Date: February 27, 2013
Venue: London's Troxy
The annual NME Awards were founded by the New Musical Express music magazine, hence the acronym “NME”. The first round of awards was held in 1953. The magazine has an identity of its own and the NME Awards are basically an offshoot but have become a regular annual feature.
The approach to these awards is rather unique and they are given in a rather jovial and humorous fashion although behind this façade is a dead serious intent. The credit to the awardees is actually quite real. The categories include the “Villain of the Year” and the “Worst Record”. The actual award is made in the shape of a middle finger extended in a profane manner.
The awards started off with the “NME Poll Winners Concert” which was followed by the actual awards ceremony. This was the modus operandi from 1952 and continued up till 1972, Bands like The Rolling Stones and The Beatles were popularly featured. Renowned venues like the Empire Pool and the Royal Albert Hall were used.
Over the years, these awards have served as a reflection of the changing face of music from one era to the next. The NME Awards went into a recession in the eighties but was however revived in the nineties with the NME Brat Awards which marked the beginning of the “Britpop” era. During this period, the British rock band Oasis won three awards including one for their iconic track Wonderwall which is popular even today.
The 2000s ushered in an era of what came to be known as the “Garage Rock Revival” which was marked by The Strokes who won three awards.
Here are the details of a few recipients of the NME Awards over the years: