Boy band say they are pleased with recognition
Speaking to the Daily Record, bandmember Oritse Williams said: “I’m actually happy that we made it in. Whether it’s for a good thing or a bad thing, we’ve been recognised.”
Williams did, however, say that although he appreciated the recognition he thought his band’s stellar charity work should maybe have seen the exempt from the category.
“To be totally honest, I was disappointed that NME would even put us up for that award because we’ve brought something really significant to music,” he added – not acknowledging that the nominations were decided by NME.COM users voting online. “We also do a lot of charity work. So if NME think JLS are the worst band for all the good we’re trying to do, I’d have to question them.”
JLS aren’t the first band to speak out about a Worst Band nomination at the Awards. The Hoosiers, who ‘won’ the honour in 2008, described it as “hilarious” and said “it gave them something to talk about onstage”.
The band will find out if they ‘win’ when the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday (February 23) at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton.
See NME.COM/awards for details.