Wednesday April 23 – St George’s Day – saw the Brits invade America as the first ever NME Awards USA descended on Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre. Keep clicking for all the winners, losers, performances and guests including Mick Jones, Klaxons, Agyness Deyn, MGMT, Albert Hammond Jr, Har Mar Superstar, Mark Ronson, Kelly Osbourne, Sienna Miller and loads, loads more.
Mark Ronson and Perry Farrell at the awards. “I’m psyched that they (NME, of course) chose Los Angeles to do their first US awards,” Farrell admitted. “One of the first parties they threw had The Beatles, The Stones and The Who. I’m happy they’re planting the flag here and we’re proud to be a part of it.”
Klaxons and Mark Ronson invaded the stage at the NME Awards USA last night (April 23) and accosted a bemused Tom ‘MySpace’ Anderson as he was presenting the Band Of The Year gong to The Killers. Ronson barely made it to the podium before falling backwards through the red velvet curtain. As the show continued, the Amy Winehouse producer’s prostrate feet were all that could be seen of him, poking onto the stage.
As seen on MySpace TV: after Mark Ronson tumbled backwards through the stage’s curtain, a concerned Tom Anderson (founder of MySpace) was forced to check if he was alright. Ronson remained conspicuously absent afterwards, re-emerging into the crowd for the Godlike Geniuses performance. He later sheepishly told NME.COM: “I choreographed that fall… But it’s going to end up in The Sun tomorrow isn’t it?”
Mick Jones’ evening saw him play live with band Carbon/Silicon as well as picking up the Inspiration Award from British actress Sienna Miller. The legendary Clash musician regaled the audience with an ‘inspiring’ tale about a dog that adopted kittens that Jones had seen on the news earlier that day.
Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction performed live at the theatre as the crowd of musicians and music industry surged forwards. “I’ll show you what LA’s all about you motherfuckers!” frontman Perry Farrell declared, brandishing a bottle of wine from the stage which he used to fill the glasses of those at the front.