Noel Gallagher plays Oasis-packed set as he closes NME Awards 2012

Kasabian, Pulp, Vaccines and Florence And The Machine also performed at the ceremony

Noel Gallagher played a seven-song set at tonight’s (February 29) NME Awards ceremony as he celebrated being crowned Godlike Genius.

Gallagher, who earlier had picked up the award, kicked off his set with the classic Oasis B-Side ‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’ before launching into his solo single ‘Everybody’s On The Run’.

The guitarist then played solo cuts ‘Dream On’, ‘If I Had A Gun’ and his recent hit ‘AKA…What A Life!’. He then closed his set with an Oasis double header of ‘Half The World Away’ and ‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’.


Noel Gallagher played:

‘(It’s Good) To Be Free’
‘Everybody’s On The Run’
‘Dream On’
‘If I Had A Gun’
‘AKA…What A Life!’
‘Half The World Away’
‘Don’t Look Back In Anger’

Earlier in the evening, Kasabian kicked off the ceremony with a double header of ‘Switchblade Smiles’ and ‘Days Are Forgotten’.

Florence And The Machine then took to the stage to perform a stripped down of their hit ‘Shake It Out’, with their singer Florence Welch returning to the stage a few minutes later to perform alongside future touring partners The Horrors on their 2011 single ‘Still Life’.

A returning Pulp then wowed the crowd with a performance of their classic tracks ‘Babies’ and ‘Mis-Shapes’. The band, who were honoured with the Teenage Cancer Trust Oustanding Contribution To Music award, dedicated the set to all those who saw them last summer on their reunion tour.

The Vaccines, who had claimed the prize for Best New Band, then blasted through their live favourites ‘If You Wanna’ and ‘Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)’. The Maccabees preceded Noel Gallagher’s appearance with a rendition of their recent single ‘Pelican’.


To watch the 2012 NME Awards in full, tune in to Channel 4 on Saturday night (March 3) at 11.55pm (GMT). Half an hour of highlights will be shown on T4 at 9.25am (GMT) the same day.

To read all about the awards and all the shenanigans from the night, pick up next week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands next Wednesday (March 7) or available digitally.

NME Awards – as it happened

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The winners of the 2012 NME Awards are as follows:

Best British Band (supported by Sonos)

Winner: Kasabian

Bombay Bicycle Club
The Horrors
Arctic Monkeys

Best International Band (supported by T4)

Winner: Foo Fighters

Arcade Fire
Odd Future
The Strokes

Best Solo Artist (supported by Rekorderlig)

Winner: Florence + The Machine

Frank Turner
Laura Marling
Miles Kane
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)

Winner: The Vaccines

Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Wu Lyf

Best Live Band (supported by Carling)

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Two Door Cinema Club

Best Album (supported by HMV)

Winner: The Horrors – ‘Skying’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’
PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’
The Vaccines – ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’

Best Track (supported by Fender)

Winner: Florence + The Machine – ‘Shake It Out’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘Shuffle’
Hurts – ‘Sunday’
Lana Del Rey – ‘Video Games’

Dancefloor Anthem (supported by NME Radio)

Winner: Katy B – ‘Broken Record’

Azealia Banks – ‘212’
Foster The People – ‘Pumped Up Kicks’
Justice – ‘Civilization’
Metronomy – ‘The Bay’

Best Video (supported by

Winner: Hurts – ‘Sunday’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’
Beyonce – ‘Countdown’
Lana Del Rey – ‘Video Games’
Tyler, The Creator – ‘Yonkers’

Best TV Show

Winner: ‘Fresh Meat’

‘Dr Who’
‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’
‘This Is England ’88’
(Last year’s winner: Skins)

Best Festival

Winner: Glastonbury

Reading & Leeds
T In The Park
V Festival

Best Film

Winner: ‘Submarine’

‘Black Swan’
‘Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2’
‘The Inbetweeners Movie’

Best Music Film

Winner: ‘Back And Forth’ – Foo Fighters

‘Living In The Material World’ – George Harrison
‘Talihina Sky’ – Kings Of Leon
‘There Are No Innocent Bystanders’ – The Libertines
‘Upside Down – The Creation Records Story’

Greatest Music Moment Of The Year

Winner: The Stone Roses reunite

Brian May joins My Chemical Romance onstage at Reading Festival
Kasabian see in 2012 with their epic London O2 Arena show
Noel Gallagher launches his solo career with press conference
Pulp steal the show at Glastonbury with secret set

Best Reissue

Winner: The Smiths – ‘Complete Reissues’

Manic Street Preachers – ‘National Treasures’
Nirvana – ‘Nevermind’
Primal Scream – ‘Screamadelica’
The Rolling Stones – ‘Some Girls’

Best Book

Winner: Noel Fielding – ‘The Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton’

Jared Leto – ‘Notes From The Outernet’
Jarvis Cocker – ‘Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics’
Malcolm X – ‘A Life Of Reinvention’
Shaun Ryder – ‘Twisting My Melon’

Hero Of The Year

Winner: Matt Bellamy

Alex Turner
Dave Grohl
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Villain Of The Year

Winner: Justin Bieber

David Cameron
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Nick Clegg

Worst Album

Winner: Justin Bieber – ‘Under The Mistletoe’

Coldplay – ‘Mylo Xyloto’
Lady Gaga – ‘Born This Way’
One Direction – ‘Up All Night’
Viva Brother – ‘Famous First Words’

Worst Band

Winner: One Direction

Beady Eye
Viva Brother

Best Album Artwork

Winner: Friendly Fires – ‘Pala’

Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’
Bombay Bicycle Club – ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’
Bjork – ‘Biophilia’
Jay-Z and Kanye West – ‘Watch The Throne’

Best Band Blog Or Twitter

Winner: @LadyGaga


Best Small Festival

Winner: RockNess

Field Day
Hop Farm
Kendal Calling

Most Dedicated Fans

Winner: Muse

30 Seconds To Mars
Arctic Monkeys
My Chemical Romance

Hottest Male

Winner: Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars

Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides
Dominic Howard, Muse
Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
Matt Bellamy, Muse

Hottest Female

Winner: Hayley Williams, Paramore

Amy Lee, Evanescence
Florence Welch, Florence + The Machine
Katy Perry
Marina Diamandis, Marina And The Diamonds


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