The Cure win Best Festival Headliner supported by CanO Water at NME Awards 2020

Robert Smith also thanks the band's fans for coming to see them over the last year

The Cure won Best Festival Headliner as supported by CanO Water at NME Awards 2020 in London this evening (February 12). Watch their acceptance video above.

Returning to the O2 Academy Brixton and hosted by Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga, the NME Awards celebrates the best of the last 12 months in music. See the full running list of winners so far here.

Speaking at this evening’s ceremony after being presented the award by Emily Eavis, the band’s legendary frontman Robert Smith hugged the Glasto Fest boss and said: “Thank you very much for tis. I dressed up for this. It means a lot to get an award for playing live. Thank you very much to the NME for this and thank you very much to rest of the fans.


After thanking the rest of the band including the members who couldn’t attend, he added: “Personally I had the most fun ever last year, they were the best shows this band ever played. I’m prouder than ever to be the singer of The Cure.”

Smith continued: “To all the other bands who played at all the festivals we played at, seeing all this stuff is one of the best things about playing festivals – and obviously to everyone who went to the festivals. Without them, it would be rubbish! Keep going to the festivals, and hopefully we’ll see you again soon!”

This band, who were Sunday night headliners at Glastonbury 2019, played 35 festivals last summer over five different continents.

Smith also thanked his fans that turned up to see them last year and added: “I’d like to thank everyone who came to see us because without them we wouldn’t be here.”

The Cure beat fellow nominees Stormzy, The 1975, Lana Del Rey and Cardi B to the Best Festival Headliner prize.

Following his win, Smith then went to the winners’ room where he told NME what to expect from The Cure’s new album.


The night opened with a performance of ‘Deal Wiv it’ from Mura Masa and Slowthai. Performances are still to come from AJ Tracey, Yungblud, Beabadoobee and show closers The 1975.

The Cure at the NME Awards 2020
The Cure at the NME Awards 2020. Credit: Dean Chalkley

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