After Bowie at Brits, Belle & Sebastian say ‘England, stay with us’ at NME Awards – watch

Scottish band make light-hearted comment on collecting Award For Innovation

Belle & Sebastian echoes David Bowie’s acceptance speech at last week’s Brit Awards while collecting their Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award at last night’s NME Awards 2014 With Austin, Texas.

Collecting Best Male Solo at the Brits, Bowie communicated via in a statement delivered by model Kate Moss. He signed off with a comment about the issue of Scottish independence, saying, “Thank you very much – and Scotland, stay with us.”

In a knowing reference to Bowie’s speech, Belle & Sebastian guitarist Stevie Jackson joked: “England stay with us – at least just for a night. And if we do leave you, I hope we’ll always be friends.”

Frontman Stuart Murdoch later urged Scots: “Get into the argument. Vote with your heart and not your wallet,” reports Daily Record.

Arctic Monkeys dominated the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas picking up five awards including Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album for ‘AM’.

Other big winners at the ceremony, which took place at the O2 Academy Brixton in London included Paul McCartney, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen and Haim. Performances came from The Horrors and Drenge plus Metronomy, who opened the show by performing ‘Love Letters’, from their forthcoming new album of the same name, with MKS. Belle & Sebastian played ‘I Want The World To Stop’ and ‘The Boy With The Arab Strap’.

NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas in Pictures