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Sir Paul McCartney was greeted with cheers and a standing ovation at the NME Premier Awards yesterday just after declaring that he would rather come to the NME Premier Awards than the Brits.

On accepting the Best Band of All Time Award for The Beatles he said: “I couldn’t make it to the Brits but this is better anyway.”

He said: “Can I thank you John, George, Ringo and thank you God.”

Sir Paul McCartney and Shaun Ryder (Godlike Genius Award) posed with their awards for NME.

The stars turned out for the event hosted by Radio 1‘s Steve Lamacq and Mary Ann Hobbs including Damon Albarn and Alex James of Blur, Shaun Ryder, Super Furry Animals, Mogwai, Michael Eavis, Norman Cook and The Flaming Lips.

Terris (pictured)- stars of one of the NME Premier Shows were awarded the Philip Hall On Award for Brightest Hope seemed surprised at their triumph.

The whole event was webcast live – a first for a major music awards ceremony – but don’t worry if you missed it because the show will be archived from tomorrow.

Skulduggery of a sort reared it’s head once in the first ever NME Premier Award decided by a down-to-the-wire internet vote – for Best Performance At The NME Premier Shows. The award was won by Ooberman although there was some evidence that there had been an organised campaign. It was noted by NME editor Steve Sutherland that the band’s website said “if you want to shove a rod up NME‘s pretentious arses then vote on their website”. Ooberman (pictured) graciously accepted the award but sadly left the rod back in the dressing room. interviewed all the winners including Paul McCartney, Alex James and Shaun Ryder – and you’ll be able to see all the interviews soon. Watch out for more news and interviews from yesterday’s event shortly.