Full list of VO5 NME Awards 2018 led by female winners

LET’S HEAR IT FOR THE GIRLS – VO5 NME AWARDS LED BY FEMALE WINNERS AS NME ICON SHIRLEY MANSON, ARIANA GRANDE, HAIM, CHARLI XCX, LORDE, STEFFLON DON, PALE WAVES, LADY GAGA AND THE BIG MOON WIN BIG AT LONDON’S MOST ROCK’N’ROLL CEREMONY OF THE YEAR

LIAM GALLAGHER CROWNED GODLIKE GENIUS BY KING OF GRIME SKEPTA BEFORE CLOSING THE CEREMONY WITH AN UNFORGETTABLE PERFORMANCE OF CAREER-SPANNING HITS

NAOMI CAMPBELL PRESENTS J HUS WITH BEST ALBUM AWARD SUPPORTED BY ORANGE AMPLIFICATION

ARIANA GRANDE AWARDED HERO OF THE YEAR AND MUSIC MOMENT OF THE YEAR FOR ‘ONE LOVEMANCHESTER’, WHILE GOOD MORNING BRITAIN’S PIERS MORGAN IS AWARDED VILLAIN OF THE YEAR, BEATING OFF STIFF COMPETITION FROM DONALD TRUMP AND KIM JONG-UN

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London, 14th February 2018 – Tonight, the winners of this year’s VO5 NME Awards were revealed at a star-studded ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. NME readers voted in their thousands to champion their favourite artists, music moments and more with a host of female artists coming out on top for categories as varied as: NME Icon (Shirley Manson), Best Track supported by Estrella Galicia (Charli XCX), Best International Band supported by 19 Crimes (Haim), Best International Solo Artist supported by VO5 (Lorde), Best New Artist supported by VANS (Stefflon Don),Best Music Video supported by Princess Yachts (The Big Moon), Best Music Film (Lady Gaga) and the Under The Radar Award supported by HMV (Pale Waves). 

Other big winners on the night include Mercury-Prize winning band Alt-J, who took to the stage with an incredible performance of their latest single ‘In Cold Blood’ before taking home the highly-coveted accolade of ‘Best British Band’ supported by Zig-Zag.

This year’s Godlike Genius, Liam Gallagher was presented the legendary award by Skepta before closing the evening with an epic performance, including ‘What’s the Story? (Morning Glory)’ ‘Rock n’ Roll Star’, ‘Wall of Glass’, ‘Greedy Soul’ and ‘Cigarettes and Alcohol’.

Other performances in the ceremony included Stefflon Don and Skepta, who wowed the audience with an unforgettable, stage-stomping performance of their single ‘Ding-A-Ling’. Skepta later took the stage once more to accept the rare NME Innovation Award on behalf of his label and creative collective, Boy Better Know

The prestigious ‘Best Album’ supported by Orange Amplification was presented by international supermodel Naomi Campbell and went to J Hus and his critically-acclaimed 2017 debut ‘Common Sense’. 

As always the VO5 NME Awards celebrated and recognised some of the most memorable music moments of the past year, with this year’s ceremony including an emotive tribute to the late Mark E Smith, led by Brix Smith Start. Hero Award winner Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester concert was recognised as Music Moment of the Year, after raising more than £10 million in donations for the British Red Cross after the tragic bombing after her concert at Manchester Arena. Although Ariana and her team could not attend the ceremony to accept the award, they passed on the following message: “I really appreciate everyone who has voted tonight, but I’d like to dedicate this award to the real heroes – the people of Manchester, the brave young men and women who stand together”.

Famed for their hugely ambitious live productions which redefined the festival experience, Muse collected the award for ‘Best Festival Headliner’ supported by Anna Valley, presented to them by Faris Badwan from The Horrors.

Speaking of this year’s VO5 NME Awards ceremony, Mike Williams said: “Blimey, what a night. Liam Gallagher proved he’s the ultimate Godlike Genius and inspired some amazing rock’n’roll moments in the room, Shirley Manson and Boy Better Know got the recognition their amazing achievements deserve, and the list of winners was like a who’s who of the most relevant and exciting artists in the world today. After such a huge year for NME where once again our audience is bigger than it’s ever been in our history, it’s great to give everyone such a brilliant night to remember (hangovers notwithstanding…)”

Charity partner for this year’s VO5 NME Awards 2018 is Youth Music, a national charity investing in music-making project for children and young people experiencing challenging circumstances. Guests at tonight’s ceremony were encouraged to donate to the charity – giving Youth Music the ability to continue helping young people succeed in music. For more information please visit https://www.youthmusic.org.uk/

The full list of VO5 NME Award winners is as follows: 

Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag
Alt-J

Best British Solo Artist supported by VO5 
Loyle Carner
 
Best New Artist supported by Vans
Stefflon Don
 
Best Live Artist supported by Nikon
Kasabian
 
Best Track supported by Estrella Galicia
Charli XCX – ‘Boys’
 
Best International Band supported by 19 Crimes Winery
Haim
 
Best Mixtape supported by BULLDOG Gin
Avelino – ‘No Bullshit’
 
Best Album supported by Orange Amplification
J Hus – ‘Common Sense’
 
Best Collaboration supported by VO5
Craig David & Bastille – ‘I Know You’
 
Best Festival supported by ID&C
Glastonbury
 
Best Film supported by Zig-Zag
Baby Driver
 
Best Music Video supported by Princess Yachts
The Big Moon – ‘Sucker’
 
Under The Radar Award supported by HMV
Pale Waves
 
Best Festival Headliner supported by Anna Valley
Muse
 
Best International Solo Artist
Lorde
 
NME Icon
Shirley Manson
 
NME Innovation Award
Boy Better Know
 
Godlike Genius
Liam Gallagher
  
Best Book
Wiley – ‘Eskiboy’
 
Best TV Show
‘Stranger Things 2’
 
Best Reissue
Radiohead, ‘OKNOTOK’
 
Best Small Festival
Festival Number 6
 
Music Moment of the Year
One Love Manchester
 
Best Music Film
‘Gaga: Five Foot Two’
 
Hero of the Year
Ariana Grande
 
Villain of the Year
Piers Morgan

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NOTES TO EDITORS: 

About NME:
NME is one of the UK’s most famous and influential youth brands, turning young people on to the music and culture that will change their lives since 1952. 

Initially a weekly newspaper, NME now reaches 10 million people via the website, and another 150 million via social and offsite distribution, video channels, live events and the free weekly magazine.

NME is celebrated for talking about music and being experts in the field, but that’s only on part of the story. Whether it’s film, TV, food, politics, career development, social issues or Pokemon, if the NME audience is into it, NME is all over it.

From #lifehacks to Eats & Beats to the world-renowned NME Awards, NME has a growing portfolio of channels, events and franchises that help us deliver timely and relevant content to the NME audience and connect commercial partners with this switched on and savvy generation.

About the NME Awards:
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), Coldplay (’16) and Pet Shop Boys (’17).

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