Coxon and Albarn perform “This Is A Low”, Oasis win Best British Band

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Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon made a surprise guest appearance at last night’s Shockwaves NME Awards as their former arch rivals Oasis picked up Best British Band.

The duo performed ‘This Is A Low’ from their 1995 album Parklife, while Oasis won Best British Band and Best Blog for Noel Gallagher’s ‘Tales From The Middle Of Nowhere’.

“This is ironic, we’re being given best British band by the second-best British comedian,” joked Gallagher after receiving the award from comedian Russell Brand. “Thanks to all the readers who’ve voted. This has turned into a right bad idea.”

Other awards went to Kings Of Leon, who won Best Album for ‘Only By The Night’, MGMT, who picked up Best New Act and Best Track for “Time To Pretend”, and Muse, who were awarded Best Live Act and Best Album Artwork for ‘HAARP’. Muse frontman Matt Bellamy was also voted Sexiest Male by NME readers. The Killers won Best International Band and former Libertines frontman Pete Doherty won Best Solo Artist.

The Cure were presented with the Godlike Genius Award by director Tim Burton, and went on to close the ceremony with a 30 minute live performance.

Other performances came from Elbow, who were given an award for Outstanding Contribution To Music, Glasvegas and Franz Ferdinand, who performed a cover of Blondie’s “Call Me”.

Presented by comedian Mark Watson, the awards will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Friday.

To watch Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon’s surprise performance click here

The full list of winners are:

Godlike Genius: The Cure
Best British Band: Oasis
Best International Band: The Killers
Best Solo Artist: Pete Doherty
Best New Band: MGMT
Best Live Band: Muse
Best Album: Kings Of Leon ‘Only By The Night’
Best Track: MGMT ‘Time To Pretend’
Best Video: Last Shadow Puppets ‘My Mistakes Were Made For You’
Best Live Event: Glastonbury 2008
Best TV: ‘The Mighty Boosh’
Phillip Hall Radar Award: The Big Pink
Best Dancefloor Filler: Dizzee Rascal featuring Calvin Harris and Chromeo – ‘Dance Wiv Me’
Best DVD: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Live At The Apollo’
Best Band Blog: Oasis’ Noel Gallagher
Best Venue: London Astoria
Best Album Artwork Muse ‘HAARP’
Hero Of The Year: Barack Obama
Villain Of The Year: George W Bush
Best Dressed: Alexa Chung
Worst Dressed: Amy Winehouse
Worst Album: The Jonas Brothers – ‘A Little Bit Longer’
Worst Band: the Jonas Brothers
Sexiest Male: Muse’s Matt Bellamy
Sexiest Female: Paramore’s Hayley Williams
Best Website: YouTube


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