As they accepted the award, BBK’s Jammer said: “You know what, what i;m saying is this took a long time but sometimes you think time is never gonna be the time. It’s about time.
“We wanna dedicate this award to JME, because without JME we wouldn’t be here.”
The grime collective and label were announced as the winners of the special prize ahead of tonight’s ceremony. At the time of the announcement, NME Editor-in-chief Mike Williams described the group as having been “influential in shaping the UK grime scene over the past decade.”
BBK was formed by brothers Skepta and JME in 2005, who have both helped the label and grime itself reach a wider audience, particularly in later years. The collective is now comprised of ten members: Skepta and JME, the “godfather of grime” Wiley, grime superfan Drake, Jammer, Shorty, Frisco, Solo 45, Preditah, and DJ Maximum.
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos, and gossip from the ceremony, which will see Liam Gallagher receive the Godlike Genius award. He will also close the ceremony with a live performance. You can catch all the action on the Facebook Live stream on NME’s official Facebook page.
Going into tonight’s ceremony, Lorde and Charli XCX led the pack with four nominations each. They were closely followed by Dua Lipa and Kasabian, who both scored three nods apiece.
Stefflon Don and Skepta opened the ceremony tonight (February 14) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a performance of their collaboration, ‘Ding-a-Ling’. Alt-J have also treated the audience to a version of their track ‘In Cold Blood’, and Pale Waves aired their debut single ‘There’s A Honey’ after collecting the NME Under The Radar Award supported by HMV.
Earlier in the night, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson received the NME Icon Award, while there are still a few more awards to be handed out before the end of the night.