Best New Band goes to MGMT at Shockwaves NME Awards

Brooklyn duo take one of this year's most hotly-contested categories

MGMT have won Best New Band at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).

The Brooklyn duo were presented with their prize at the O2 Brixton Academy by members of the cast of Channel 4 series ‘Skins’.

“Here’s my speech, its a gummy spider,” the band’s Andrew VanWyngarden declared as he took the stage, referencing the free sweets given out to guests, before adding: “Fuck yeah!”

The duo then swiftly headed back stage. Watch an exclusive video interview with them now:

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The full list of nominees for Best New Band supported by Bench were:


Late Of The Pier


Vampire Weekend

White Lies

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.