Another awards ceremony, another triumphant night for the Arctic Monkeys. The Sheffield quartet left the NME Awards ceremony at London’s Indigo venue last night with three more trophies to add to their vast collection.
The Arctic Monkeys won Best British Band, Best Track and Best Video. But they were beaten to Best Album by the Klaxons, who opened the show with a lively version of “Atlantis To Interzone”.
Other performers at the NME show included The Cribs, with newest member Johnny Marr bringing a song called “Panic” that he used to play with one of his old bands. Kate Nash (Best Solo Artist) recruited Billy Bragg to help her through a version of his “A New England”. And Gallows frontman Frank Carter dedicated their version of “Staring At The Rude Boys” (augmented by Lethal Bizzle) to the Ruts’ late guitarist, Paul Fox.
The show was closed by NME’s Godlike Genius winners, Manic Street Preachers. They were presented their award by boxer Joe Calzaghe, before Nicky Wire made an emotional speech.
Another notable speech came from one of last year’s Godlike Genii, Primal Scream. Arriving to present the Klaxons with their Best Album award, Mani noted the atmosphere was like “A Leonard Cohen B-Side at a snooker tournament. In space.”
Arctic Monkeys, sadly, weren’t eligible for the Best International Band and Best New Band categories, which were won by The Killers and The Enemy respectively.
Here’s the full list of winners, anyway:
Best British Band supported by Shockwaves
Best International Band supported by T4
Best New Band
Best Live Band supported by Carling
Best Solo Artist supported by 4Music
Best Album supported by HMV
‘Myths Of The Near Future’ – Klaxons
Best Track supported by Trinity Street
‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ – Arctic Monkeys
Best Video supported by NMETV
‘Teddy Picker’ – Arctic Monkeys
Best Dancefloor Filler
‘Let’s Dance To Joy Division’ – The Wombats
Best Music DVD
‘Unplugged In New York’ – Nirvana
Best Live Event
Carling Weekend: Reading And Leeds Festival
Hero Of The Year
Villain Of The Year
George W Bush
Best Album Artwork
‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’ – The Good, The Bad & The Queen
Best Radio Show
Zane Lowe (Radio 1)
‘Blackout’ – Britney Spears
Best TV Show
The Mighty Boosh
Best Band Blog
Best Music Blog
The Modern Age (www.themodernage.org)
Philip Hall Radar Award
Manic Street Preachers