NME Awards 2013: Highlights, Winners and Sinners

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The stars filed in to London’s Troxy last night (Wed, 27) for The NME Awards 2013. As ever, it was a night of nonchalant acceptance speeches, hero admiration and pop-band bashing. Here are some of the highlights, and some of the winners.

Perhaps the biggest headline was The Rolling Stones winning two awards: Best Live Band and Best Music Film for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’. "I feel really grateful after all the hard work that we put in – it's got to be fucking live, baby! We've only waited 50 years for it," Ronnie Wood said upon accepting the live band award.

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones 56th BFI London Film Festival: 'Rolling Stones - Crossfire Hurricanes', gala screening held at the Odeon Leicester Square

Still going - The Rolling Stones

NME continued to pay tribute to the bands of yesteryear by awarding Johnny Marr with the Godlike Genius award. “I think it’s serious and funny and sweet and very rocking to get the Godlike Genius Award. I’m looking forward to being lazy for the rest of my life,” he explained when grabbing the coveted award.

Moving towards the other end of the spectrum, just for a second, and One Direction were subject to a couple of unwanted gongs. The band were awarded the dreaded title of Worst Band, while Harry Styles won Villain Of The Year, beating out David Cameron. Now, it takes something really special to beat the Prime Minister in a category like that.

Harry Styles of One Direction - One Direction perform at London's O2 Arena - London, United Kingdom

NME fans don't like Harry Styles. They do like The Stones though...

Florence Welch, of Florence and the Machine, was another double winner. She was named best solo artist and provided the vocals on Sweet Nothing, by Calvin Harris, which was named best dance floor anthem.

"It's been an unbelievable night and one hell of a party, and the only thing left to say is thanks to everyone who voted and all the amazing artists who performed on the night and were nominated in all the categories,” said Mike Williams, editor of NME magazine. “The NME Awards remains the most rock'n'roll event of the year, and this year has been one of the finest in NME's proud 60 year history. Onwards and upwards for 2014!"


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