Pale Waves have received the NME Under The Radar Award supported by HMV at the VO5 NME Awards 2018.
The trophy recognises new talent in the music world, with the Manchester band receiving the award on the back of a strong first year since releasing debut single ‘There’s A Honey’ last April.
Formed in 2014 by singer Heather Baron-Gracie and drummer Ciara Doran, the band signed to Dirty Hit in 2016. Since then, the fourpiece – completed by guitarist Hugo Silvani and bassist Charlie Wood – have become one of the most promising and acclaimed new bands in the country.
The Vaccines handed over the trophy to Pale Waves at the ceremony this evening, with the band saying during their acceptance speech:”Well, this is pretty mental. This is our first ever award that we’ve ever won. So thank you for your award. We really appreciate it.”
After accepting the award, they took to the stage to perform ‘There’s A Honey’.
Stay with us here 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 or here.
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’. Alt-J have also treated the audience to a version of their track ‘In Cold Blood’.
Earlier in the night, Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson received the NME Icon Award. Grime crew Boy Better Know are still to pick up the NME Innovation award, with more awards to be handed out before the end of the night.