Robbie Williams and members of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne's family each won three trophies at the 2003 NME Carling Awards today (Feb. 13) in London. The MTV reality show "The Osbournes" took the b
Robbie Williams and members of heavy metal icon Ozzy Osbourne's family each won three trophies at the 2003 NME Carling Awards today (Feb. 13) in London. The MTV reality show "The Osbournes" took the best TV show honor, while the family patriarch was named hero of the year. Teenage son Jack earned the worst haircut award at the ceremony (previously known as the Brat Awards).
Unfortunately for Williams, he took a trio of the show's negative honors, including villain of the year. His EMI set "Escapology" was named worst album, while his song "Feel" was named worst single.
Budding pop star Kelly Osbourne did not make a planned performance at the event due to concerns over terrorism. Osbourne "decided to withdraw yesterday after seeing images of troops and tanks at Heathrow Airport," the weekly music paper's Web site reports. NME.com quotes a spokesperson as saying the family's youngest daughter saw the pictures and "freaked."
Instead, the show saw a surprise performance by Oasis' Noel Gallagher, who turned out the band's 1996 hit "Wonderwall" backed by a string section. Oasis was named the best U.K. band, while Noel's brother Liam Gallagher took the best haircut honor. The show also featured an opening performance by the Datsuns, who performed their single "Harmonic Generation."
Coldplay earned a pair of awards for its album "A Rush of Blood to the Head," released by Parlophone in the U.K. The set earned the band the NME album of the year award and the Carling best album honor. Garage-rock act the Hives also won two awards: best international band and best dressed.
The Clash was given NME's annual Godlike Genius award. Previous honorees include U2, the Fall's Mark E. Smith, Shaun Ryder (Happy Mondays, Black Grape), broadcaster John Peel, and journalist Nick Kent.
Here is the full list of 2003 NME Carling Awards winners:
Virgin Megastores best U.K. band: Oasis
Best international band: The Hives
4 Music best live band: The Datsuns
Best solo artist: Ryan Adams
Carling best New Band: The Libertines
MTV2 best video: BRMC, "Whatever Happened to My Rock 'N' Roll?"
Carling best album: Coldplay, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone)
NME album of the year: Coldplay, "A Rush of Blood to the Head" (Parlophone)
The F**K Me! award for innovation: The Polyphonic Spree
Best TV show: "The Osbournes"
Best single: The Vines, "Get Free"
NME single of the year: Doves, "There Goes the Fear"
NME hot new band: The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Best radio show: Steve Lamacq
NME artist of the year: Oasis
Godlike Genius: The Clash
Best film: "24 Hour Party People"
Most sexy man: Chris Martin
Most sexy woman: Avril Lavigne
Villain of the year: Robbie Williams
Hero of the year: Ozzy Osbourne
Best live venue: London Astoria
Best haircut: Liam Gallagher
Best dressed: The Hives
Best Web site: NME.com
Worst album: Robbie Williams, "Escapology" (EMI)
Worst single: Robbie Williams, "Feel"
Worst band: Nickelback
Worst haircut: Jack Osbourne
Worst dressed: Christina Aguilera
Best event: Carling Reading/Leeds Festival