Wolf Alice win big at NME Awards in Brixton – Coldplay’s table trashed

Written by on February 19, 2016 in Culture, Music, News - Comments Off on Wolf Alice win big at NME Awards in Brixton – Coldplay’s table trashed

At Wednesday night’s NME Awards ceremony in Brixton Academy, alt-rockers Wolf Alice won big and Coldplay’s table was trashed by Bring Me the Horizon during an energetic live performance.

Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice

The winners of this year’s NME Awards were announced at a ceremony in Brixton on Wednesday night at a star-studded ceremony hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.

Coldplay at the NME Awards. Photo by Dean Chalkey

Coldplay at the NME Awards. Photo by Dean Chalkey

North London rock quartet Wolf Alice took home two of the most coveted gongs of the night – ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’ for their 2015 smash hit, ‘Giant Peach’. The Maccabees were also celebrating, having won ‘Best British Band’ – only a couple of weeks after they gigged at the venue. Foals, who opened the show with ‘What Went Down’, picked up the ‘Best Album’ award.

A highlight from the evening came when rock group Bring Me the Horizon trashed Coldplay’s table – apparently it wasn’t deliberately targeted, but Chris Martin did seem a bit bemused. It didn’t stop the young band picking up the NME Innovation Award.

Coldplay were presented with a ‘Godlike Genius’ award by Kylie Minogue and closed the show with a set of career-spanning hits including Fix You, Adventure of a Lifetime, Clocks, and Viva la Vida.

Mike Williams, NME editor-in-chief, said: “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.”

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 are below:

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

About the Author

Barney is half of the Arts editorial team at the Brixton blog. He particularly likes to write about Brixton’s musical and literary scenes, and has interviewed local writers and bands as well as written the odd gig review. Get in touch with him at arts@brixtonblog.com, or you can find him tweeting @BarneyEvison.

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