Taylor Swift And David Bowie Honored At The NME Awards, 5 Seconds Of Summer Named Worst Band
The 2016 NME Awards with Austin, Texas took place at the O2 Academy Brixton in London this week.
The biggest winners of the night were Taylor Swift and The Libertines. Swift was honored with best international solo artist while there was a nod to The Libertines’ secret Glastonbury set for “Music Moment of the Year.” Charli XCX beat out Adele for best British solo artist. Run the Jewels won Best International Band while 5 Seconds Of Summer won its counter part of Worst Band. David Bowie‘s “Five Years” won the category of Best Reissue.
Yoko Ono was also honored with the inspiration award.
The award was presented by former Sonic Youth guitarist, Thurston Moore.
“She is an activist for peace. Her and her husband [John Lennon] expressed peace. To say her name is to express happiness,” said Moore.
“I’m excited to get this award,” said Yoko. “I didn’t expect it at all. It’s great to be busy together.”
The NME’s also give awards for more than just music. Patti Smith‘s “M Train” won Best Book Award, Best Television Show is This Is England ’90, Beasts of No Nation won Best Film, and Glastonbury won Best Festival (End of the Road as Best Small Festival).
Moving on to even more creative awards, Donald Trump won villain of the year while Dave Grohl received Hero of the Year. Coldplay took home the Godlike Genius award.
“We first came here when we were just kids,” said Coldplay’s Chris Martin, “It’s been a long journey.”
The awards show started with a video montage tribute to David Bowie, born a short distance from the Brixton Academy. It was hosted by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
See the full list of winner:
Best British Band — The Maccabees
Best International Band — Run The Jewels
Best New Artist — Rat Boy
Best British Solo Artist — Charli XCX
Best International Solo Artist — Taylor Swift
Best Live Band — Wolf Alice
Best Album — Foals, What Went Down
Best Track — Wolf Alice, “Giant Peach”
Best TV Show — This is England ’90
Best Film — Beasts of No Nation
Best Music Film — Blur: New World Towers
Best Music Video — Slaves, “Cheer Up London”
Best Actor — Idris Elba
Best Actress — Vicky McClure
Best Reissue — David Bowie, Five Years
Best Book — Patti Smith, M Train
Best Festival — Glastonbury
Best Small Festival — End Of The Road
Music Moment of the Year — The Libertines’ secret Glastonbury set
Best Fan Community — The Libertines
Worst Band — 5 Seconds of Summer
Villain of the Year — Donald Trump
Hero of the Year — Dave Grohl
Vlogger of the Year — KSI
Godlike Genius — Coldplay