Kasabian and Jamie T dominated the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas picking up three awards apiece. Kasabian were awarded two of the big awards of the night: Best British Band supported by Marshall and Best Album; they also picked up Best Quote. Jamie T was awarded Best Track supported by Tito’s and Best Video for ‘Zombie’ along with Music Moment Of The Year, which was presented by Florence Welch, for his incredible comeback. Other big winners included Suede, Jimmy Page, Royal Blood, Jake Bugg, Foo Fighters and Iggy Azalea and Charli XCX.
Mike Williams, editor of NME, said: “It’s been an astounding year of comebacks and triumphs for Kasabian and Jamie T and their awards tonight prove it. The fans have spoken and along with newcomers Royal Blood they have been undoubtedly anointed as the biggest acts in the country right now. Most excitingly, none of the trio look set on slowing down any time soon!”
Hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, the NME Awards is renowned as one of the most important and influential nights in the music calendar. 2015 once again saw some of the biggest names in music come out to celebrate at the intimate ceremony at London’s prestigious O2 Academy Brixton.
Royal Blood were awarded two awards Best New Band supported by REPLAY and Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow. They proved exactly why they were such deserving recipients when they opened the show with an electric performance of ‘Figure It Out’.
Charli XCX then picked up the Dancefloor Filler award for her collaboration with Iggy Azalea on ‘Fancy’ she then went on to treat the crowd to a stunning performance of her current single ‘Doing It’. Best Festival was once again deservedly awarded to Glastonbury whilst Jarvis Cocker presented Dean Blunt with the prestigious Philip Hall Radar Award, which recognises promising newcomers.
Jake Bugg fought off tough competition from Jack White, Jamie T, La Roux, Lana Del Rey and St Vincent to be crowned Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion and Foo Fighters were presented Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas by Chrissie Hynde. They beat Arcade Fire, Haim, Interpol, Queens Of The Stone Age and Tame Impala.
There were some very special accolades on the night, Frank Turner presented Teenage Cancer Trust with the Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and Jimmy Page was in attendance to receive the unique Rock‘n’Roll Soul Award , which was presented by Royal Blood.
US hip hop duo Run The Jewels and The Vaccines also performed on the night, Run The Jewels treated the audience to ‘Lie Cheat Steal’ while The Vaccines performed brand new track ‘Dream Lover’.
The evening came to a sensational end when Bernard Sumner took to the stage to present Suede with the prestigious Godlike Genius Award. This was preceded by a very special video from Ricky Gervais (Suede’s first manager). The band closed the night with an epic set of their greatest hits which included Metal Mickey, Animal Nitrate and Trash.
Other winners on the night were Pulp who won Best Music Film; Manic Street Preachers who picked up Best Reissue for ‘The Holy Bible’; Northern Soul was awarded Best Film; Best TV Show went to Game Of Thrones; Hero Of The Year went to Alex Turner for the second year running; Small Festival Of The Year went to Liverpool Psych Fest and Book Of The Year went to Viv Albertine for Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. Best Fan Community went to Muse; Best Band Social Media went to Liam Gallagher for his Twitter and Best Lyric went to Happyness.
Nigel Farage was awarded Villain Of The Year beating off Bono, David Cameron, Harry Styles, Russell Brand and Taylor Swift, whilst Worst Band was awarded to 5 Seconds Of Summer who beat the likes of One Direction, Bastille and U2 to the accolade.
FULL WINNERS LIST:
Godlike Genius Award
Rock‘n’Roll Soul Award
Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification
Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – The Live Music Capital Of The World®
Outstanding Contribution to Music
Teenage Cancer Trust
Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion
Best New Band supported by REPLAY
Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers
Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka
Jamie T – ‘Zombie’
Jamie T – ‘Zombie’
Philip Hall Radar Award
Best TV Show
Game Of Thrones
Best Music Film
Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets
Reissue Of The Year
Manic Street Preachers – ‘The Holy Bible’
Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX – ‘Fancy’
5 Seconds Of Summer
Villain Of The Year
Hero Of The Year
Music Moment Of The Year
Jamie T’s comeback
Best Fan Community
Small Festival Of The Year
Liverpool Psych Fest
Book Of The Year
Viv Albertine – Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys.
Best Band Social Media
Liam Gallagher’s Twitter
Happyness – “I’m wearing Win Butler’s hair/There’s a scalpless singer in a Montreal rock band somewhere.”
Kasabian – “Five records, ten years. We’ve earned our shot.” – Serge Pizzorno, (talking about Glasto headline slot)