The NME Awards is one of the wildest nights in the music industry calendar and the 2014 awards were just as crazy as ever. The Brit Awards are sedate in comparison, mainly because the NME awards are not on TV so the stars can really let their hair down and party! It’s held at the O2 Academy in London’s Brixton and everyone sits at tables, where the drinks are in full-flow. It’s 100% rock and roll!
The awards honour unique, independent music and the fashion worn by the cool guests is just as diverse as the music itself. There was colour (ie Lily Allen), there was black (ie Abbey Clancey) and there was in-between (ie Laura Whitmore). Before I get into the full list of winners, let me explain why these three ladies rocked during the party.
Lily wowed in pink at the Brit Awards with yellow hair but she went for a complete stripe theme at the NME awards, which really got everyone’s attention. Orange and black was the theme of her dress and hair and there was a very colourful stripey faux fur coat. Lily is not just back on the pop scene, she is better than ever before. She looks better after having two kids than when she was on the pop scene the first time round. She wasn’t even drinking that much, but she was mingling to the max. Hopefully she’ll collborate with some indie stars soon after hobnobbing with everyone at the awards. Watch this space!
Laura always stands out from the crowd and the NME awards was no exception as she was the only star in a grey dress. For MTV, she’s used to hanging out with the band and so she was in her element at the awards party catching up with all her mates. She’s so well-connected! And guess what, there are bigger music shows in the pipeline for her. All will be revealed in the summer.
After wowing the judges on Strictly Come Dancing with her beautiful ballroom dancing, Abbey showed she was still a cool rock chick at heart as she presented an award. I loved how she wore red shoes with a black dress to shake the look up a bit. Sadly she didn’t stay that long as she had to get back for babysitters but it’s still cool she made the effort to do something that’s a bit different to her squeaky clean Strictly image.
I was also very impressed by Debbie Harry, who won the Godlike Genius award (ie legend award). Her band Blondie have now been together for 40 years but does she look old enough for that? I don’t think so!
The winners are:
Godlike genius Blondie
Songwriters’ songwriter Paul McCartney
Award for innovation Damon Albarn
Teenage Cancer Trust outstanding contribution to music award Belle & Sebastian
Best British band supported by Windows phone Arctic Monkeys
Best international band supported by Austin, Texas Haim
Best solo artist Lily Allen
Best new band supported by Mossimo Drenge
Best live band supported by Gig Buddy Arctic Monkeys
Best album supported by PS4 Infamous Second Son Arctic Monkeys, AM
Best track supported by Blackstar Amps Disclosure, White Noise
Best music video supported by Domino’s Eagulls, Nerve Endings
Best festival Glastonbury
Best TV show Breaking Bad
Best music film Made of Stone
Philip Hall radar award supported by Monster headphones Fat White Family
Best reissue The Clash, Sound System
Best band blog or Twitter Alana Haim, Haim
Best book Morrissey, Autobiography
Best small festival Sŵn
Best fan community Arctic Monkeys
Music moment of the year Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust
Worst band The 1975
Hero of the year Alex Turner
Villain of the year Harry Styles
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