And the award for worst band goes to... One Direction
Published 28/02/2013 | 08:12
One Direction were named worst band last night at the NME Awards, with Harry Styles was declared 'villain of the year'.
The teen heartthrobs were not there on the night to collect their latest award, as voted for by readers of NME. However Caroline Flack, the former girlfriend of Harry Styles, who beat British Prime Minister to the villain of the year accoldade, walked the red carpet with the likes of Laura Whitmore and Florence Welch.
The rock magazine which this week features 66-year-old David Bowie on the cover this week, has seen sales slump in recent years, but claims an online readership of over one million.
Rock veterans the Rolling Stones were double winners more than half a century after they first featured in the magazine's pages.
The group - who played a series of 50th anniversary concerts late last year - were named best live band, and their documentary Crossfire Hurricane landed the best film prize.
Another double winner at the annual bash was Florence Welch of Florence + The Machine who was named best solo artist and she provided the vocals to the track which was named best dancefloor anthem, Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris.
The event, staged at east London venue The Troxy, saw rock trio Biffy Clyro named best British band, while The Killers landed the best international band prize.
Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr took NME's "godlike genius" award for his 30 years of music-making which has seen him working with acts such as Modest Mouse, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads and The Pretenders. He took to the stage at the end of the night with Ronnie Woods for an an impromptu performance.
And The Cribs - for which Marr was briefly guitarist - took the prize for outstanding contribution to music.
Given To The Wild by Maccabees, which was among the nominees for last year's Mercury Prize, took the award for best album.