NME Awards 2020 nominations revealed
GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL’S EMILY EAVIS ANNOUNCED AS WINNER OF GODLIKE GENIUS AWARD
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The NME Awards return next month to celebrate the last 12 months of artists, records and performances at O2 Academy Brixton for the most raucous night in music. Today NME announce the nominations for this year’s awards, with Slowthai, The 1975, Yungblud, Billie Eilish, AJ Tracey, FKA twigs, Lizzo, Charli XCX, Stormzy and Lana Del Rey amongst those leading nominations with multiple nods each.
The first award winner to be announced is Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis, who will be presented with NME’s coveted Godlike Genius award, following in the footsteps of the likes of Blondie, U2, Coldplay and the Pet Shop Boys. NME are thrilled to honour Emily for her outstanding contribution to the festival in its 50th year, after having the baton passed to her by her father, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, who himself was named Godlike Genius in 1996. When Emily picks up the award on the night she will be the first non-performer to do so in almost 20 years.
Last week NME revealed six new Australia-exclusive categories at this year’s awards to coincide with the launch of NME Australia in December. With nominations led by Amyl And The Sniffers, Stella Donnelly and Mallrat, the winners of the Australian categories are announced today - see NME Australia for the full list of Australian winners.
NME are excited to announce that multiple award nominees The 1975 will close the NME Awards 2020 with an exclusive five song set. The Manchester band join already-announced performers Yungblud and Beabadoobee in playing at the ceremony. The 1975 will bring their festival-headlining, arena performance to close the night at O2 Academy Brixton with an incendiary five-song set. This will be an exclusive chance to see the band in an intimate space; they last performed at O2 Academy Brixton for a five night residency in 2016. The 1975 released their Mercury Prize nominated third album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships in 2018, with their anticipated fourth album Notes On A Conditional Form due for release in April 2020.
“After our year off in 2019, we couldn't be more excited about the return of the mighty NME Awards – and we know that our audience, our favourite artists and their associated hangers-on are just as hyped up as we are. Back at O2 Academy Brixton, this year’s event is a special one for many reasons, marking the end of a brilliant decade for music and the start of a new one that's bursting with possibilities. Since the last time we handed out our infamous, finger-flickin' trophies, we've seen superstars born and legends cemented. Our nominations show that the music scene is not only in the rudest possible health, it's also packed with young personalities who are reshaping the music industry in their image. We're especially humbled to be able to honour Glastonbury Festival's Emily Eavis with our Godlike Genius Award. She is, after all, the only person in Britain who throws a better party than we do,” say the NME team.
NME are also pleased to announce that Nordoff Robbins, the UK’s largest independent musical therapy charity will be the awards’ official charity partner, chosen for their excellent work with underserved members of the community through musical engagement. Nordoff Robbins’ music therapists are expertly trained to tune into each movement, reaction and expression of the individuals they work with to discover how music can enrich their lives. This could be to unlock memories, to communicate where words have failed, to socially connect with family and friends, and to build confidence and self-esteem. Nordoff Robbins will be present at the awards, providing a taste of the work they do as well as raising money on the night.
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January 20, 2020 12:20pm ET by Pressparty