The NME Awards are an annual music awards show, founded by the music magazine NME (New Musical Express).
The first awards show was held in 1953, shortly after the founding of the magazine.
Awards by year
NME Premier Awards 2000
Host: Steve Lamacq
and Mary Anne Hobbs
Date: 1st February 2000.
Venue: London EC4 Mermaid Theatre.
- Best Single (readers' vote): Blur, for "Tender"
- Single of the Year (NME vote): Aphex Twin, for "Windowlicker"
- Best Album (readers' vote): The Flaming Lips, for The Soft Bulletin
- Album of the Year (NME vote): The Flaming Lips, for The Soft Bulletin
- Best Band: Blur
- Best Solo Artist - Beck
- Best New Artist: Muse
- Best Video: Blur, for "Coffee & TV"
- Best Live Act (readers' vote): Mogwai
- Best Live Act (NME vote): Super Furry Animals
- Best Dance Act: The Chemical Brothers
- On The Decks Awards For Dance Act of The Year: Death In Vegas
- Best TV Show: The Royle Family
- Best Radio Show: Steve Lamacq - Evening Session
- Best Musical Event: Glastonbury Festival
- Radio 1 Evening Session of the Year: Supergrass
- The Breezeblock Mix of the Year: Jon Carter
- Best DJ: Fatboy Slim
- Best Artist: Travis
- Best Performance at NME Premier Shows: Ooberman
- The Philip Hall "On" Award for Brightest Hope: Terris
- Best Band Ever: The Beatles
- Best Single Ever: Nirvana, for "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
- Worst Single Ever: Insane Clown Posse, for "Chicken Huntin"
- Best Album Ever: The Stone Roses, for The Stone Roses
- Dickhead Of The Year: Violent J, of Insane Clown Posse
- Godlike Services To Music: Shaun Ryder
- Worst Record Of The Year: Vengaboys, for We're Going to Ibiza
- Best Film: The Blair Witch Project
NME Awards 2001
Host: Peter Kay
NME Carling Awards 2002
Host: Zane Lowe
NME Carling Awards 2003
Host :Bill Bailey
NME Awards 2004
Host: Vernon Kay
Shockwaves NME Awards 2005
Host: Simon Pegg
and Nick Frost
Shockwaves NME Awards 2006
Host: Russell Brand
Shockwaves NME Awards 2007
Host: Lauren Laverne
Shockwaves NME Awards 2008
The award party took place in indigO2
next to the O2 Arena
on 28 February
Host: Mathew Horne & James Corden
Among rumours preceding the ceremony, Ray Davies of The Kinks was scheduled to appear alongside British band Babyshambles to perform "You Really Got Me", but this performance has since been cancelled.
At the ceremony, Klaxons kicked off proceedings, with other performers including Dizzee Rascal, Gallows who teamed up with Lethal Bizzle, The Cribs along with Johnny Marr, and Kate Nash who performed a song with Billy Bragg, Lightspeed Champion also performed his single "Galaxy of the Lost".
The ceremony was followed by the NME Big Gig at the adjacent O2 Arena, where The Cribs performed with Johnny Marr, followed by Klaxons, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, and Manic Street Preachers, who also performed with Tom Clarke of The Enemy and Cerys Matthews.
A 14-track CD album titled NME Awards 2008 was given away free with a special souvenir box set of the NME on February 27, 2008.
NME Awards USA
Host: Jim Jeffries
& Har Mar Superstar
The award party took place at the El Rey Theatre on April 23, 2008.
- Oasis: Became the first band in the modern era to win three awards.
- The Strokes: Became the second band in the modern era to win three awards (Best New Act, Best Album, and Band of the Year).
- Oasis: First band to win the newly introduced award for "Best DVD".
- Arctic Monkeys: First act to win both "Best New Band" and "Best British Band" in the same year. Became the third band in the modern era to win three awards (Best New Band, Best British Band, Best Track).
- Kaiser Chiefs: Nominated for a record-breaking six categories (Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Track, Best Video, Best Music DVD, and Best Album). Best Album was the only award won but lead singer Ricky Wilson won the "Best Dressed" award.
- Razorlight: Received a worst album nomination for their self-titled album, which NME themselves gave 8/10. This made it the highest rated album to receive a worst album nomination.
Whilst the awards were original intended to be an 'alternative' to the Brit awards, they have received criticism for becoming increasingly commercial. After the 2002 awards an article on telegraph.co.uk reported that the winners of the NME awards "were almost interchangeable" with the winners of the Brit awards and criticised then editor Ben Knowles for what they saw as a hypocritical attack on the commercial nature of the Brit Awards.
The 2008 award nominations were criticised in The Guardian for a lack of diversity and not including any female artists.
- New Musical Express, 4 March 2006