Dave Grohl, Muse win at Shockwaves NME Awards 2011

Plus there are big wins for PJ Harvey and Foals

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Dave Grohl has been awarded the Godlike Genius award at this year’s [url=http://www.nme.com/awards]Shockwaves NME Awards 2011[/url], held by Uncut‘s sister-title NME.

The Foo Fighters frontman was handed the trophy at the O2 Academy Brixton in London last night (February 23), before playing a surprise 23-song set that saw the band premiere their new album ‘Wasting Light’ in full.

A host of musicians and stars including Paul McCartney, Jack Black, Josh Homme and John Paul Jones paid tribute to Grohl in a video montage that played as he took to the stage, and the crowd gave him a standing ovation as he accepted his award from The Who‘s Roger Daltrey.


Clad in black, Grohl was clearly overawed by the reception, and stood smiling for a few seconds before stating: “You guys realise they gave this one to a drummer, right? This one’s for the drummers!”

He then spoke about the time he snuck into the awards venue, the O2 Academy Brixton, to see Pixies with his Nirvana bandmates, then said the award was “for Kurt [Cobain]”.

He added: “Oh, and by the way, they asked us to play tonight and we thought, ‘Yeah, OK, sure.’ And they said, ‘Why don’t you do four or five songs?’ And I said, ‘Fuck that, why don’t we play for two fuckin’ hours?'”


Foo Fighters then played a full live set, kicking off with a cover of The Who‘s ‘Young Man Blues’, with Daltrey on vocals.

The band went on to play their new album ‘Wasting Light’ in full, before playing a number of their best-known hits including ‘Monkey Wrench’ and ‘Everlong’.

Elsewhere at the ceremony, Muse, PJ Harvey and Biffy Clyro were also big winners.

The full list of [url=http://www.nme.com/awards]Shockwaves NME Awards 2011[/url] winners and nominees are:

Godlike Genius: Dave Grohl

Philip Hall Radar Award: The Naked And Famous

Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music: PJ Harvey

John Peel Award for Innovation: Crystal Castles

Best British Band (supported by Shockwaves)

Winners: Muse

Nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Kasabian

Best International Band (supported by T4)

Winners: My Chemical Romance

Nominated: Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon, The Drums, Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist

Winner: Laura Marling

Nominated: Florence Welch, Frank Turner, Kanye West, Paul Weller

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)

Winners: Hurts

Nominated: Beady Eye, Everything Everything, The Drums, Two Door Cinema Club

Best Live Band

Winners: Biffy Clyro

Nominated: Arcade Fire, Foals, Kasabian, Muse

Best Album

Winner: Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’

Nominated: Crystal Castles – ‘Crystal Castles II’, Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’, My Chemical Romance – ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’, Two Door Cinema Club – ‘Tourist History’

Best Track (supported by NME Radio)

Winner: Foals – ‘Spanish Sahara’

Nominated: Cee Lo Green – ‘Fuck You’, Gorillaz – ‘Stylo’, Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi) – ‘Tightrope’, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – ‘Bang Bang Bang’

Best Video (supported by NME TV)

Winners: My Chemical Romance – ‘Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)’

Nominated: Arcade Fire – ‘We Used To Wait’, Brandon Flowers – ‘Crossfire’, Chase & Status – ‘Let You Go’, Gorillaz – ‘Stylo’

Best Festival

Winners: Glastonbury

Nominated: Download, Reading And Leeds Festivals, T In The Park, V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler

Winners: Professor Green – ‘Jungle’

Nominated: Crystal Castles – ‘Baptism’, Kele – ‘Tenderoni’, Plan B – ‘Stay Too Long’, Tinie Tempah – ‘Pass Out’

Best TV Show

Winner: ‘Skins’

Nominated: ‘Misfits’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, ‘Peep Show’, ‘The Inbetweeners’

Best Film

Winner: Inception

Nominated: Get Him To The Greek, Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim Vs The World, The Social Network

Hero Of The Year

Winner: Lady Gaga

Nominated: Gerard Way, Julian Assange, Kanye West

Villain Of The Year

Winners: David Cameron

Nominated: Axl Rose, Justin Bieber, Nick Clegg, Simon Cowell

Most Stylish (supported by Shockwaves)

Winner: Brandon Flowers

Nominated: Hayley Williams, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher, Noel Fielding

Least Stylish

Winnes: Justin Bieber

Nominated: Cheryl Cole, Ke$ha, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher

Worst Album

Winners: Justin Bieber – ‘My World’

Nominated: Cheryl Cole – ‘Messy Little Raindrops’, Katy Perry – ‘Teenage Dream’, Kings Of Leon – ‘Come Around Sundown’, My Chemical Romance – ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’

Worst Band

Winners: Jonas Brothers

Nominated: 30 Seconds To Mars, JLS, Kings Of Leon, Tokio Hotel

Best Band Blog or Twitter

Winner: Hayley Williams

Nominated: Frank Turner, Kanye West, Lily Allen, Theo Hutchcraft

Best Book

Winner: John Lydon – ‘Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook’

Nominated: Carl Barat – ‘Threepenny Memoir’, Jay-Z – ‘Decoded’, Keith Richards – ‘Life’, Russell Brand – ‘My Booky Wook 2’

Best Small Festival (50,000 capacity or lower)

Winners: RockNess

Nominated: Bestival, Kendal Calling, Latitude, Underage Festival

Best Album Artwork

Winner: Klaxons – ‘Surfing The Void’

Nominated: Foals – ‘Total Life Forever’, Gorillaz – ‘Plastic Beach’, MGMT – ‘Congratulations’, My Chemical Romance – ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’

Hottest Woman

Winner: Alison Mosshart

Nominated: Emily Haines, Hayley Williams, Lady Gaga, Shakira

Hottest Man

Winners: Matt Bellamy

Nominated: Alex Turner, Billie Joe Armstrong, Dominic Howard, Jared Leto

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