And we’re back! The BandLab NME Awards 2022 has returned in its wonderfully lively and drunken glory, as tonight, a bevy of the music world’s biggest and brightest stars take to London’s O2 Brixton Academy.
As artists and bands gather to celebrate a brilliant year in music, follow the night as it unfolds through stunning photos, as captured by our team of roving snappers. Here you’ll find all the best bits: stunning red carpet looks, huge performances, extra special guests and many unfiltered shenanigans. Here’s all the action as it happens…
1Let’s get this party started
Nova Twins are in the zone. Let the chaos commence…
2Fancy a pizza the action?
Don’t say we don’t treat our esteemed guests…
3BERWYN hit the red carpet
The Romford-raised rapper channelled mega Stone Roses vibes with his bucket hat. Groovy AF.
4CHVRCHES looked super snazzy
The trio are up for Best Band In The World supported by Pizza Express, as well as Best Song by a UK Artist for their Robert Smith team-up, ‘How Not To Drown’.
5And so did Adam Lambert
Show us your special moves!
7Nice shades, Fontaines D.C.
Sha Sha Sha! Dublin’s finest looked achingly cool as they posed for the cameras.
8FKA twigs brought some serious style
Out youngest-ever Godlike Genius stunned on the red carpet.
9Foals! Foals! Foals!
Looking sharp, fellas.
10It’s only bloody Francis Bourgeois
King of TikTok. King of trainspotting. King of our hearts.
11Fender & co. brought the sax appeal
The North Shields rocker and his band (including his iconic bucket hatted saxophonist!) kicked things off with a rousing rendition of ‘Seventeen Going Under’.
12Wish you were here, R Kid
Brix Smith accepted the Music Moment Of The Year Award on behalf of Liam Gallagher.
13Bimini and Adam Lambert presented the Best TV Series award
“You look so sexy, you make me wanna overthrow the government,” the UK drag icon told Lambert. Saucy!
14CHVRCHES x Robert Smith x Jehnny Beth
A bunch of legends shared the stage as The Cure frontman and Scottish trio picked up their Best Song From The UK gong for their stellar team-up ‘How Not To Drown’.
15Bob Vylan here, sporting their own merch
The duo were in the house to present the Best Festival In The UK award, supported By White Claw.
16The dream team lit up the stage
Sigrid and Griff, winners of the Best Collaboration award, delivered an epic rendition of their recent single, ‘Head On Fire’.
17Best friends forever
Sigrid shared a joke with Griff as she presented her pal with the NME Radar Award.
18Dick and Dom hit the NME bungalow
Just look at them, the happy little scamps!
19“You’re just like a dream”
Robert Smith and CHVRCHES treated O2 Brixton Academy to an electric performance of ‘Just Like Heaven’. Lucky us!
20Jessie and Lennie Ware’s acceptance speech was a right laugh
“This is the first NME award I’ve ever been up for,” said Jessie, collecting the pair’s Best Podcast for Table Manners. “I’ve only had four fucking albums and it takes my 70-year-old mother!”
21Daisy May Cooper gave us some jazz hands
Strike a pose!
22All hail Boy George
A silly pose? Tick. Some fabulous eyeshadow? Tick. A brilliant, view-blocking hat? TICK!
23We love you BERWYN, we do!
Middle fingers up if you’ve just won Best New Act From The UK!
24A dynamic duo
Lady Leshurr and Daisy May Cooper presented the show with legendary enthusiasm.
25Dan Smith and Natalie Imbruglia became pals
An unlikely crossover, but we’re into it!
26Rina Sawayama won Best Live Act Supported By Grolsch
Pixels, assemble! The boundary-breaking star picked up her first-ever NME award in front of a legion of fans.
27…before she entered full rockstar mode
Rina showed us all how to headbang as she stormed through a striking rendition of ‘XS’.
28Nia Archives delivered an inspiring speech
“It doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter where you come from, you can do whatever you like and you can make something of yourself,” said the Bradford-born artist, as she collected her Best Producer award.
29Lady Leshurr made her way to the winners’ room
Peek-a-boo! It’s our brilliant co-host.
30FKA twigs put on a breathtaking show
Our Godlike Genius performed ‘Caprisongs’ highlight ‘Tears In The Club’ for the stars assembled at the O2 Brixton Academy.
31Robert Smith gave us his widest smile
32A very wholesome moment
Musical talent is truly in the blood. The legendary Neneh Cherry accepted the Icon Award from her daughter, pop hero Mabel.
33Aisling Bea showed off her brand shiny new gong
Another huge legend, here! The Irish comedian and actress won the Best TV Actor award.
34Lads lads lads lads lads
Sam Fender and his band brought their gloriously drunken antics to the Winners’ room.
35Bring Me The Horizon opened up the moshpit
Closing the show, the Sheffield metallers brought the fire (and the chaos).
36Always crowdsurf responsibly
Oiiiiii! Frontman Oli Sykes got stuck right in.