Muse and Kasabian big winners at NME awards

Muse and Kasabian were the kings of the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight, while Oasis failed to pick up a single gong despite receiving three nominations.

Riding high after their Brits success last week, Kasabian scooped best album and best album artwork for ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’.

Muse also picked up two awards, beating Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro and Kasabian to be named best British band as well as receiving the best website prize.

Arctic Monkeys, who had received the most nominations with six nods, were named best live band following their sell-out tour last year.

Despite Oasis imploding when Noel Gallagher walked out last summer, the band were in the running for a hat-trick of awards, also including best video and best live event, but they were left empty-handed.

Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher made a surly appearance when picking up an award for the best Brits album of the past 30 years, and was branded a “knobhead” last week by host Peter Kay.

Oasis were beaten by their former Britpop rivals Blur in the live event category.

Blur won the award for their much-lauded reunion show at Hyde Park last summer.

Outlandish singer Lady Gaga, another Brits winner, received more awards tonight - winning both the best dressed and the worst dressed prizes.

NME editor Krissi Murison said 3.6 million votes were cast this year “proving that music fans are as passionate as ever”.

She described Muse and Kasabian as “rock royalty”.

La Roux bagged the act’s first NME award – best dancefloor filler – for ‘In For The Kill’.

Lily Allen became the inaugural winner of the giving it back award after staging treasure hunts for lucky fans to find free tickets to her world tour.

American rockers Paramore won best international band at the glitzy event at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, which was hosted by singer Jarvis Cocker.

Bombay Bicycle Club were named best new band and Glastonbury received the best festival gong.

The Specials collected the outstanding contribution award before performing ‘Too Much Too Young’ and ‘Gangsters’.

“Modfather” Paul Weller closed the show after receiving the godlike genius award, presented to him by Bobby Gillespie and Mick Jones.

Weller performed songs from across his musical career, joined on stage by former Oasis guitarist Gem Archer.

Rage Against The Machine, who kept X-Factor winner Joe McElderry off the Christmas number one spot, were hailed heroes of the year, while Kanye West was named villain of the year.

The Jonas brothers received a double whammy by being named worst band and having the worst album, according to voters.


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