All the acceptance speeches from this year’s massive V05 NME Awards

Wise words from the victors

The VO5 NME Awards 2018 winners have been named, cheered and celebrated (even Piers Morgan, in a weird way). Here’s what they had to say for themselves.

Bagging Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag, Alt-J said: “Thank you to our amazing fans for always sticking with us.”

Picking up Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5, rapper Loyle Carner said: “If you’ve got ADHD and Dyslexia, keep answering back and keep answering questions. ADHD is a superpower.”

Named Best New Artist supported by Vans, the rapper Stefflon Don “Thanks for the support man, 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.”

Having been awarded Best Track supported by Estrella Galicia for her awesome ‘Boys’, Charli XCX delivered a speech via video link, imploring us to “party hard and get fucked up”.

As they took to the podium to be anointed Best International Band supported by 19 Crimes Winery, Haim said: “Holy shit guys. Um. We want to thank the NME for always being so cool to us and always being champions of music.” Aw, shuck!

Avelino picked up Best Mixtape supported by Bulldog Gin for ‘No Bullshit. “I’m grateful,” he said. “I didn’t expect to win today, just a night out for me and my friends. I’m going to celebrate this one.”

His record ‘Common Sense’ was named Best Album supported by Orange Amplification. Accepting the gong from none other than Naomi Campbell, he said, “Man! I don’t know what to say! I wanna thank NME so much. You deserve it, J Hus!

Craig David

36, pop legend

Describe your do: Shiny. I get it cut twice a month to keep it sharp.

Discuss your duds: I have absolutely no idea! My stylist put together a nice little outfit for me, and I just ran with it.

Top fashion tip: Be comfortable in the clothes you’re wearing. I wouldn’t wear something just because my stylist says it’s by a cool designer; it’s got to feel right for me, too.

Michael and Emily Eavis accepted Best Festival supported by ID&C for Glastonbury – you might have heard of it? – and Emily said: “Thanks so much, we really, really appreciate it. We’ve had a year off this year, so see you in a couple of years.”

Ariana Grande dedicated her Hero of the Year award to “the real heroes – the people of Manchester” following last year’s terrorist attack.

Baby Driver was named Best Film supported by Zig-Zag and director Edgar delivered a weird video link that saw Beck dancing in the background. Edgar said: “The only more appropriate way I could get given this award is to have it handed to me at a tube station on a Tuesday.” NME comes out on a Friday – but closed enough.

London indie band The Big Moon took Best Music Video supported by Princess Yachts for ‘Sucker’.
“We had no idea, but thank you!” they said.

Alt-pop four-piece Pale Waves took Under The Radar Award supported by HMV and exlaimed: Well, this is pretty mental. This is our first ever award that we’ve ever won. So thank you for your award. We really appreciate it.”

Having been handed the Best Festival Headliner supported by Anna Valley, Muse “This award should go to Brian Johnson, the best rock singer of all time.”


Lorde, our Best International Solo Artist, spoke via video link and said “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.”

This year’s NME Icon, Shirley Manson of Garbage fame, gave am impassioned speech that called for greater equality in the music industry. She added: thank you so much. I am so thrilled to be here. I have been reading the NME and features in the NME since as far back as the mid-80s.”

Boy Better Know scooped this year’s NME Innovation Award. Key member Jammer made a curious speech in which he said: “it’s took a long time… but sometimes you think time is never gonna be the time… But it’s that time.” Woah, really makes you think tough, doesn’t it?

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.”

Pugnacious Piers Morgan was crowned Villain of the Year and, the next morning, appeared on his show Good Morning Britain to sneer: “I didn’t get the actual award [trophy] because I’m here in Hollywood – not a place most of you or your readers will ever get to.”