Thursday, 1 March 2012

Florence And The Machine and Kasabian win NME awards...

Florence And The Machine picked up two gongs at this year's NME music awards as Noel Gallagher received his godlike genius prize.

Florence Welch, 25, beat Adele to the title of best solo artist and Shake It Out was voted best track.

"I'm really incredibly grateful," she said. "It is slightly strange because I've never been quite sure myself about whether I'm a solo act or a band.

"I've always thought of it as a project that I've started."

Florence And The Machine also performed at the event with The Horrors, who won best album, as did The Vaccines, who were voted best new band.

Noel Gallagher took to the stage at London's Brixton Academy to collect his honour.

The magazine's editor Krissi Murison said he was a man who had "written more anthems in the last two decades than anyone else".

Tributes were played out to him from Paul Weller, Kinks frontman Ray Davies and comedian Russell Brand, who said the songwriter was "a hero to a generation".

The former Oasis guitarist, 44, paid tribute to his fans saying: "I'd like to start by saying to all the people up there who bothered to buy a ticket, a CD, or a T-shirt because that's what counts - the merchandise, thank you."

In pictures: See photos of the stars who turned out for the NME awards

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Pulp were recognised for their outstanding contribution to music.

Singer Jarvis Cocker dedicated the award to "all the people who came to see us last year".

"A concert without an audience is just a very long soundcheck," he said.

Kasabian opened the show and won best British band with the Foo Fighters picking up the international version of the prize.

The Leicester group dedicated their award to Davy Jones, The Monkees singer who died aged 66 on Wednesday, and sang part of their TV theme tune on stage.

Arctic Monkeys won the live band title.

Best album went to The Horrors for Skying and Katy B's Broken Record was named dancefloor anthem.

Host Jack Whitehall's Channel 4 sitcom, student comedy Fresh Meat, was named best TV show.

The reunion of the Stone Roses was voted the year's greatest music moment and Glastonbury won best festival.

Muse front man Matt Bellamy was named hero of the year while Justin Bieber was villain of the year for the second time in a row.

He also picked up the worst album award for Under The Mistletoe.

X Factor boy band One Direction were named worst band.

NME editor Krissi Murison said more than 10 million votes had been cast for the annual awards on the magazine's website.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best British band - Kasabian

Best international band - Foo Fighters

Best solo artist - Florence + The Machine

Best new band - The Vaccines

Best live band - Arctic Monkeys

Best album - The Horrors (Skying)

Best track - Florence + The Machine (Shake It Out)

Dancefloor anthem - Katy B (Broken Record)

Best video - Hurts (Sunday)

Best TV show - Fresh Meat

Best festival - Glastonbury

Best film - Submarine

Best music film - Back and Forth (Foo Fighters)

Greatest music moment - The Stone Roses reunite

Best reissue - The Smiths (Complete Re-Issues)

Best book - Noel Fielding (The Scribblings of A Madcap Shambleton)

Hero of the year - Matt Bellamy

Villain of the year - Justin Bieber

Worst album - Justin Bieber (Under The Mistletoe)

Worst Band - One Direction

Best album artwork - Friendly Fires (Pala)

Best band blog or Twitter - @Ladygaga

Best small festival - Rockness

Most dedicated fans - Muse

Hottest male - Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars)

Hottest female - Hayley Williams (Paramore)

Outstanding contribution to music - Pulp

Godlike genius award - Noel Gallagher

Philip Hall radar award - Azealia Banks

Highlights from the show will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Saturday 4 March.

Source: BBC

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