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
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