Rolling Stones and Florence Welch dominate NME Awards

Feb 28, 2013

Veteran rockers and fresh talent share limelight but 1D and Harry Styles are given thumbs down

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IT WAS a tale of two generations at last night's NME Awards with top honours going to veteran rockers The Rolling Stones and the 26-year-old singer Florence Welch.

The British group led by 69-year-old Mick Jagger was voted best live band and its career retrospective documentary, Crossfire Hurricane, was voted best film. The live band award was recognition of last year's acclaimed 50th anniversary concerts that reunited the Stones with former members Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

Welch, the singer with Florence and the Machine, also took home two awards. She was voted best solo artist and picked up a second trophy when Calvin Harris's Sweet Nothing - a club hit featuring vocals by Welch – won best dance-floor anthem.

The rock trio Biffy Clyro won best British band and Las Vegas act The Killers were voted best international band. Johnny Marr, the former guitarist with The Smiths, who recently launched his first solo album, was given the NME's Godlike Genius award in recognition of his 30-year career.

Given To The Wild by The Maccabees, one of the albums nominated for last year's Mercury Prize, took the NME award for best album.

The youngest act to be recognised – albeit in a negative way – at last night's awards was the boy band One Direction. NME readers voted them worst band and anointed singer Harry Styles villain of the year.

The dishonourable mentions were in stark contrast to One Direction's success as the recent Brit Awards where they were given the global success prize.

English rock trio The Cribs had a more pleasant night, picking up the outstanding contribution award. Lead singer Ryan Jarman said: "It's a big deal for us after 10 years. The whole thing is kind of surreal."

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