The 2016 NME Awards with Austin, Texas will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 17th. Past ceremonies have thrown up some pretty explosive moments, from hospitalised rockstars to high-profile cat fights – let’s take a dip back in time to see what kind of rock’n’roll debauchery has gone down in NME Awards past.
In 2013 legendary Smith Johnny Marr and legendary Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood teamed up for a legendary performance of ‘How Soon Is Now’. Pretty legendary, we think you'd agree.
In the same year, The Wire actor Idris Elba and Liam Gallagher made morning headlines over a clash instigated by, of all things, the former's hat. There was a role reversal (of sorts) as Elba was the one dishing out a "fuck that idiot" after Liam booted his hat across the room in retaliation for him messing up his precious barnet. Feisty.
In 2012 the notoriously humble Noel Gallagher accepted his Godlike Genius award by saying a big ‘You’re fucking welcome" to anyone who had ever been influenced by him. He also thanked anyone who had bought one of his t-shirts, because "that’s what fucking counts."
In 2011, Foo Fighters played a legendary two-hour (!) set after frontman Dave Grohl was presented with the Godlike Genius award by The Who's Roger Daltrey. Grohl then empowered every beleaguered sticksman, proclaiming "This one’s for the drummers!"
Kasabian brought a cape-clad Noel Fielding on stage in 2010 to accompany their performance of the single ‘Vlad the Impaler’. The Mighty Boosh star cavorted around the stage with an enormous bone in hand, ending up in the audience where he stole drinks and spat them out at unlucky fans.
2009 saw flame-haired songstress La Roux join Franz Ferdinand to cover 2014’s Godlike Genius winners Blondie’s ‘Call Me’. Alex Kapranos and Elly Jackson looked natural on stage together, even wearing matching eyeliner.
After winning the award for Best Dancefloor Filler for ‘Dance Wiv Me’, an excitable Dizzee Rascal leapt into the pit whilst bigging up his own Dirtee Stank label. He later said that he didn’t even realise his track was nominated, but that his stage dive was enough celebrating for him.
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon reunited at the 2009 ceremony for a touching, low-key performance of ‘This Is A Low’. The Blur two sang together with no other musicians on stage, marking the beginning of a comeback that a monstrous Glastonbury headline slot would polish off later that year.
The Killers accepted their award for Best International Band in 2009 in bizarre fashion, with a video featuring none other than legendary ear-eater Mike Tyson. The gentle giant reminded a frustrated Brandon Flowers to thank God, and praised President Bush for not letting the US down when "catching those Iraqis that bombed the building." Weird.
In 2007, indie duo Jarvis Cocker and Beth Ditto teamed up for a rockin' cover of Heaven 17’s ‘Temptation’. The former managed to avoid adding to his awards show track record, however, by failing to do anything controversial whilst on stage - a shame, really.
An increasingly inebriated Arctic Monkeys picked up three awards in 2006, proclaiming "Who else is gonna win best band?" at one point. Then-bassist Andy Nicholson also made a sly dig at the Sugababes, who had earlier covered ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ - he noted that they'd performed it in "the wrong key."
New Order accepted the Godlike Genius award in 2005 before then becoming the first recipients of the award to ever actually play live at the ceremony. Blowing the roof off with a storming rendition of ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ - followed by ‘Blue Monday’ - Hooky was on the verge of tears when thanking "those who aren’t with us anymore," which principally referred to former bandmate Ian Curtis.
When accepting Best Band award on behalf of The Libertines in 2005, Carl Barât emotionally announced that he had only come to the ceremony on the off-chance of a reunion with Pete Doherty. But it was to no avail, virtually condemning The Libertines to a messy break-up later that year that would last for five long years.
What a difference a year makes - the previous year's awards ceremony had seen Pete'n'Carl do a hilarious impression of Chas and Dave, much to the surprise of possibly everyone everywhere.
Drama ensued in 2003 when Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s drummer, Nick Jago, refused to get off stage when accepting the ‘Best Video’ award. Rumour has it that he's still up on that podium now.
Kylie Minogue, who won Best Pop Act in 2002, confessed that she had a "soft spot for The Strokes" - who that year took home Best New Act, Band of the Year and Album of the Year. Not a bad night for Julian and co., eh?
Liam Gallagher refused to come up on stage to get his Hero Of The Year award in 2001, forcing host Peter Kay to come and give his award to him. Liam didn't get away with his bashfulness, though: "My mum's looking for that coat," Kay quipped about Liam's white, fluffy number.
Paul McCartney picked up an incredibly prestigious award named Best Band Ever - surely something that can never be awarded again? - on behalf of The Beatles. He also drew a line in the sand in his acceptance speech, claiming that the gong was "better than a Brit." We're honoured, Paul.
1999 saw the introduction of a collection of long-winded and abstract categories including ‘The Pop Personality You Would Most Like To Be Marooned On A Desert Island With’ (Nicky Wire) and ‘The Pop Personality Who Would Make The Best Drugs Czar’ (Shaun Ryder, obviously). Manic Street Preachers took home four awards, and Robbie Williams' won 'Best Solo Artist'. Debauched isn't the word.
Beck won Best Solo Artist at the 1998 awards, and sent in an acceptance video of him, in a Jacuzzi, surrounded by his band, wearing horse masks. Because, why not?
The Tory MP Edwina Currie struck back at Noel Gallagher after the 1997 Awards after the latter boasted of his excessive drug consumption. Currie derided Gallagher as "incapable of uttering sensible words, even when he's sober."
Noel again - there's nary an NME Awards ceremony where he doesn't make the headlines. In 1996, he showed what Noel thought by discrediting his fellow nominees, declaring that everyone was "shit" during one of his many acceptance speeches - Oasis well and truly cleaned up at that year's Awards, pocketing five gongs.
Rock'n'roll rivalry and rockstar arrogance ruled the 1995 awards, with Liam Gallagher insulting Shed Seven and Elastica before being silenced by the Manics Street Preachers’ James Dean Bradfield - he politely told the Oasis frontman to "shut the fuck up." Charming, fellas.
The NME Awards as we know them were resurrected in 1994, re-branding themselves 'The Brats' in retaliation to the crap pop of The Brits. The wonderfully-titled 'Bastard' award was won by the-then Prime Minister, John Major.