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NME Awards

Wednesday 09 March 2011
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Team Spindle were invited down to what promised to be the most rock and roll night of the music awards calendar by our friends Get Involved for the official Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony at the O2 Academy in Brixton.

The great and good of the indie world descended to this dazzling event but only a lucky few could win. Thousands of votes had been submitted by avid NME fans to decide the fate of the nominees with only a lucky few going on to become winners.

Whilst awaiting to collect passes there was a flurry of paps and stepping out of a London black cab in her famous gold Dior Homme boots was the effortlessly queen of cool Alison Mosshart (one half of The Kills).

So we took to our seats and the show opened with an energetic performance
of ‘Na Na Na’ by My Chemical Romance, who later went onto win a couple of
awards (Best International Band and Best Video). The results seemed pretty
varied this year however Muse did win Best British Band for a second year
in a row.

The ceremony, hosted by comedian and Shooting Stars regular Angelos
Epithemiou, also saw awards for Best Track go to Foals for Spanish Sahara
while Professor Green won the Best Dancefloor Filler award for his single

Alexa Chung raised the style stakes hot off being on a number of FROWs at
London’s Fashion, choosing to wear a short leather dress decorated with an inter-galatic
print by Christopher Kane. She presented an award alongside Jarvis Cocker
to present the John Peel Innovation Award as won by Toronto duo Crystal
Castles who later went on to do a performance of ‘Baptism’. Alice Glass of
Crystal Castles came onto stage in a pair of crutches, however by no means
allowed this to halt her amazingly chaotic and frenzied stage performance.

A well deserved award for Best Solo Artist was picked up by the very
talented Laura Marling, following on from her Brits triumph. Things are
likely to really pick up for this very talented lady now and mainstream
success if definitely on the horizon… a good or bad thing I’m not sure!?

Others winners included Arcade Fire who won Best Album for ‘The Suburbs’
beating both Foals and Crystal Castles. PJ Harvey was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution
to Music Award speaking to the crowd she said ‘I feel like I’m only just
beginning’. After picking up this award she then went onto to perform
recent single ‘The Words that Maketh Murder’ as well as ‘Down by the

The glittering ceremony ended with Dave Grohl being crowned with the
‘God-like Genius Award’ by NME editor Krissi Murison, who described Grohl,
the first non-Brit to win the award, as “one of the most important rock
stars alive today” before introducing Who frontman Roger Daltrey to hand
over the award at the event.

Paying tribute to Cobain, who committed suicide in 1994, he said: “This
one’s for Kurt, thank you very much” before joining Daltrey on stage to
kick off his set… which went on for an epic… two hours!