Arctic Monkeys triumph at NME Awards

And it's a good night for Kate Nash, Klaxons and Muse

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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

Arctic Monkeys

Best International Band supported by T4

The Killers

Best New Band

The Enemy

Best Live Band supported by Carling


Best Solo Artist supported by 4Music

Kate Nash

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

Pete Doherty

Villain Of The Year

George W Bush

Best Dressed

Noel Fielding

Worst Dressed

Amy Winehouse

Best Album Artwork

‘The Good, The Bad & The Queen’ – The Good, The Bad & The Queen

Best Radio Show

Zane Lowe (Radio 1)

Worst Album

‘Blackout’ – Britney Spears

Worst Band

The Hoosiers

Best TV Show

The Mighty Boosh

Best Film


Sexiest Man

Noel Fielding

Sexiest Woman

Kylie Minogue

Best Venue

Wembley Stadium

Best Website


Best Band Blog

Radiohead (

Best Music Blog

The Modern Age (

Philip Hall Radar Award


Godlike Genius

Manic Street Preachers


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