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The ceremony, held at the Brixton O2 Academy in London, was hosted by Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens and also saw Yoko Ono win the NME Inspiration Award the day before her 83rd birthday. The Maccabees won Best British Band, edging out The Libertines and Foals, while the International Solo and Band prizes went to Taylor Swift and Run The Jewels respectively.
Yoko Ono arriving at the NME Awards on February 17th
Ono received her award from former Sonic Youth frontman Thurston Moore, who recalled a 1978 performance at which he met her. “I had a project called ‘Foot’ which was just two screaming synthesisers, me on electric guitar, and a male go-go dancer, gyrating… After 3 minutes the plug was pulled and the audience was left properly confused… only one person stood up to clap, and said ‘Bravo!’, and that was Yoko.”
Foals won the award for Best Album for What Went Down, their fourth record, beating highly acclaimed records by Kendrick Lamar, Wolf Alice, Tame Impala and Grimes.
London four-piece Wolf Alice, who scored a Number 2 album with their debut My Love is Cool last summer, won their two prizes for Best Track (for recent single ‘Giant Peach’), beating the likes of Coldplay and The Weeknd, and Best Live Band.
“I can't believe we just won an award nominated against some of our favourite people,” said the band’s co-founder Theo Ellis accepting their second prize.
The Maccabees, who returned last year with after a long absence with their fourth record Marks to Prove It, said “everyone who has cared for us over the past 10 years.”
Coldplay, who were confirmed as one of Glastonbury’s headliners earlier this week, rounded off the evening with a performance of ‘Fix You’, acknowledging the amount of negative awards (Worst Band, Worst Album, Villain of the Year…) they’d received. However, their table was later invaded by Sheffield band Bring Me The Horizon, whose frontman Oli Sykes leapt off the stage onto their table during their performance.