“Thanks very much! We never get prizes for anything, so this is really amazing,” CHVRCHES’ Lauren Mayberry said on the podium after collecting the award from presenter Jehnny Beth.
She then thanked Smith for collaborating with them and added: “The world is a massive fucking fire at the moment, so it’s nice to think about tunes.”
‘How Not To Drown’ appeared on Chvrches’ 2021 album ‘Screen Violence’, which NME pronounced their “best album yet” in a four-star review. In an NME cover story last year, the band explained how the collaboration came together, with member Martin Doherty saying: “You could have offered me a collaboration with anyone living or dead – fucking Prince, fucking Beethoven – I would still choose Robert Smith.”
‘How Not To Drown’ is also nominated for Best Song In The World at the BandLab NME Awards 2022. CHVRCHES have also received nods for Best Band From The UK Supported By Pizza Express and Best Band In The World.