There's also a special award for The Charlatans...

Legendary NME writer NICK KENT


photographer PENNIE SMITH are the joint winners of this

year’s ‘GODLIKE GENIUS’ award at the NME CARLING


Kent, who became legendary in the late 70s

for his

coverage of punk for the NME, famously peaked with him

being assaulted by Sex Pistol

Sid Vicious with a chain, becomes the first journalist to

win the award, which recognises a major influence on music. His writing on

seminal artists such as David

Bowie, Iggy Pop and Lou Reed

have become benchmarks in music journalism.

Pennie Smith is

one of the best rock photographers of all

time, and her work is recognised across the globe. Her most famous picture

was taken of The

Clash, and features on the cover of their classic1979

‘London Calling’ album.

Other awards presented include the

‘Phillip Hall On

Award’, which recognises the most promising new band of the year.

This year it has been given to NME Carling Tour group The Coral.

A final NME Carling Award, ‘Outstanding

Contribution To NME’ has been presented to The

Charlatans by NME editor Ben

Knowles. The award is the second for the group today, who have

already picked up recognition for ‘Best Radio One Evening