Arctic Monkeys Dominate Britain’s NME Awards

Arctic Monkeys

Just a week after winning big at the BRITs, the Arctic Monkeys have cleaned up at the NME Awards with five trophies.

The Sheffield rock group took out some of the big prizes on Wednesday night, including best British band and album for their chart-topping “AM”.  They’d led all artists with eight NME nominations. 

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner also won for ”hero of the year,” beating out an impressive list of candidates that included BRITs-winner David Bowie, late Velvet Underground great Lou Reed and Russian protest outfit Pussy Riot.

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"As the sun sets on awards season for another year there's just the big two left. I'm talking about the Oscars and the NME Awards. That said I'd like to thank The Academy," Turner said from the podium, according to the NME. He also made light of his column-inch-grabbing BRIT Awards speech, noting: "I used all my best shit last week." 

Blondie picked up the top honor -- the NME’s "Godlike Genius" award. Debbie Harry’s new wave outfit were on hand at south London’s Brixton Academy to play a greatest hits set which included “Heart of Glass,” “Rapture” and “Atomic”.

Also on the night, Lily Allen won for best solo artist, while Paul McCartney continued his stay in the spotlight by picking up the songwriter award.

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Veteran Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian won the outstanding contribution to music award, sister-act Haim took out best international band, and Blur frontman Damon Albarn received the innovation honor.

Not all the NME Awards categories are considered “wins”. One Direction’s Harry Styles was named “villain of the year” for the second successive year, and The 1975 was named worst band. 

The annual awards are voted on by readers of the weekly NME music title. 

NME Awards 2014 winners in full:

Godlike Genius
Blondie

Songwriters' Songwriter
Paul McCartney

Award For Innovation
Damon Albarn

Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music Award
Belle & Sebastian

Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys

Best International Band
Haim

Best Solo Artist
Lily Allen

Best New Band 
Drenge

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys

Best Album
Arctic Monkeys, "AM"

Best Track
Disclosure, 'White Noise'

Best Music Video 
Eagulls, "Nerve Endings"

Best Festival 
Glastonbury

Best TV Show
Breaking Bad

Best Music Film
Made Of Stone

Philip Hall Radar Award
Fat White Family

Best Reissue
The Clash, "Sound System"

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
Alana Haim, Haim

Best Book
Morrissey, "Autobiography"

Best Small Festival
Swn

 

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