London, 17 February 2016 – The winners of this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas were announced tonight at a star studded ceremony hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
North London rock quartet Wolf Alice took home two of the most coveted gongs of the night – ‘Best Live Band’ supported by Red Stripe and ‘Best Track’ for their 2015 smash hit, ‘Giant Peach’. Also celebrating were The Maccabees, scooping arguably the top title of the night – ‘Best British Band’. Foals, who opened the show with ‘What Went Down’, beat off stiff competition from The Maccabees and Wolf Alice to pick-up the ‘Best Album” award supported by HMV.
Fresh from their Superbowl performance, Coldplay were presented with their Godlike Genius award by Kylie Minogue. The band went on to close the show with an incredible set of career-spanning hits including Fix You, Adventure of a Lifetime, Clocks, and Viva la Vida.
The legendary Yoko Ono attended the ceremony on the eve of her 83rd birthday to collect the NME Inspiration Award in recognition of her long standing achievements across art, music and philanthropy.
Mike Williams, NME editor-in-chief, says: “The last 12 months have been massive for NME, so I’m delighted that we’ve been able to celebrate with such an amazing knees-up. Once again we lived up to our reputation as the most rock’n’roll awards ceremony on the planet, and it’s great to see so many brilliant artists being crowned NME Award winners. Roll on another year of brilliant music.”
Taylor Swift accepted her ‘International Solo Artist of the Year’ award supported by Nikon with a video message from her home, in which she jokingly referred to the iconic design of the NME Award as ‘feeling a little aggressive’ before deciding that it is in fact ‘cheeky’ before granting it a place on her mantelpiece. Elsewhere, Charli XCX flew the flag for British female artists, as she took home ‘Best British Solo Artist’ supported by Pilot Pens.
Other performances on the night came from Bring Me the Horizon who picked up the NME Innovation Award and Rat Boy, who has been descending on venues across the UK on the NME Awards Tour with Austin, Texas gave a performance of his critically acclaimed track ‘Move’. He also came out on top in a fiercely contested category to be named ‘Best New Artist’ supported by Topman. The Libertines’ secret Glastonbury set was ‘Music Moment of the Year’, whilst Glastonbury itself took home ‘Best Festival’ – collected by Emily Eavis.
Donald Trump was named Villain of the Year while Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl was crowned ‘Hero of the Year’. For a second year in a row, 5 Seconds of Summer proved unpopular with the NME audience, voted ‘Worst Band of the Year’.
The complete list of NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas winners are:
GODLIKE GENIUS – COLDPLAY
NME INSPIRATION AWARD – YOKO ONO
NME INNOVATION AWARD – BRING ME THE HORIZON
BEST BRITISH BAND – THE MACCABEES
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND SUPPORTED BY AUSTIN, TEXAS – RUN THE JEWELS
BEST BRITISH SOLO ARTIST SUPPORTED BY PILOT PENS – CHARLI XCX
BEST INTERNATIONAL SOLO ARTIST SUPPORTED BY NIKON – TAYLOR SWIFT
BEST LIVE BAND SUPPORTED BY RED STRIPE – WOLF ALICE
BEST ALBUM SUPPORTED BY HMV – FOALS – ‘WHAT WENT DOWN’
MUSIC MOMENT OF THE YEAR – THE LIBERTINES SECRET GLASTONBURY SET
BEST TRACK – WOLF ALICE – ‘GIANT PEACH’
BEST NEW ARTIST SUPPORTED BY TOPMAN– RAT BOY
BEST MUSIC VIDEO – SLAVES – ‘CHEER UP LONDON’
BEST MUSIC FILM – BLUR: NEW WORLD TOWERS
BEST FILM – BEASTS OF NO NATION
BEST TV SHOW – THIS IS ENGLAND 90
BEST ACTRESS – VICKY MCCLURE
BEST ACTOR – IDRIS ELBA
BEST FESTIVAL – GLASTONBURY
BEST SMALL FESTIVAL SUPPORTED BY ID&C – END OF THE ROAD
BEST REISSUE – DAVID BOWIE – FIVE YEARS
BEST BOOK – PATTI SMITH – ‘M TRAIN’
BEST FAN COMMUNITY – THE LIBERTINES
BEST VLOGGER – KSI
HERO OF THE YEAR – DAVE GROHL
VILLAIN OF THE YEAR – DONALD TRUMP
WORST BAND – 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER