Crowned as the number one record of the 2010s, NME described the Sheffield indie legends’ fifth album from 2013 as “the soundtrack for countless nights out, hook-ups and comedowns in every town and city of this country”.
“It all started with those drums. We don’t just mean the languid stomp of opener ‘Do I Wanna Know?’ or the showy solo at the start of ‘R U Mine?’. No – we mean the way that as soon as you heard ‘AM’ erupt out of your speakers for the first time it was clear that from now on the Arctic Monkeys were moving to a different beat.”
‘AM’ catapulted Arctic Monkeys into headlining prospects at virtually every festival in the planet. It went to Number One in the UK and 10 other countries, charted in the Top 10 in 15 more (including the US), and has sold almost three million copies worldwide.
Returning to the O2 Academy Brixton and hosted by Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga, the NME Awards celebrates the best of the last 12 months in music. The likes of The Cure, Foals, Robyn, Taylor Swift and Courtney Love were in attendance and honoured on the night. See the full list of winners here.
Head to NME.com/awards for all the news and reaction from the big event.