Collecting the award from The Horrors’ Faris Badwan, singer Matt Bellamy said: “This award should go to Brian Johnson, the best rock singer of all time.”
Drummer Dom Howard used the occasion to reveal his love of Stormzy, Skepta, Haim and Charli XCX.
“Best festival headliner, that’s cool!”, he said.
“But I’d like to see Skepta, Stormzy, Haim and Charli XCX headlining in the future”.
The trio topped the bill at Reading & Leeds Festivals 2017, as well as a host of other events in the US and beyond – including Las Vegas’ Life Is Beautiful, and Chicago’s Lollapalooza. Each of their sets featured new takes on their classic songs, with extended intros, new solos and rock references intertwined with their own riffs.
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos, and gossip from the ceremony, which will see Liam Gallagher receive the Godlike Genius award. He will also close the ceremony with a live performance. You can catch all the action on the Facebook Live stream on NME’s official Facebook page.
Going into tonight’s ceremony, Lorde and Charli XCX led the pack with four nominations each. They were closely followed by Dua Lipa and Kasabian, who both scored three nods apiece.
Stefflon Don and Skepta opened the ceremony tonight (February 14) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a performance of their collaboration, ‘Ding-a-Ling’.
In addition to Liam Gallagher and the grime pair, Pale Waves, and Alt-J will also perform. Shirley Manson is set to collect the Icon award, while grime crew Boy Better Know will pick up the Innovation award.