The Strokes Storm NME Carling Awards
New York-based rock outfit the Strokes won big at British music weekly NME's Carling Awards this afternoon (Feb. 25) at London's Planit Arches, taking home trophies for best new act, band of the year,New York-based rock outfit the Strokes won big at British music weekly NME's Carling Awards this afternoon (Feb. 25) at London's Planit Arches, taking home trophies for best new act, band of the year, and album of the year for "Is This It" (Rough Trade). Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown was named best solo artist, while the single of the year honors went to Ash's "Burn Baby Burn." Kylie Minogue, whose "Fever" (Parlophone) album was released in the U.K. last October, took home the best pop act award.
U2, who last year won both the best rock act and "godlike genius" awards, was named best live act. The group was not present for this year's show, but sent a videotaped performance in which they covered the Ramones' "Beat on the Brat."
The fan-chosen awards, formerly known as the "Brats," were also bestowed upon the likes of Missy Elliott (best hip-hop act), the late Aaliyah (best R&B act), Lostprophets (best metal act), and Basement Jaxx (best dance act). The "godlike genius" award was shared by NME writer Nick Kent and photographer Pennie Smith.
Radiohead, who tied the Strokes with four nominations, won in the best video category for "Pyramid Song." The thrice-nominated Gorillaz struck out completely, echoing the outcome of last week's Brit awards, where the animated foursome won none of the six awards for which it was nominated.
The "musical event of the year" award went to NME's own Carling Shows series, which encompassed performances by the Charlatans U.K., Bubba Sparxxx, Aphex Twin, Nickelback, ... And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, and the Pet Shop Boys at London's Astoria throughout February, as part of the magazine's 50th anniversary celebration.
Here is a full list of winners for the NME Carling Awards:
Band of the Year: the Strokes
NME Carling Album of the year: the Strokes, "Is This It"
Single of the year: Ash, "Burn Baby Burn"
Best solo artist: Ian Brown
Best new act: the Strokes
Best music video: Radiohead, "Pyramid Song"
Best live act: U2
Best live venue: London's Brixton Academy
Musical event of the year: Carling Weekend
Best TV show: "The Office"
Best film: "Moulin Rouge"
Best radio show: BBC Evening Session
Best hip-hop act: Missy Elliott
Best R&B act: Aaliyah
Best dance act: Basement Jaxx
Best metal group: Lostprophets
Best pop act: Kylie Minogue
Philip Hall On Award: The Coral
Godlike Genius: Nick Kent and Pennie Smith
Outstanding Contribution to NME: the Charlatans U.K.