"I don't win many awards, so I'm really touched"
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 took place last night (February 14) at O2 Academy Brixton in London. See the full winners list here.
Up against some of world politics’ most hated figures, and former MailOnline columnist Katie Hopkins, the TV presenter was voted worthier of the prize than Donald Trump, Kim Jong-Un, Theresa May and Jeremy Hunt.
“I’ve just been told the fantastic news that I’ve been voted Villain of the Year by NME magazine and its readership,” Morgan said in a recorded message that aired on Good Morning Britain.
“Apparently, I beat Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un, Jeremy Hunt, and somebody called Katie Hopkins – whoever that is. It’s obviously deeply flattering. I’m humbled. I don’t win many awards, so I’m really touched.”
“Thank you, NME. I didn’t get the actual award [trophy] because I’m here in Hollywood, not a place most of you or your readers will ever get to,” he continued.
“Thanks again and to all Good Morning Britain viewers, don’t be put off by this. You know the real me. You know that underneath this villainous exterior lies a little pussycat. A heart of gold.”
When the shortlist for the awards was announced last month, Morgan reacted to his nomination by writing on the MailOnline website: “The scruffy, malodorous ‘Zeppelin rock, man!’ reptiles who work for and read NME are the kind of people I’d travel continents to avoid, so this is perfect validation of our mutual allergy to each other.”
See NME.com for the latest news, interviews and more from the VO5 NME Awards 2018.