The Horrors‘ frontman was presenting the award with Kimberly Stewart, when he took a shot at the Coventry trio.
“You’ve got to hand it to these boys,” Rotter told the audience. “They’re hungry, young and they’ve defied natural selection.”
As The Enemy made their way to the stage, Rotter grabbed their singer Tom Clarke, ruffled his hair and declared: “Look at the little tyke!”
Though not impressed onstage, Clarke later told NME.COM he thought it was a “fair crack”, though, in return for the “tyke” reference, he suggested The Horrors man was a “lamppost”.
For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.
That’s just the beginning – the ceremony is being broadcast on E4 at 11pm (GMT) tonight (February 28), with highlights following tomorrow (29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm.
Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.