Ah, 2008 – it only seems like yesterday, in some ways. But much time has passed – a whole decade! – and things have changed a lot since those heady days. Bands have come and gone, had career bests and confusing lows, gotten even bigger, or moved into another artistic field altogether. Join us as we look back on the winners from the NME Awards 2008.
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1Manic Street Preachers
What they won: Godlike Genius
Where are they now?: Still Godlike, and still going – the trio will release a new album ‘Resistance Is Futile’ later this year.
What they won: Best British Band, Best Track for ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’, Best Video for ‘Teddy Picker’
Where are they now?: Reportedly working on their sixth album between living it up in LA and basking in the comfort of being one of the biggest bands in the world. Come back, boys!
What they won: Best International Band
Where are they now?: As if you need to ask. Last year’s ‘Wonderful Wonderful’ was a triumph, and they’re currently on a victory lap/world tour to celebrate it.
What they won: Best Solo Artist
Where are they now?: Still making music, but also popping up as an actor here and there, most notably in GLOW – Netflix’s 2017 series about a women’s wrestling organisation in LA.
What they won: Best Live Band
Where are they now?: The Devon three-piece are even bigger than they were in 2008 – a regular headline fixture at festivals across the world.
What they won: Best New Band
Where are they now?: The Coventry band called it a day in 2016 after releasing four albums.
What they won: Best Album for ‘Myths Of The Near Future’
Where are they now?: Also gone – the new rave heroes split in 2015. James Righton now makes music as Shock Machine, while Jamie Reynolds joined supergroup Youth Of The Apocalypse last year.
What they won: Best Dancefloor Filler for ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’
Where are they now?: Many of their peers may have fallen by the wayside in the last decade, but not The Wombats. They’re about to release their fourth album, ‘Beautiful People Will Ruin Your Life’.
What they won: Best Music DVD for MTV Unplugged In New York
Where are they now?: Well… still split up, what with the Kurt Cobain being dead thing. But Dave Grohl is still bossing it with Foo Fighters, while Krist Noveselic has become more involved in politics in recent years.
10The Mighty Boosh
What they won: Best TV Show
Where are they now?: The Mighty Boosh stopped airing in 2013. Now, Noel Fielding is on Channel 4’s Great British Bake Off, while his comedic sparring partner Julian Barratt wrote and starred in 2017’s Mindhorn.
11Reading & Leeds Festival
What they won: Best Live Event
Where are they now?: It’s changed a little over the past 10 years, but is still a rite of passage for teenagers all over the UK.
What they won: Best Radio Show
Where are they now?: Still as enthusiastic as ever, but spreading his excitement from LA on Apple’s Beats 1.
What they won: Worst Album for ‘Blackout’
Where are they now?: She’s just wrapped up a Las Vegas residency, and is preparing to take the show on the road around the world.
What they won: Worst Band
Where are they now?: You might think they split a long time ago, but apparently they’re still slogging away, although the band now only consists of founding members Irwin Sparkes and Alan Sharland.
What they won: Hero Of The Year
Where are they now?: Back in the arms of his Libertines bandmates, and opening a hotel/recording studio with them in Margate soon.
16George W. Bush
What they won: Villain Of The Year
Where are they now?: The USA’s last Republican President before Trump is looking better and better by the day. He’s kept a fairly low profile since leaving office.
What they won: Best Website
Where are they now?: Constantly beleaguered by fake news, and trying to keep up with other social media platforms.
What they won: John Peel Award For Musical Innovation
Where are they now?: Last year they celebrated the 20th anniversary of ‘OK Computer’ and two years ago they released their ninth album, ‘A Moon Shaped Pool’.
What they won: Philip Hall Radar Award
Where are they now?: Much like The Hoosiers, you might think this Glaswegian bunch had gone their separate ways too. But according to the internet, they’re still together – although they haven’t released a record since ‘Later… When The TV Turns To Static’ in 2013.
20Mat Horne and James Corden
Hosts of the 2018 ceremony
Where are they now?: The once-omnipresent comedy duo have had very differing paths since 2008. James Corden is now a popular late night host in the US, hosting the Grammys for a second year in a row, and in all of the movies. Mat Horne, meanwhile, has had some steady TV work in the UK, but is still best known for being in Gavin & Stacey.