VO5 NME Awards 2018: Words of inspiration from the winners’ speeches

The cream of the crop picked up some of the biggest gongs at last night's VO5 NME Awards 2018 - and brought some serious pearls of wisdom to stage for their speeches.

Loyle Carner at the VO5 NME Awards

“If you’ve got ADHD and Dyslexia, keep answering back and keep asking questions. ADHD is a superpower.”

Shirley Manson at the VO5 NME Awards 2018

“The fact that women at my level enjoy under seven per cent representation is unacceptable. I call upon any musician in this room to stand up and really call out festivals for not representing women, in particular women of colour, our black sisters. We need to make a change. It’s vital.”

J Hus at the VO5 NME Awards

“Man! I don’t know what to say! I wanna thank NME so much. I wanna thank my managers and everyone’s support.”


Stefflon Don at the VO5 NME Awards 2018

“Thanks for the support, it’s been an amazing year. I want to big up my squad and my management. Thank you so much! This is for the women. Big up the UK.”

Crowned Best Live Artist supported by Nikon, Kasabian made the impassioned plea: “Keep fucking live venues alive. We love rock’n’roll.”

“Oh my goodness, this is crazy. I’m just blown away. I’m currently in bed in New Zealand, thinking about how NME understood ‘Green Light’ like almost no-one else and how warm that makes me feel. I hope we can all do a shot together soon.”

“We want to thank the NME for always being so cool to us and always being champions of music. And also the fans, everyone here. And anyone that identifies as a girl. Whenever you walk into a guitar shop or a soundcheck or a recording studio, do not let anyone that’s there intimidate you, or make you feel like you don’t belong there, because you do belong there. Thank you.”

Living legend Liam Gallagher was the man of the night, having been crowned Godlike Genius. He said: “I want to dedicate this to my mam, my army of songwriters, past and present, the parka monkeys. As you fucking were.”