For those of you not following the grand ceremony on TV, here’s a round-up of all the winners from last night’s NME Awards Show.
Arctic Monkeys won biggest, hauling in three awards for best British band, best video and best track, while beans on toast auteur Kate Nash took home the coveted prize for best solo artist.
Myths of the Near Future followed up its good work at the Mercury Prize by bringing home ‘best album’ for Klaxons while Pete Doherty was honoured with the award for ‘hero of the year’.
The unfortunates? The Hoosiers, Britney Spears and George W Bush for worst band, worst album and villain of the year respectively; the latter, we’re sure, taking on board the NME readers’ scorn and determining to buck up his ideas in the future.
Obviously this is a bit like shooting blind, unlucky fish in a barrel, but just a few quick grievances – the first regarding Arctic Monkeys ‘best video’ award. No gripes here, a fine band with a video directed by Roman Coppola (click). But the accompanying NME news story suggests the award was given to a video that “features a gangland war between criminals and clowns in full costume, along with childhood snaps of the band themselves.” That’ll be the more spectacular video for ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ then, yeah?
Other concerns of DrownedinSound’s come with The Wombats’ win (we’ve obviously be filling the wrong dancefloors), and the categories of best venue and the John Peel award for musical innovation, both of which have taken significant steps up this year – Wembley Stadum dislodging Brixton Academy from its title of the former while Radiohead deservedly joining the ranks of pioneering acts The Others and Enter Shikari.
NME Awards 2008
British Band: Arctic Monkeys
International Band: The Killers
New Band: The Enemy
Live Band: Muse
Solo Artist: Kate Nash
Philip Hall Radar Award (new act): Glasvegas
Worst Band: The Hoosiers
John Peel Award For Musical Innovation: Radiohead
Album: Myths Of the Near Future - Klaxons
Track: ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ - Arctic Monkeys
Video: ‘Teddy Picker’ - Arctic Monkeys
Best Dancefloor Filler: ‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ - The Wombats
Best Album Artwork: The Good, The Bad & The Queen – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Worst Album: Blackout - Britney Spears
Hero Of The Year: Pete Doherty
Best Dressed: Noel Fielding
Worst Dressed: Amy Winehouse
Villain Of The Year: George W Bush
Sexiest Man: Noel Fielding
Sexiest Woman: Kylie Minogue
Venue: Wembley Stadium
Live Event: Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festival
Band Blog: Radiohead
Music Blog: The Modern Age
Radio Show: Zane Lowe (Radio 1)
Best Music DVD: ‘Unplugged In New York’ - Nirvana
Best TV Show: The Mighty Boosh
Best Film: Control
Godlike Genius: Manic Street Preachers
Us? Yeah, we're just bitter we didn't get nominated again this year.
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