A ton of free booze means a ton of amazing pictures
Awards night put their participants through a lot of emotions, as these pics from throughout NME Awards history show. There’s the hope, and the camaraderie. The affection for your fellow nominees, and the inevitable jealousy when they triumph over you. The trying to play it cool on the red carpet, the knocking back as much free booze as you can, and everything else in between. Feel it all in the best photos – be they iconic or just hilarious – we could find in the archives below.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
A standing ovation for Noel, one year after he was crowned Godlike Genius.
Macca's an old hand at this awards thing, as you can see from his expert "What, me?!" face.
The annual NME Awards is always a very classy and civili... Oh.
Yeah, sorry about that. It's actually fucking chaos.
Here's Dave Grohl rocking out to a sea of fans and peers. And if you look just behind him, to the left, there's Jarvis Cocker - the only person not on their feet. Talk about hard to please.
Looking forward to more iconic facial expressions when Liam picks up his Godlike Genius award this year.
No idea what ex-Arctic Monkeys bassist Andy Nicholson just said, but Peaches Geldof looks horrified.
Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding showed the indie world she could party just as hard as them in 2007.
Stone Roses' Mani and Happy Mondays leader Shaun Ryder = a match made in heaven.
We'd wager Muse had a good night in 2008 judging by the varying directions Matt Bellamy's eyes are going in.
We found that civilised corner of the NME Awards at last - Helders tucking into a toffee apple. Good lad.
And the award for Best Side Eye goes to...
Humble Macca part two. Here is praying to the awards gods for another middle finger trophy to add to the collection.
Who told the Polyphonic Spree the dress codes was "like Willy Wonka"?
The Sex Pistols and PiL legend acting out his favourite Cribs song in a game of very indie charades.
Way before he was half of the most famous couple on the planet, Ye popped down to the NME Awards looking cool as fuck.
When you have to pick up your Godlike Genius award, but also stock up on cut-price CDs, DVDs and games.
Nora Foster, wife of John Lydon - clearly not a fan of some of her fellow guests.
Yannis demonstrates what most people look like by kicking out time every year...
Tyra who? Serge made his claim for smize champion of the world in 2015.
The awards gets so wild, even animals turn up.
Just a couple of legends having a laugh on stage before Foo Fighters played for two hours.
One member of Franz was far more excited to get a nice shiny trophy than his bandmates.
White fur trimmed coat. Sunglasses indoors, at night. Award aloft for all to see. Totally 100 percent iconic.
Bastille Dan does not look impressed with Matty's attempts to steal his limelight.
By far one of the prettiest Godlike Genius sets in recent years was Coldplay's.
Always nice to help a younger musician out, even if it is just by giving them a light.
Proof, if you needed it, that The Cribs guitarist really did chuck himself on a glass-covered table back in 2006.