All four members of U2 were present at the 2001 NME Carling Awards (formerly known as the Brats) today (Feb. 6) in East London to accept two of the most prominent accolades in the weekly music paper's

All four members of U2 were present at the 2001 NME Carling Awards (formerly known as the Brats) today (Feb. 6) in East London to accept two of the most prominent accolades in the weekly music paper's annual industry party.

With their special club gig at London's Astoria only 24 hours away, the Irish rock heroes were named best rock act. They later returned to the stage to collect the "Godlike Genius" trophy, after which Bono praised the role that NME played in group's musical education as youngsters in the 1970s.

The ceremony, which took place before an industry audience at Planit Archives in Shoreditch, a mile and a half from London Bridge, also proved profitable for Parlophone/EMI's Coldplay. The rising Britpop stars took away an armful of statuettes for best new artist, best single (for "Yellow"), and the session of the year from Radio 1's "Evening Session" show, itself honored as best radio show.

During the controversy-free event, Coldplay's Chris Martin remarked in one of his enthusiastic (if unfocused) acceptance speeches that he would always come on stage to collect awards even when he was famous. The remark was a reference to the fact that Oasis' Liam Gallagher, on being named NME Hero Of The Year, remained in his seat.

One of the biggest cheers of the event went up as Primal Scream's "Xtrmnrtr" was named album of the year, an award accepted by bassist Mani with typically colorful language. Radiohead drummer Phil Selway took receipt of their best band trophy, while Marilyn Manson gave a short filmed acceptance speech for the best metal act honor.

Other winners included Fatboy Slim as best dance act, Eminem (hip-hop/rap), All Saints (pop), Kelis (R&B/soul), Carl Cox (club DJ) and Cream (best club).