Last night’s NME Awards in London, hosted by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, finished up with Muse beating the likes of Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Oasis to the Best British Band award. Kasabian snatched the Best Album prize (from Arctic Monkeys, Muse, The Cribs and The Horrors) for “West Ryder Lunatic Pauper Asylum” (preview tracks on Amazon player below – buy the album in mp3 for under a fiver. There’s also a guitar tab book for West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum available for those who want to learn to play guitar like Kasabian). Paul Weller (the Jam, Style Council) was awarded the Godlike Genius and godfathers of ska The Specials received the Outstanding Contribution To Music award. Best International Band was awarded to Paramore (nominated along with Kings of Leon, Green Day, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend).
Finally… where were Oasis? I know they split up (maybe – who knows?). Liam and Noel Gallagher weren’t attending (despite their three nominations) but Oasis guitarist Gem Archer joined Paul Weller onstage, playing Weller’s new single “7+3 Is The Striker’s Name”. Perhaps the Gallaghers had some intel that once deadly rivals Blur were going to receive the Best Live Event award for their Hyde Park reunion gig – a bitter pill to swallow?
For a full list of winners and nominees visit the Shockwaves NME Music Awards page here.