Arctic Monkeys cemented their status as Britain’s hottest young band at the NME Awards tonight (March 1), where they won two categories. In a ceremony at London’s Hammersmith Palais, the rockers won best album for their debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not (Domino) and best music DVD for “Scummy Man.”
Just last month, the Sheffield band emerged as the big winners at the Brit Awards, where they scooped trophies for British group and British album.
This time, however, the band members were on hand to receive their honors. When Billboard later quizzed frontman Alex Turner on what he would do with all his recently earned trophies, he quipped, “I don’t know where they have all gone.”
Young blood played a significant part throughout proceedings tonight, with awards also going out to such newcomers as “nu ravers” the Klaxons (best new band), rapper Jamie T (best solo artist) and Scottish alternative rockers the View (best track).
A thrilled Jamie T told Billboard, “It’s my first big award. It’ll probably be my last.”
The prestigious best live band award went to Leicester, England, rockers Kasabian, while Las Vegas group the Killers took the best video gong for “Bones.”
The biggest cheers of the night were saved until the closing stages, when Primal Scream, recipients of the “Godlike Genius” award, performed a rousing set peppered with such hits as “Rocks” “Movin’ On Up,” “Country Girl” and “Swastika Eyes.”
“We want to get loaded — we’re going to have a good time,” singer Bobby Gillepsie told the crowd, paraphrasing the opening gambit from the band’s 1991 hit, “Loaded.”
Having presented the award, the Clash’s Mick Jones joined the band onstage for a rendition of the legendary punk outfit’s 1978 single “White Man in Hammersmith Palais.” It was an apt tribute to the famous venue, which is condemned to be demolished in the coming weeks.