When the NME Awards shortlist was announced approximately a month ago, it wasn't met with much appreciation or particular good feeling, some might say deservedly so. One person posted:
"The NME seems to be stuck in 2005. Totally agree - stunning dull line up. The list of acts could have been in a 2005 line up. Have I just got older and wiser or has NME completely lost its edge? Disappointing!"
Harsh? Anyway, the awards show itself was last night, at the Brixton Academy in South London. So let's not spend any more time faffing around and find out who won what. I sincerely hope Los Campesinos! managed to win best blog. As you can guess from the headline, Muse and Kasabian both got a brace of awards. Winners as follows:
Godlike Genius: Paul Weller
Outstanding Contribution To Music: The Specials
Best British Band: Muse
Best International Band: Paramore
Best Solo Artist: Jamie T
Best New Band: Bombay Bicycle Club
Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys
Best Album: Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Best Track: The Big Pink – 'Dominos'
Best Video: Biffy Clyro – 'The Captain'
Best Live Event: Blur at Hyde Park
Best Festival: Glastonbury
Best Dancefloor Filler: La Roux – 'In For The Kill' (Skream Remix)
Good track, shame he wasn't even invited.
[Some stuff about TV, films and DVDs which we edited out on grounds of interest]
Giving It Back Fan Award: Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt. N.B: Unbelievably, Vampire Weekend were nominated for this award for giving away 'Horchata' from Contra. Never let it be said that musicians are all take take take.
Hero Of The Year: Rage Against The Machine
Villain Of The Year: Kanye West
Best Dressed Winner: Lady Gaga
Worst Dressed: Lady Gaga
Worst Album: The Jonas Brothers – Lines Vines Trying Times
Worst Band: JLS (surely some mistake?)EDIT: It was a mistake, the worst band were in fact the Jonas Brothers, taking their total to two.
[Some stuff about hottest man and woman which we excluded for interest reasons]
Best Website: Muse.mu
Best Album Artwork: Kasabian – West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Best Band Blog: Radiohead for Dead Air Space
So those were the winners. Interested in seeing photos from the event? You can. Go here and have a quick browse at who turned up and who didn't. Anyone want to put a fiver on what year Kasabian win the 'Special Contribution To Music' award? I'm going out on a whim and say 2015.