Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher batters the skins during the band’s opening performance.
Royal Blood are so hot, Mike Kerr’s about so spontaneously combust.
Mike Kerr gets stuck right into some meaty riffs.
Swim Deep’s Cavan McCarthy and Peace’s Harry Koisser meet up to judge the best and worst coats in the room.
The Cribs and The Vaccines set about destroying the generous alcoholic supplies they’ve been provided with.
Superfood’s Ryan Malcolm joins Swim Deep for a sultry pose.
They broke through around the same time and now they’re both back – Florence Welch and Jamie T swap stories of their years off ahead of the ceremony’s beginning.
Superfood get ready to enjoy some truly super food courtesy of Domino’s pizza.
Splashh celebrate being back in London with some delicious cocktails from Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Jarvis Cocker, presenter of this year’s Philip Hall Radar Award, does his best rabbit in the headlights impression.
Charli XCX heads up to stage to collect her award for Dancefloor Filler, as Carl Barat stands to applaud her victory.
Royal Blood’s Ben Thatcher watches on, awaiting his band’s name to be called.
Foo Fighters thank their fans and reveal they’re playing Glastonbury during their video acceptance speech for Best International Band with Austin, Texas.
Florence Welch pays close attention while Palma Violets’ Chilli Jesson gets distracted by a chatty Jamie T.
The concentration’s catching – The Cribs are engrossed in proceedings as the ceremony continues.
Who knows what’s just happened at Royal Blood’s table, but it’s clearly tickled drummer Ben Thatcher.
Carl Barat and Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno spread the love as they catch up mid-proceedings.
And the love keeps spreading – with a guiding hand from Serge – to an obscured Tom Meighan.
Jamie T and Carl Barat share a joke.
Carl Barat continues on his mission to talk to everyone in the room.
Ryan Jarman looks pleased to be here.
Charli XCX shows off her leopard print coat as she takes a minute to relax between collecting an award and performing.
Only one of The Vaccines’ Freddie Cowan and Kaiser Chiefs’ Simon Rix remember what the NME Awards look like.
Jamie T is enthralled by Florence’s latest story.
Serge and The Maccabees’ Felix White pull their best fight faces.
Despite their brilliant social media campaign, Run The Jewels didn’t win the award for Best Album, but they’re still all smiles.
The Maccabees’ Sam Doyle looks a bit worried as Swim Deep’s Cav McCarthy goes in for a hug in a very audacious coat.
Harry Koisser has an interesting technique for eating pizza.
Jarvis Cocker waxes lyrical as Pulp take home the award for Best Music Film.
The Slits’ Viv Albertine picks up the award for her critically acclaimed book ‘Clothes Clothes Clothes, Music Music Music, Boys Boys Boys’.
Tito Jackson makes a last minute appearance at the NME Awards to hand out the award for Book Of The Year.
Tito and host Huw Stephens share pleasantries as he keeps Viv Albertine’s award safe.
Chrissie Hynde almost gives herself the award for Best International band supported by Austin, Texas, before revealing its true recipients.
Jake Bugg ponders the responsibilities of winning the Best Solo Artist award supported by Pilot Frixion.
Charli XCX performs her latest single ‘Doing It’ for the stars assembled at the O2 Brixton Academy.
Pop queen Charli pulls some shapes in her black slip dress.
Jamie T picks up his first award of the night for Best Video, as Cat’s Eyes’ Rachel Zeffira and “Faris Badwan” watch on.
Fake Faris does the least Faris thing he can think of – stripping off in front of hundreds of people.
Actor Josh Whitehouse makes his way to the stage to pick up the award for Best Film on behalf of Northern Soul.
Tom Meighan’s clearly been enjoying the complimentary alcohol – or maybe he’s just happy with Kasabian’s haul tonight.
Frank Turner collects the Teenage Cancer Trust’s award for Outstanding Contribution To Music.
Carl Barat makes time to catch up with the rest of The Jackals.
Royal Blood look thrilled to be with their hero and Rock’N’Roll Soul Award recipient, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page.
Suede’s Brett Anderson has a wry smile as he enjoys himself before collecting the Godlike Genius award.
Jamie T plays it cool in his shades.
The Maccabees’ Felix White and Zoe Kravitz from Lolawolf get ready to hand out the award for Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka.
Sorry Dom, you’re out – Peace’s Doug Castle replaces the Superfood frontman.
El-P and Killer Mike give a stonking performance of ‘Lie Cheat Steal’ from their Best Album-nominated record ‘RTJ2’.
Killer Mike gets up close and personal with the fans.
Florence Welch steps up to the amp-shaped podium to present the award for Music Moment Of The Year, ushering her pal Jamie T on stage for his third win of the night.
Dexy’s Kevin Rowland brings some guests and a very swish coat along to help him present the Best Album award.
Kasabian collect the prize for Best Album, with Serge thanking footballer Peter Crouch and “his missus” and Tom treating Brixton Academy to a brief burst of ‘Come On Eileen’.
Godlike Geniuses Suede get everyone on their feet for a short set of some of their finest songs.
Frontman Brett Anderson takes it to the fans down the front.
‘Killing Of A Flashboy’ and ‘Metal Mickey’ both featured in the band’s set, while they also took the opportunity to air a new song, ‘What I’m Trying To Tell You’.
Brett Anderson reaches out to his appreciative audience mid-performance.
One onlooker takes her chances and tries to pull the newly crowd Godlike Genius in for a kiss.
Suede’s award was preceded by a VT from comedian and their former manager Ricky Gervais reminiscing on his time with the band. New Order and Joy Division’s Bernard Sumner presented them with the award, saying, “I thought I was presenting an award to Slade and then I heard it was Suede.”
The Britpop band closed the night off in style with two of their classic tracks, ‘Animal Nitrate’ and ‘Trash’.