The animated popsters waste thousands on an acceptance speech for an award they don't even win...
DAMON ALBARN’S GORILLAZ blew £20,000 on the recent
MTV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS – because they’d mistakenly been told
they would win, NME can reveal.
singer, his Gorillaz
co-creator Jamie Hewlett and producer Dan The
Automator attended the MTV Music Video Awards in
New York on September 6 where the animated
video for hit single ‘Clint Eastwood’ was up for three
VMAs and was favourite for the MTV2 award voted
for by viewers.
Damon and Gorillaz
were so confident they splashed out £20,000 on an animated acceptance
speech. It featured the characters in the band and was to be screened when they
were announced as winners.
On the night, though, Gorillaz
won nothing and Albarn and Hewlett were left fuming.
Mudvayne instead won the MTV2 award for their
Ironically, when Gorillaz
refused their nomination for the Mercury Music Prize, they
missed out on a potential £20,000 in prize money – which could have wiped
out the expense of the MTV night.
For the full story, see
this week’s NME, issue 22 September, in shops
now across the UK.