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NME Awards Winners 2013


A bad night for One Direction, a good night for Florence Welch, The Rolling Stones and a "god-like" Johnny Marr.

Remember when music awards ceremonies used to be James Corden-free and booze-soaked? Well, thankfully there's the NME Awards.

The highlight of last night's show in east London was legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, who was awarded the prestigious God-like Genius honour, joining Rolling Stones' Ronnie Wood to perform There Is A Light That Never Goes Out and a cover of The Clash's White Riot.

Marr, who recently released his debut solo album, joked, "Most of those eyes are going to be drunk out of their face so they're not going to notice so I'll just be in the background being 'god-like'."

"I'm trying to be a really good musician," he added. "It's fantastic to have people really appreciate what you do but the other stuff is not why you do it."

Florence Welch collected gongs for Best Dancefloor Anthem, for Sweet Nothin’ with Calvin Harris - and, despite +The Machine still being intact - for Best Solo Artist.

Accepting her award, she seemed somewhat bemused by the 'solo' honour, telling the audience: "I really didn’t expect to get this again, especially because it’s debatable whether I’m a solo artist."

Spot the difference: Paul Weller and ex-frontman of The Rascals Miles Kane both performed at the ceremony

The Rolling Stones won Best Live Band and Best Music Film for their documentary Crossfire Hurricane.

Accepting the award on behalf of the band, Wood said: "I feel really grateful after all the hard work that we put in - it's got to be f**king live, baby! We've only waited 50 years for it."

The 65-year-old guitarist also said he was trying to persuade his bandmates to play this year's Glastonbury Festival.

It was not a strong night for One Direction, with the group named worst band and its most popular hearthrob, Harry Styles, branded Villain of the Year - above nominees including David Cameron and dubstep aficionado Skrillex.


Godlike genius - Johnny Marr

Outstanding contribution award - The Cribs

Graham Coxon and Alex James share a moment as they collect Blur's Best Re-Issue award and Biffy Clyro, accepting Best British Band

Best British band - Biffy Clyro

Best album - Given To The Wild by Maccabees

Best international band - The Killers

Best track - Inhaler by Foals

Fresh Meat's Zawe Ashton, aka Vod, accepts the Best TV Show gong, while Matt Helders takes the graphic statue for the Arctic Monkeys

Best TV show - Fresh Meat

Best music film - The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane


Best re-issue - 21 by Blur

Best solo artist - Florence Welch

Best new band - Palma Violets

Best music video - R U Mine? by Arctic Monkeys


Best festival - Reading & Leeds Festivals

Reading Festival, above left and Leeds, right, were both recognised by NME

Best live band - Rolling Stones

Best dancefloor anthem - Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

Philip Hall radar award - Child Of Lov

An awards show just wouldn't be the same without a Jack Whitehall cameo. Idris Elba provided some big name glamour - then went and ruined it with a bizarre bobble hat

Best Twitter - Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim)

Best book - Mike Skinner: The Story Of The Streets

Music moment of the year - Olympics opening ceremony

A villainous Harry Styles, left and the heroic President Obama, right

Hero of the year - Barack Obama

Villain of the year - Harry Styles

Best small festival - Festival No.6

Worst band - One Direction

Best fan community - Muse

Best film - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Worthy winners and losers? Tell us in the comments box below or on Twitter

Words: Anna Pollitt. Images: Rex Features, Getty Images



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