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London, 15 February 2016 – The winners of this year’s VO5 NME Awards were revealed this evening at a star-studded ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. One of 2016’s biggest breakout stars, Héloïse Letissier, better known as Christine and the Queens, took home two of the most coveted gongs of the night, winning ‘Best Track’ supported by Red Stripe for 2016’s smash hit ‘Tilted’ and hailed as ‘Best International Female’ supported by VO5 beating off stiff competition from Knowles sisters Solange and Beyoncé, plus Sia, Lady Gaga and Tove Lo.
Also celebrating on the night were Biffy Clyro, winning what is arguably one of the top titles of the evening – ‘Best British Band’ supported by Zig-Zag. Bastille triumphed over The 1975, Kanye West, Skepta and more to take home ‘Best Album’ supported by HMV – after opening the show with a rousing performance of their hit single ‘Good Grief’.
Pet Shop Boys, the most successful duo in UK music history* and winners of the Godlike Genius Award were presented with the accolade by the legendary Johnny Marr. After collecting their award, they brought the evening to a euphoric close with a spectacular set showcasing their greatest hits including: ‘It’s a Sin’, ‘Domino Dancing’, ‘Left to My Own Devices’, ‘West End Girls’ and more.
M.I.A, who was presented with the ‘Best British Female’ accolade by the legendary Goldie, delivered a moving introduction to Bands 4 Refugees performance in support of Help Refugees. The group, who performed together for one night only, consisted of Charli XCX, Pixie Geldof, Olly Alexander from Years & Years, plus band members from Slaves, Circa Waves, Swim Deep, Peace and Black Honey. The supergroup performed to raise awareness and funds for the ongoing work of grass roots organisation Help Refugees. Attendees and fans watching the live stream were encouraged to donate, by texting REFU to 70700 to give £5. NME will also be donating a portion of revenue made from the sales of products from NME Merch’s ‘VO5 NME Awards 2017 Winners Collection’, which will be made live for a limited period of time in due course.
Descending on London’s O2 Academy Brixton at the influential awards were The 1975 who collected Best Live Band supported by Nikon. Rockers Metallica were awarded the accolade for ‘Best International Group’ presented by Busted, while Glastonbury were crowned Best Festival supported by ID&C with Michael and Emily Eavis arriving to collect the gong. For full list of winners see below.
Skepta introduced Godfather of Grime Wiley as the Outstanding Contribution to Music Award winner before Wiley played an incredible set, bringing the whole crowd to their feet. Also taking to the stage to perform was Dua Lipa, who was crowned ‘Best New Artist’ supported by TOPMAN by Radio 1’s Clara Amfo.
The full list of VO5 NME Award winners are as follows:
Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag
Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – Live Music Capital Of The World
Best British Male Artist supported by The Pilot Pen Company
Best British Female Artist
Best International Male Artist supported by VO5
Best International Female Artist supported by VO5
Christine and The Queens
Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN
Best Album supported by HMV
Bastille ‘Wild World’
Best Track supported by Red Stripe
Christine And The Queens ‘Tilted’
Best Live Band supported by Nikon
Best Music Video
Slaves ‘Consume Or Be Consumed’
Best Festival supported by ID&C
Best TV Series supported by Domino’s Pizza
Louis Theroux – ‘My Scientology Movie’
Best Music Film
Music Moment Of The Year
Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury
Best Festival Headliner
Best Small Festival
End Of The Road
Villain Of The Year
Hero Of The Year
5 Seconds Of Summer
Oasis – ‘Be Here Now’
Johnny Marr – ‘Set The Boy Free’
For more details keep checking www.nme.com
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Notes to Editors
Full Bands 4 Refugees band was as follows –
VOX: ISAAC HOLMAN (SLAVES)
VOX: OLLY ALEXANDER (YEARS & YEARS)
VOX: CHARLI XCX
VOX: PIXIE GELDOF
DRUMS: DOMINIC BOYCE (PEACE)
BASS: SAM KOISSER (PEACE)
GUITAR: JOE FALCONER (CIRCA WAVES)
ACOUSTIC GUITAR: MARIKA HACKMAN
KEYS: AUSTIN WILLIAMS (SWIM DEEP)
PERCUSSION: CAVAN MCARTHY (SWIM DEEP)
PERCUSSION/VOX: IZZY (BLACK HONEY)
GUITAR/VOX: HARRY KOISSER (PEACE)
NME Presents The VO5 NME Awards 2017 @ O2 Academy Brixton
Date: Wednesday 15th February 2016
About The VO5 NME Awards 2017
Dating back to 1953 (a year after the launch of NME), the NME Awards has remained one of the most important and prestigious events for British music fans. Some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history have performed at the NME Awards, including: Ronnie Scott (’53), The Beatles (’63/’64), Rolling Stones (’66), The Who (’66), Noel Gallagher (’03), New Order (’05), Ian Brown (’06), The Cure (’09), Dave Grohl (’11), Johnny Marr (’13), Blondie (’14), Suede (’15) and Coldplay (’16).
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About O2 Academy Brixton
O2 Academy Brixton has long been hailed London’s flagship venue, a must-play for artists and must-visit for music lovers. The South London venue’s magnificent 1929 Art Deco interior has been lovingly preserved and it houses Europe’s largest fixed stage, framed by an elaborate proscenium arch, based on the design of the Rialto Bridge. With a capacity of almost 5,000, its sloping floor and incredible production capabilities give it an electrifying arena atmosphere with unbeatable views.
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