Elbow: ‘We thought we’d never get invited to another award ceremony’

Watch band's exclusive Shockwaves NME Awards video interview

Elbow admitted that they thought they would never be invited to an award ceremony again – and even contemplated the fact that their recent album could have been their last.

Speaking after winning the Outstanding Contribution To British Music at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 last night (February 25), frontman Guy Garvey told NME.COM he was amazed by the band’s turnaround in fortunes.

“We got over the fact we wouldn’t be at awards ceremonies a long time ago, we were happily bobbling along, so it’s amazing it’s happened,” he said in an exclusive video interview. “None of us could have predicted what’s happened this year. There was a point where we thought this album could have been our last one… I’m not sure why it’s connected with so many people with the way it did, but we’re all over the moon that it did.”

Watch the full video interview now:

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For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.

Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.

There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.

Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.

The Cure will headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London on February 26, with NME.COM again bringing you full coverage.