VO5 NME Awards 2018: 28 of the best photos throughout NME Awards history

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.