All of Oasis were present, and heckled throughout the ceremony, taking a particularly snide swipe at Robbie Williams.
When the band took the stage to accept their gong for Best Live Act, Liam Gallagher said: “This one’s for Robbie as well, who stands for the letter ‘Q‘,” while Noel took the opportunity to bite back at Sun newspaper columnist Dominic Mohan saying: “If anybody can tell me why Dominic Mohan is on a panel judging anything, then tell me.”
He later made a point of clapping loudly and ironically long after the audience had stopped, and jeering throughout when Robbie and his songwriting partner Guy Chambers stepped up to receive their joint award for Classic Songwriter, presented by David Arnold. Chambers commented: “I want to thank Robbie for being the best writing partner that anyone could hope to work with.” Robbie himself, looking extremely pissed off, commented: “I’m just going to keep my gob shut.” He was ushered out of the Awards Ceremony immediately afterwards, surrounded by bodyguards who brushed off any attempts to speak to him.
The Oasis camp also seized the opportunity to have a go at Blur‘s Alex James, who presented the Inspiration Award to Joe Strummer, shouting “fatboy” when he appeared on stage. Noel also persistently shouted “Oasis” when the Best Act In The World category – won by Travis – was announced. Kylie Minogue, who presented the award, also came in for heckling, with Keith Allen shouting “show us your tits”.
Coldplay frontman Chris Martin made fun of the Robbie and Liam spat, parodying their “Hundred grand of your money, hundred grand of my money, outside…” feud at The Brit Awards, joking: “Badly Drawn Boy – 20 quid of your money, 20 quid of our money, outside!” when the band were presented with their Best Album gong for ‘Parachutes’.
For his part, Damon Gough gave his usual extended monologue as he accepted the Best New Act award, having marched to the stage with both arms held aloft. He commented: “This is all getting a bit embarrassing. But I’d rather have been nominated for the Best Live Act In The World Today… because I think I am.”
Travis frontman Fran Healy, who was joined by Andy Dunlop, Neil Primrose and Dougie Payne to pick up the Best Act In The World accolade, quipped: “It’s like getting voted the best shagger in the world of the year!” Dougie replied: “Well that’s just not true! It’s preposterous!” He added: “It’s like getting a big pair of shoes to grow into. Thanks to Oasis, who were best support of the year.”
The winners are:
Best Single – David Gray ‘Babylon’ (presented by Finley Quaye)
Best Live Act – Oasis (presented by Peter Hook and Gillian Gilbert of New Order)
Best Video – Kelis ‘Caught Out There’ (presented by Roni Size)
Best New Act – Badly Drawn Boy (presented by Tim Booth)
Classic Songwriter Award – Robbie Williams and Guy Chambers (presented by David Arnold)
Best Producer – Artful Dodger for ‘Re-Rewind’ (presented by Richard Blackwood)
Best Album – Coldplay ‘Parachutes’ (presented by Chris Bart Williams)
Best Act In The World Today – Travis (presented by Kylie Minogue)
Merit Award – The Specials, accepted by Jerry Dammers (presented by Cerys Matthews)
Inspiration Award – Joe Strummer (presented by Alex James)