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NME Awards: Wolf Alice best live band, Glasto #1 festival

All the winners from "the most rock ’n’ roll awards ceremony on the planet"

By IQ on 18 Feb 2016

Wolf Alice will perform at Hear Hear! festival

Wolf Alice at the Cambridge Junction in April 2015

image © Paul Hudson

Wolf Alice took home the award for best live band at the NME Awards at the O2 Academy in Brixton last night.

The British indie four-piece also won best track for their song ‘Giant Peach’.

Glastonbury took home the prize for best festival for the third year in a row, with The Libertines’ surprise gig at Glastonbury 2015 winning the gong for music moment of the year.

End of the Road was named best small festival.

Yoko Ono was presented with the NME inspiration award to mark her achievements in art, music and philanthropy, and Coldplay were named Godlike geniuses, receiving their award from Kylie Minogue. The Glastonbury 2016 headliners closed the awards with a medley of ‘Fix You’, ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’, ‘Yellow’, ‘Clocks’ and ‘Viva la Vida’.

The main talking point of the night came when Bring Me the Horizon frontman Oli Sykes jumped from the stage onto Coldplay’s table. Sykes last year criticised Coldplay for similarities between the cover art for A Head Full of Dreams and BMTH’s album Sempiternal, but denied destroying Chris Martin and co’s table was a protest.

He also let slip that the two are apparently playing at the same time at Glastonbury 2016 – Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage and BMTH on the Other Stage…

“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,” says NME editor-in-chief Mike Williams. “Once again we lived up to our reputation as the most rock ’n’ roll awards ceremony on the planet, and it’s great to see so many brilliant artists being crowned NME Award winners. Roll on another year of brilliant music.”

A full list finalists is below (winners are in bold).

Best British band
The Libertines
Wolf Alice
The 1975
Catfish and the Bottlemen
The Maccabees

Best international band (sponsored by the city of Austin, Texas)
Tame Impala
Foo Fighters
The Strokes
The Killers
Alabama Shakes
Run the Jewels

Best new artist (sponsored by Topman)
Rat Boy

Best British solo artist (sponsored by Pilot Pens)
Noel Gallagher
Ed Sheeran
Charli XCX
Florence Welch

Best international solo artist (sponsored by Nikon)
Kendrick Lamar
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift
Courtney Barnett
Kanye West

Best live band (sponsored by Red Stripe)
The Maccabees
The Libertines
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice

Best album (sponsored by HMV)
Wolf Alice – My Love is Cool
The Maccabees – Marks to Prove it
Kendrick Lamar – To Pimp a Butterfly
Tame Impala – Currents
Grimes – Art Angels
Foals – What Went Down

Best track
Coldplay – ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’
The Libertines – ‘Gunga Din’
The Weeknd – ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’
Skepta – ‘Shut Down’
Wolf Alice – ‘Giant Peach’
Foals – ‘What Went Down’

Best TV show
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
Peep Show
This is England ’90

Best film
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Kill Your Friends
Beasts of No Nation

Best music film
Montage of Heck
Straight Outta Compton
What Happened, Miss Simone
The Reflektor Tapes
Blur: New World Towers

Best music video
Rihanna – ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’
The Libertines – ‘Heart of the Matter’
Wolf Alice – ‘You’re a Germ’
Blur – ‘Ong Ong’
Slaves – ‘Cheer Up London’
Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’

Best actor
Tom Hardy
Eddie Redmayne
Nicholas Hoult
Stephen Graham
Idris Elba
Daniel Radcliffe

Best actress
Vicky McClure
Jennifer Lawrence
Emilia Clarke
Gemma Chan
Amy Schumer
Saoirse Ronan

Best Reissue
David Bowie – Five Years
A Tribe Called Quest – People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm
Velvet Underground – Loaded
Rolling Stones – Sticky Fingers
Tori Amos – Under the Pink
Faith No More – Angel Dust

Best book
Grace Jones – I’ll Never Write My Memoirs
Patt Smith – M Train
Elvis Costello – Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink
Carrie Brownstein – Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl
Professor Green – Lucky
Tom Jones – Over the Top and Back

Best festival
Reading & Leeds
V Festival
T in the Park
Isle of Wight

Best small festival (sponsored by ID&C)
Festival Number 6
Green Man
End of the Road
Liverpool Sound City
Kendall Calling

Music moment of the year
The return of Adele
The Libertines’ secret Glastonbury set
Dave Grohl breaks leg and carries on
Florence headlines Glastonbury
Kanye at the Brits
One Direction ‘split’

Best fan community
The Libertines
Catfish and the Bottlemen
The 1975
Wolf Alice

Worst band
5 Seconds of Summer
One Direction
Little Mix
Sleaford Mods

Villain of the year
David Cameron
Chris Moyles
Kanye West
Donald Trump
George Osbourne
Simon Cowell

Hero of the year
Dave Grohl
Jeremy Corbyn
Florence Welch
Kanye West
Taylor Swift

Vlogger of the year
Charlie McDonnell
Joe Weller
Savannah Brown