Florence And The Machine: ‘I’ve wanted to win an NME Award for so long’ – video

Singer says she's 'really happy' after taking home two gongs

Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch has said she had “wanted to win an NME Award for so long” before taking home two gongs last night (February 29).

The singer took home the prizes for Best Solo Artist and Best Track for her single ‘Shake It Out’ at the ceremony at London’s O2 Brixton Academy, fending off competition from Adele, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds and Laura Marling in the first category and Arctic Monkeys, Hurts and Lana Del Rey in the latter.

Speaking to NME in an interview you can watch by clicking at the top of the page, Welch said of her double victory:

It’s amazing. I’ve wanted to win an NME Award for so long. To win two… I’m really happy.

Welch, who teamed up with The Horrors to perform a version of their track ‘Still Life’ at the ceremony, also explained why she was so pleased to have won an award for ‘Shake It Out’. “That track is really special to me,” she said. “It was a real catharsis to sing it. Every time I sing it I feel like I’m resolving something in my head, but then I just go back to being myself and everything’s weird again.”

To watch the 2012 NME Awards in full, tune in to Channel 4 on Saturday night (March 3) at 11.55pm (GMT). Half an hour of highlights will be shown on T4 at 9.25am (GMT) the same day.

To read all about the awards and all the shenanigans from the night, pick up next week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands next Wednesday (March 7) or available digitally.

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