VO5 NME Awards 2018: Where are the winners from 2008 now?

It's been a mixed bag of fortunes for the victorious ten years ago

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

Manic Street Preachers
(UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) xxx arrives at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 at IndigO2 on February 28, 2008 in London, England. Getty Images
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.

2Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys
LONDON - FEBRUARY 28: Alex Turner and his band Artic Monkeys arrives at the Shockwaves NME Awards Arrivals 2008 at the Indigo O2, on February 28, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images) Getty Images
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!

3The Killers

The Killers
LAS VEGAS - OCTOBER 11: The Killers perform at The Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's 13th Annual Grand Slam at WYNN Las Vegas on October 11, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Denise Truscello/WireImage) WireImage
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.

4Kate Nash

Kate Nash
LONDON - FEBRUARY 28: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Kate Nash arrives at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008, at the 02 Arena on February 28, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images) Getty Images
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.

5Muse

Muse
(EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) XXX poses in the awards room with XXX during the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008, at the 02 Arena on February 28, 2008 in London, England. Getty Images
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.

6The Enemy

2008 winners
The Enemy at the NME Awards 2008 Getty Images
What they won: Best New Band
Where are they now?: The Coventry band called it a day in 2016 after releasing four albums.

7Klaxons

Klaxons
Shockwaves Nme Awards 2008, Indigo2, London, Britain - 28 Feb 2008, The Klaxons (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images) Getty Images
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.

8The Wombats

The Wombats
Shockwaves Nme Awards 2008, Indigo2, London, Britain - 28 Feb 2008, The Wombats - Tord Overland-Kudsen, Matthew Murphy And Dan Haggis (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images) Getty Images
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'.

9Nirvana

Nirvana
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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

The Mighty Boosh
(EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) XXX poses in the awards room with XXX during the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008, at the 02 Arena on February 28, 2008 in London, England. Getty Images
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

Reading & Leeds
<> on August 24, 2008 in Reading, England Getty Images
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.

12Zane Lowe

Zane Lowe
LONDON - FEBRUARY 28: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT. WINNERS EMBARGOED FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION IN ANY FORM UNTIL 21.00H GMT FEBRUARY 28, 2008) DJ Zane Lowe poses in the awards room with the award for Best Radio Show for his show on Radio One at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 at IndigO2 on February 28, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) Getty Images
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.

13Britney Spears

Britney Spears
US singer Britney Spears performs on stage before being awarded with a Bambi category pop international during the 60th edition of the Bambi media prize awards ceremony on November 27, 2008 in Offenburg, western Germany. The awards ceremony takes place every year under the patronage of German publisher Hubert Burda and awards nominees in the sectors of communication, entertainment and show business as well as economy, politics and sports. AFP PHOTO DDP/ TORSTEN SILZ GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read TORSTEN SILZ/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
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.

14The Hoosiers

The Hoosiers
LONDON - FEBRUARY 20: Martin Skarendahl, Irwin Sparkes and Alfonso Sharlando of The Hoosiers attend the Brit Awards held at Earls Court on February 20, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Fred Duval/FilmMagic) *** Local Caption *** FilmMagic
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.

15Pete Doherty

Pete Doherty
Pete Doherty of the Babyshambles smokes on stage during the Hultsfred festival in Sweden on June 12, 2008. The 3-day long music festival attracts around 25,000 people every year. AFP PHOTO/JESSICA GOW/SCANPIX/SWEDEN OUT (Photo credit should read JESSICA GOW/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
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

George W Bush
US President George W. Bush addresses military personnel and coalition forces at US Camp Arifjan, 60 kms (35 miles) south of Kuwait City, 12 January 2008. Bush met with his top political and military commanders in Iraq at the US military base in Kuwait today, a day after conceding that US troops could stay in Iraq for a decade. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) AFP/Getty Images
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.

17Facebook

Facebook
Facebook AFP/Getty Images
What they won: Best Website
Where are they now?: Constantly beleaguered by fake news, and trying to keep up with other social media platforms.

18Radiohead

Radiohead
of Radiohead performs onstage during the 2008 Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival held at Golden Gate Park on August 22, 2008 in San Francisco, California. FilmMagic
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'.

19Glasvegas

Glasvegas
(UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT. WINNERS EMBARGOED FOR BROADCAST OR PUBLICATION IN ANY FORM UNTIL 21.00H GMT FEBRUARY 28, 2008) xxx poses in the awards room at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008 at IndigO2 on February 28, 2008 in London, England. Getty Images
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

Mat Horne James Corden
Shockwaves Nme Awards 2008, Indigo2, London, Britain - 28 Feb 2008, James Corden And Mathew Horne (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images) Getty Images
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.
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