Held at London Shoreditch Arches on February 6th and presented by Peter Kay and Jayne Middlemiss, this was a star-studded affair. U2 picked up the ‘Godlike Genius’ gong and in Bono’s speech he said: “I don’t think that the UK music scene would be as sharp without the NME, and I’m going to say that to you tonight.”

Meanwhile Coldplay’s Chris Martin, who picked up three awards, tried to do a funny. “I think we’ve got a Brit nomination so this is the only one we’re going to win because Craig David’s not here and all that. Unless I put cauliflowers on my head, I don’t think we’re going to win that one.” The crowd began to boo.

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.

Peter Kay


Best Band

Best Dance Act
Fatboy Slim

Best Radio Show
Steve Lamacq

Best Metal Act
Marilyn Manson

Best Club DJ
Carl Cox

Radio 1 Evening Session Of The Year

Best New Artist

Best Single
Coldplay – ‘Yellow’

NME Carling Awards Tour Award
Amen, JJ72, Alfie

Best Rock Act

Hero Of The Year
Liam Gallagher

Godlike Genius

Best Hip Hop/ Rap Act

Villain Of The Year
Robbie Williams

Philip Hall On Award

Best Pop Act
All Saints

Best Club

Best LP
Primal Scream – ‘XTRMNTR’

Best R&B/Soul Act

Best Solo Artist
Badly Drawn Boy

Best Film

Musical Event Of The Year
The Carling Weekend

Best TV Programme
‘The League Of Gentlemen’