Grammy Awards 2019

Every year, the Grammy Awards land, with their multitude of absurdly specific categories, and every year, I struggle to pull together a post about some of the highlights. Here’s this year’s attempt!

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album

The winner was Willie Nelson, for My Way, but he beat Seal‘s Standards. Apparently “pop” means something different at the Grammy Awards to the rest of the world.

Best Dance Recording

Above and Beyond were nominated for Northern Soul, with Richard Bedford, but they lost to Silk City and Dua Lipa and Diplo and Mark Ronson, probably mainly just by virtue of the length of their artist credit.

Best Dance/Electronic Album

As the description says, “for vocal or instrumental albums. Albums only.” I wonder whether EPs count? Anyway, Justice won for Woman Worldwide, beating stiff competition from Jon Hopkins‘s Singularity and a few others that I’ve never heard of.

Totally Gaga

Finally, because I’m clearly short of things to comment on this year, it was interesting to see just how good a year Lady Gaga has had at the Grammy Awards, with nominations for Record of the Year, and Song of the Year, and wins for Best Pop Solo Performance (Joanne (Where Do You Think You’re Goin’)), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (Shallow, with Bradley Cooper), and Best Song Written for Visual Media (same).

So well done to all of them, anyway. Hopefully they’re excited.

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Chart for stowaways – 8 September 2018

We’re back up and running! Here are the albums:

  1. The Future Sound of London – My Kingdom (Re-Imagined)
  2. The Radiophonic Workshop – Burials in Several Earths
  3. Pet Shop Boys – Behaviour
  4. The Human League – Secrets
  5. Pet Shop Boys – Very
  6. Goldfrapp – Silver Eye
  7. Pet Shop Boys – Bilingual
  8. Tunng – Songs You Make At Night
  9. The Beloved – X
  10. Justice – Woman Worldwide

NME Awards – 2012-2014

By 2012, the NME Awards were positively contemporary. Let’s take a look at the awards through to 2014.

NME Awards 2012

Below is the full list of nominations for the event, which will be held at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 29.

  • Godlike Genius Award: Noel Gallagher
  • Outstanding Contribution to Music: Pulp
  • Best British Band: Kasabian. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors, Muse
  • Best International Band: Foo Fighters. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, JusticeOdd Future, The Strokes
  • Best Solo Artist: Florence + the Machine. Also nominated: Adele, Frank Turner, Laura Marling, Miles Kane, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
  • Best New Band: The Vaccines. Also nominated: Foster The People, Lana Del Rey, Tribes, Wu Lyf
  • Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Kasabian, Muse, Pulp, Two Door Cinema Club
  • Best Album: The Horrors, for Skying. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Suck It And SeeNoel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, for Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, PJ Harvey, for Let England Shake, The Vaccines, for What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?
  • Best Track: Florence + the Machine, for Shake It Out. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala, Bombay Bicycle Club, for Shuffle, Hurts, for Sunday, Lana Del Rey, for Video Games
  • Best Video: Hurts, for Sunday. Also nominated Arctic Monkeys, for Suck It And See, Beyoncé, for Countdown, Lana Del Rey, for Video Games, Tyler, The Creator, for Yonkers
  • Best Festival: Glastonbury. Also nominated: Bestival, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, V Festival
  • Best TV Show: Fresh Meat. Also nominated: Doctor Who, Misfits, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, This Is England ’88
  • Best Film: Submarine. Also nominated: Black Swan, Drive, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Inbetweeners Movie
  • Best Music Film: Foo Fighters, for Back and Forth. Also nominated: George Harrison, for Living In The Material World, Kings Of Leon, for Talihina Sky, The Libertines, for There Are No Innocent Bystanders, Upside Down – The Creation Records Story
  • Best Dancefloor Anthem: Katy B, for Broken Record. Also nominated: Azealia Banks, for 212, Foster The People, for Pumped Up Kicks, Justice, for Civilization, Metronomy, for The Bay
  • Hero of the Year: Matt Bellamy. Also nominated: Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Noel Fielding, Noel Gallagher
  • Villain of the Year: Justin Bieber. Also nominated: David Cameron, Lady Gaga, Liam Gallagher, Nick Clegg
  • Worst Album: Justin Bieber, for Under the Mistletoe. Also nominated: Coldplay, for Mylo Xyloto, Lady Gaga, for Born This Way, One Direction, for Up All Night, Viva Brother, for Famous First Words
  • Worst Band: One Direction. Also nominated: Beady Eye, Coldplay, Muse, Viva Brother
  • Hottest Male: Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars). Also nominated: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Dominic Howard (Muse), Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance), Matt Bellamy (Muse)
  • Hottest Female: Hayley Williams (Paramore). Also nominated: Amy Lee (Evanescence), Florence Welch (Florence + the Machine), Katy Perry, Marina Diamandis (Marina And The Diamonds)
  • Best Album Artwork: Friendly Fires, for Pala. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Suck It And See, Bombay Bicycle Club, for A Different Kind Of Fix, Björk, for Biophilia, Jay-Z and Kanye West, for Watch The Throne
  • Best Band Blog or Twitter: Lady Gaga, for @LadyGaga. Also nominated: Example, for @Example, Frank Turner, for Frank-Turner.com/blog, Kanye West, for @KanyeWest, Hurts, for @Theohurts
  • Most Dedicated Fans: Muse. Also nominated: 30 Seconds To Mars, Arctic Monkeys, Hurts, My Chemical Romance
  • Best Book: Noel Fielding, for The Scribblings of a Madcap Shambleton, Jared Leto, for Notes From The Outernet, Jarvis Cocker, for Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics, Malcolm X, for A Life Of Reinvention, Shaun Ryder, for Twisting My Melon
  • Best Small Festival: RockNess. Also nominated: Field Day, Hop Farm, Kendal Calling, Latitude
  • Best Reissue: The Smiths, for Complete Re-issues. Also nominated: Manic Street Preachers, for National Treasures, Nirvana, for Nevermind, Primal Scream, for Screamadelica, The Rolling Stones, for Some Girls
  • Greatest Music Moment of the Year: The Stone Roses reunite. Also nominated: Brian May joins My Chemical Romance onstage at Reading Festival, Kasabian see in 2012 with their epic London O2 Arena show, Noel Gallagher launches his solo career with press conference, Pulp steal the show at Glastonbury with secret set

NME Awards 2013

London’s Troxy on Wednesday, February 27, 2013:Host: Russell Kane

  • Godlike Genius Award: Johnny Marr
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: The Child of Lov
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music: The Cribs
  • Best British Band: Biffy Clyro. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, The Cribs
  • Best International Band: The Killers. Also nominated: Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Odd Future, Crystal Castles, Foo Fighters
  • Best Solo Artist: Florence + the Machine. Also nominated: Jake Bugg, Noel Gallagher, Miles Kane, Grimes, Paul Weller
  • Best New Band: Palma Violets. Also nominated: Alt-J, Peace, Django Django, Alabama Shakes, Haim
  • Best Live Band: The Rolling Stones. Also nominated: The Maccabees, The Cribs, Blur, Biffy Clyro, Foals
  • Best Album: The Maccabees, for Given to the Wild. Also nominated: Frank Ocean, for Channel Orange, Jake Bugg, for Jake Bugg, Alt-J, for An Awesome Wave, The Vaccines, for Come Of Age, Tame Impala, for Lonerism
  • Best Track: Foals, for Inhaler. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for R U Mine?, Haim, for Don’t Save Me, MIA, for Bad Girls, Palma Violets, for Best Of Friends, Tame Impala, for Elephant
  • Best Music Video: Arctic Monkeys, for R U Mine?. Also nominated: Grimes, for Oblivion, MIA, for Bad Girls, David Bowie, for Where Are We Now?, Haim, for Don’t Save Me, Tame Impala, for Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
  • Best Festival: Reading & Leeds. Also nominated: T In The Park, Bestival, Primavera, Latitude, Isle of Wight
  • Best TV Show: Fresh Meat. Also nominated: Breaking BadNoel Fielding’s Luxury ComedySherlockThe Thick Of ItDoctor Who
  • Best Film: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Also nominated: TediLL ManorsThe Dark Knight RisesSkyfallThe Perks Of Being A Wallflower
  • Best Music Film: The Rolling Stones, for Crossfire Hurricane. Also nominated: Searching For Sugar ManLCD Soundsystem, for Shut Up And Play The HitsHit So Hard: The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel Marley, Led Zeppelin, for Celebration Day
  • Dancefloor Anthem: Calvin Harris feat. Florence Welch, for Sweet Nothing. Also nominated: Mosca featuring Katy B, for What You Came For, Psy, for Gangnam Style, MIA, for Bad Girls, Kanye West and Jay-Z, for Paris, Solange, for Losing You
  • Hero of the Year: Barack Obama. Also nominated: David Bowie, Bradley Wiggins, Pussy Riot, Frank Ocean, Dave Grohl
  • Villain of the Year: Harry Styles. Also nominated: David Cameron, Skrillex, Psy, Fred Macpherson, Azealia Banks
  • Worst Band: One Direction. Also nominated: Muse, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran
  • Hottest Man: Matthew Bellamy
  • Hottest Woman: Amy Lee
  • Best Band Blog or Twitter: Alana Haim (Haim), for @babyhaim. Also nominated: Muse, for @muse, Fred Macpherson (Spector), for @fredmacpherson, Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts), for @theohurts, Wiley, for @EskiDance, MIA, for @MIAuniverse
  • Best Fan Community: Muse. Also nominated: Hurts, 30 Seconds To Mars, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, Enter Shikari
  • Best Book: Mike Skinner (The Streets), for The Story of the Streets. Also nominated: David Byrne, for How Music Works, Neil Young, for Waging Heavy Peace, Tim Burgess, for Telling Stories, The Rolling Stones, for 50, Peter Hook, for Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
  • Best Small Festival: Festival No. 6. Also nominated: Sŵn, The Great Escape, Field Day, End Of The Road, Constellations
  • Best Reissue: Blur, for 21. Also nominated: Manic Street Preachers, for Generation Terrorists, The Prodigy, for The Fat Of The Land, Interpol, for Turn On The Bright Lights, Smashing Pumpkins, for Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness, Ian Brown, for Collected
  • Music Moment of the Year: 2012 Summer Olympics opening ceremony. Also nominated: David Bowie‘s comeback, The Stone Roses comeback shows at Heaton Park, The Rolling Stones 50th anniversary show at London’s O2 Arena, Green Day‘s secret set at Reading Festival, Pussy Riot‘s punk prayer

NME Awards 2014

February 26 at London’s O2 Academy in Brixton. Host: Huw Stephens

  • Godlike Genius Award: Blondie
  • Songwriters’ Songwriter: Paul McCartney
  • Award For Innovation: Damon Albarn
  • Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution to Music Award: Belle and Sebastian
  • Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, Two Door Cinema Club
  • Best International Band: Haim. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend
  • Best Solo Artist: Lily Allen. Also nominated: Lorde, Jake Bugg, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, David Bowie
  • Best New Band: Drenge. Also nominated: Swim Deep, Chvrches, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett
  • Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Haim, Queens of the Stone Age, Savages
  • Best Album: Arctic Monkeys, for AM. Also nominated: Queens Of The Stone Age, for Like Clockwork, Peace, for In Love, Kanye West, for Yeezus, Savages, for Silence Yourself, Drenge, for Drenge
  • Best Track: Disclosure, for White Noise. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Do I Wanna Know?, Lily Allen, for Hard Out Here, Arcade Fire, for Reflektor, Primal Scream, for 2013, Daft Punk, for Get Lucky
  • Best Music Video: Eagulls, for Nerve Endings. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, Pharrell, for Happy, Arcade Fire, for Reflektor, Lily Allen, for Hard Out Here, Haim, for Falling
  • Best Festival: Glastonbury. Also nominated: Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, Latitude, Bestival, V
  • Best TV Show: Breaking Bad. Also nominated: Fresh Meat, Sherlock, Game Of Thrones, Misfits, Doctor Who
  • Best Music Film – The Stone Roses, for Made of Stone. Also nominated: Muscle ShoalsSound CityThe National, for Mistaken For StrangersGood VibrationsMuse
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Fat White Family
  • Best Reissue – The Clash, for Sound System. Also nominated: Nirvana, for In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition, The Beta Band, for The Regal Years: 1997-2004, The Breeders, for LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition), Bob Dylan, for Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), The Velvet Underground, for White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition
  • Best Band Blog Or Twitter – Alana Haim (Haim). Also nominated: Jehnny Beth (Savages), Albert Hammond Jr, James Blunt, Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts), Grimes
  • Best Book: Morrissey, for Autobiography. Also nominated: Alan McGee, for Creation Stories, Bob Stanley, for Yeah Yeah Yeah, Mark Lewisohn, for The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In, Beck, for Song Reader, Richard Hell, for I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp
  • Best Small Festival: Sŵn. Also nominated: RockNess, Y Not, Kendall Calling, Green Man, Festival Number 6
  • Best Fan Community: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Hurts, Haim, Muse, Peace, Morrissey
  • Music Moment of the Year: Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn come together for Teenage Cancer Trust. Also nominated: Pussy Riot are freed, Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury, Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury, Morrissey‘s autobiography is released, Kanye West brings Jesus impersonator on stage
  • Worst Band: The 1975. Also nominated: One Direction, The Wanted, Imagine Dragons, 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse
  • Hero of the Year: Alex Turner. Also nominated: David Bowie, Este Haim, Russell Brand, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed
  • Villain of the Year: Harry Styles. Also nominated: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Russell Brand

See also

NME Awards – 2007-2008

Just two years this time: 2007 and 2008, including the one-off US version of the awards from 2008.

Shockwaves NME Awards 2007

Host: Lauren Laverne

  • Godlike Genius Award: Primal Scream
  • Best British Band: Muse. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Babyshambles, Kasabian, Oasis
  • Best International Band: My Chemical Romance. Also nominated: CSS, The Killers, The Strokes, We Are Scientists
  • Best Solo Artist: Jamie T. Also nominated: Lily Allen, Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly, Jarvis Cocker, Thom Yorke
  • Best Live Band: Kasabian. Also nominated: Arctic MonkeysBabyshamblesMuse, My Chemical Romance
  • Best New Band: Klaxons. Also nominated: The FratellisThe HorrorsThe KooksThe View
  • Best Album: Arctic Monkeys, for Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not. Also nominated: Kasabian, for Empire, The Killers, for Sam’s Town, Muse, for Black Holes And Revelations, My Chemical Romance, for The Black Parade
  • Best Track: The View, for Wasted Little DJs. Also nominated: Dirty Pretty Things, for Bang Bang You’re DeadThe Killers, for When You Were YoungKlaxons, for Atlantis to InterzoneMuse, for Supermassive Black Hole
  • Best Video: The Killers, for Bones. Best Video: The Horrors, for Sheena Is A Parasite, Kasabian, for Empire, OK Go, for Here It Goes Again, Panic! At The Disco, for I Write Sins Not Tragedies
  • Best Music DVD: Arctic Monkeys, for Scummy Man. Also nominated: Dirty Pretty Things, for Puffing On A Coffin Nail, Foo Fighters, for Skin And Bones, Maximo Park, for Found On Film, My Chemical Romance, for Life On The Murder Scene
  • Best Live Event: Carling Weekend : Reading and Leeds Festivals. Also nominated: Download 2006, Oxegen, T In The Park, V2006
  • Best TV Show: The Mighty Boosh. Also nominated: Extras, Gonzo, Lost, Never Mind The Buzzcocks
  • Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1). Also nominated: Lauren Laverne (Xfm), Chris Moyles (Radio 1), Colin Murray (Radio 1), Jo Whiley (Radio 1)
  • Best Film: Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest. Also nominated: Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, Casino Royale, The Departed, Little Miss Sunshine
  • Sexiest Woman: Kate Moss. Also nominated: Lily AllenBeth Ditto, Kate Jackson, Karen O
  • Sexiest Man: Matt Bellamy (Muse). Also nominated: Carl Barât, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers, Gerard Way
  • Worst Album: Robbie Williams, for Rudebox. Also nominated: Lily Allen, for Alright, Still, The Feeling, for Twelve Stops And Home, My Chemical Romance, for The Black Parade, Razorlight, for Razorlight
  • Worst Band: Panic! At The Disco. Also nominated: The FeelingThe HorrorsThe Kooks, Razorlight
  • Best Dressed: Faris Rotter (The Horrors). Also nominated: Carl Barât, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Brandon Flowers
  • Worst Dressed: Jonathan Ross. Also nominated: Lily Allen, Johnny Borrell, Russell Brand, Pete Doherty, Faris Rotter
  • Hero of the Year: Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance). Also nominated: Carl BarâtPete Doherty, Faris Rotter, Alex Turner
  • Villain of the Year: George W. Bush. Also nominated: Tony Blair, Johnny Borrell, Pete Doherty, Gerard Way
  • Best Live Venue: Carling Brixton Academy.Best Venue. Also nominated: Glasgow Barrowlands, London KOKO, London Astoria, Manchester Apollo
  • Best Website (excluding NME.com): YouTube. Also nominated: DrownedinSound, Last.FM, MySpace, Pitchfork, YouTube
  • John Peel Award for Musical Innovation: Enter Shikari
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: The Twang

Shockwaves NME Awards 2008

The award party took place in indigO2 next to The O2 Arena on 28 February 2008.

Host: Matt Horne and James Corden

  • Godlike Genius Award: Manic Street Preachers
  • Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys. Also nominated: Babyshambles, The Cribs, Klaxons, Muse
  • Best International Band: The Killers. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, Foo Fighters, Kings of Leon, My Chemical Romance
  • Best Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Nominees: Jack Penate, Amy Winehouse, Jamie T, Patrick Wolf
  • Best Live Band: Muse. Nominees: The Cribs, Arctic Monkeys, Kaiser Chiefs, My Chemical Romance
  • Best New Band: The Enemy. Nominees: Foals, Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong, The Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats
  • Best Album: Klaxons, for Myths of the Near Future. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare, Babyshambles, for Shotter’s Nation, The Enemy, for We’ll Live And Die In These Towns, Radiohead, for In Rainbows
  • Best Track: Arctic Monkeys, for Fluorescent Adolescent.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, The Cribs, for Men’s Needs, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, The Wombats, for Let’s Dance To Joy Division
  • Best Dancefloor Filler: The Wombats, for Let’s Dance to Joy Division.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, Foals, for Hummer, Klaxons, for Atlantis To Interzone, Justice, for D.A.N.C.E.
  • Best Video: Arctic Monkeys, for Teddy Picker.Also nominated: Bloc Party, for Flux, Justice, for D.A.N.C.E., Klaxons, for Golden Skans, My Chemical Romance, for Teenagers
  • Best Music DVD: Nirvana, for MTV Unplugged in New York.Also nominated: Babyshambles, for Up The Shambles, Led Zeppelin, for The Song Remains The Same, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down, Amy Winehouse, for You Know I’m Trouble
  • Best Live Event: Carling Weekend: Reading and Leeds Festivals.Also nominated: Glastonbury, Muse at Wembley Stadium, T In The Park, V Festival
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Glasvegas
  • Best TV Show: The Mighty Boosh. Also nominated: Heroes, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The IT Crowd, Skins
  • Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe (BBC Radio 1). Also nominated: Russell Brand (Radio 2), Chris Moyles (Radio 1), Colin Murray (Radio 1), Jo Whiley (Radio 1).
  • Best Film: Control. Also nominated: Hot Fuzz, Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End, The Simpsons Movie, Superbad
  • Best Music Blog: The Modern Age. Also nominated: The Hype Machine, Nothing But Green Lights, Spinner, Stereogum
  • Best Band Blog: Radiohead. Also nominated: Foals, Lily Allen, Lightspeed Champion, The Streets
  • Best Album Artwork: The Good, The Bad & The Queen, for The Good, The Bad & The Queen. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare, The Killers, for Sawdust, Kings of LeonBecause Of The Times, Manic Street Preachers, for Send Away The Tigers
  • Sexiest Woman: Kylie Minogue. Also nominated: Jenny Lewis, Rihanna, Hayley Williams, Rachael Yamagata
  • Sexiest Man: Noel Fielding. Also nominated: Julian Barrett, Nicky Wire, Holwin’ Pelle Almqvist, Patrick Wolf
  • Worst Album: Britney Spears, for Blackout. Also nominated: James Blunt, for 1973, The Hoosiers, for The Trick To Life, Mika, for Life In Cartoon Motion, Leona Lewis, for Spirit
  • Worst Band: The Hoosiers. Also nominated: Panic! At The Disco, 30 Seconds To Mars, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy
  • Best Dressed: Noel Fielding. Also nominated: Pete Doherty, Kate Nash, Gerard Way, Alex Turner
  • Worst Dressed: Amy Winehouse. Also nominated: Johnny Borrell, Pete Doherty, Mika, Gerard Way
  • Hero of the Year: Pete Doherty. Also nominated: Noel Fielding, Thom Yorke, Ryan Jarman, Matt Bellamy
  • Villain of the Year: George W. Bush. Also nominated: Johnny Borrell, Tony Blair, Amy Winehouse, Gordon Brown
  • Best Live Venue: Wembley Stadium
  • Best Website (excluding NME.com): Facebook. Also nominated: Myspace. Bebo, Last.fm, YouTube
  • John Peel Award for Musical Innovation: Radiohead
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Glasvegas

NME Awards USA

NME took just one foray into the US, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, on 23 April 2008. Hosts were Jim Jeffries and Har Mar Superstar. The winners were:

  • Best American Alternative/Indie Band: The Killers. Also nominated: Foo FightersKings of LeonMy Chemical RomanceThe White Stripes
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Live Act: My Chemical Romance. Also nominated: Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kings of Leon, Queens of the Stone Age
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Solo Artist: Albert Hammond Jr. Also nominated: Andrew Bird, Beck, Cat Power, Ryan Adams
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Band: Vampire Weekend. Also nominated: Band of Horses, Black Kids, MGMT, Paramore
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Live Act: Vampire Weekend. Also nominated: Band of Horses, Black Kids, MGMTSantigold
  • Best American Alternative/Indie New Solo Artist: Mark Ronson. Also nominated: Cass McCombs, Sam Sparro, Santigold, Seasick Steve
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Album: Foo Fighters, for Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace. Also nominated: The Hold Steady, for Boys and Girls in America, The Killers, for Sawdust, Kings of Leon, for Because of the Times, The White Stripes, for Icky Thump
  • Best American Alternative/Indie Track: The Killers, for Tranquilize. Also nominated: Foo Fighters, for The Pretender, LCD Soundsystem, for All My Friends, My Chemical Romance, for Teenagers, The White Stripes, for Icky Thump
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Band: Arcade Fire. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Oasis, Radiohead
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Live Act: Arcade Fire. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Kaiser ChiefsMuse
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Also nominated: Amy Winehouse, Feist, Jamie T, M.I.A.
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Band: Klaxons. Also nominated: The Enemy, Foals, The Last Shadow Puppets, The Wombats
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Live Act: Klaxons. Also nominated: CSS, FoalsThe Pigeon Detectives, The Wombats
  • Best International Alternative/Indie New Solo Artist: Kate Nash. Also nominated: Dev Hynes, Duffy, Jack Peñate, Lily Allen
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Album: Arctic Monkeys, for Favourite Worst Nightmare. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, for Neon Bible, Babyshambles, for Shotter’s Nation, Klaxons, for Myths of the Near Future, Radiohead, for In Rainbows
  • Best International Alternative/Indie Track: Klaxons, for Golden Skans. Also nominated: Arcade Fire, for Intervention, Arctic Monkeys, for Teddy Picker, Bloc Party, for Flux, Kate Nash, for Foundations
  • Best Alternative/Indie Music Video: Justice, for D.A.N.C.E.. Also nominated: Arctic Monkeys, for Fluorescent Adolescent, Foo Fighters, for Long Road to RuinThe Killers, for Tranquilize, Oasis, for Lord Don’t Slow Me Down
  • Best Film: Juno. Also nominated: Control, No Country for Old Men, The Simpsons Movie, There Will Be Blood
  • Best Television: Heroes. Also nominated: Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, The Mighty Boosh, The Office
  • Best Alternative/Indie Breakthrough Artist: Santigold
  • Best Alternative/Indie Breakthrough Track: MGMT, for Time to Pretend
  • Classic Album: The Lemonheads, for It’s a Shame About Ray
  • Godlike Genius Award: Jane’s Addiction
  • Inspiration Award: Mick Jones

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The Stowaway Awards 2013 – Nominations

Awards season is upon us! To celebrate, here are the nominations for our own ceremony, the Stowaway Awards. You already know the results of the Best Track thanks to our countdown the other week, so we’ll just cover the exciting awards.

Best Album

Last year’s winner was Credo by The Human League. The nominees:

  • Air – Le Voyage dans la Lune
  • Apollo 440 – The Future’s What it Used to Be
  • Delerium – Music Box Opera
  • Hot Chip – In Our Heads
  • Metroland – Mind the Gap
  • Pet Shop Boys – Elysium
  • The Presets – Pacifica
  • Saint Etienne – Words and Music by Saint Etienne
  • Sébastien Tellier – My God is Blue
  • Soulsavers – The Light the Dead See

Best Remix

Last year’s winner was Personal Jesus (The Stargate Mix) by Depeche Mode. The nominees:

  • Gossip – Move in the Right Direction (CSS Remix)
  • Jean Michel Jarre – La Cage (Vitalic Rmx)
  • Ladyhawke – Blue Eyes (Ron Flieger Remix)
  • Tycho – Dive (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)
  • Van She – Jamaica (Mad Professor Dub)

Best Live Act

Last year’s winners were Sparks. The nominees:

  • Gotye
  • Justice
  • Keep Shelly in Athens
  • M83
  • Madness

Best Newcomer

Last year’s winner was Kavinsky. The nominees:

  • Bim
  • The Good Natured
  • Gotye
  • Metroland
  • Soulsavers

Best Artist

Last year’s winners were The Human League. The nominees:

  • Apollo 440
  • Hot Chip
  • I Monster
  • Metroland
  • Pet Shop Boys
  • The Presets
  • Saint Etienne
  • Sébastien Tellier
  • Shit Robot
  • Soulsavers

The full and exciting ceremony will take place in mid-February. Next week, we’ll start looking in detail at what’s been going on at the Brit Awards.

Introducing Movement Ten

We’ve sadly reached the last of our first batch of unsigned artists. The last of our artists for now is Movement Ten. A duo consisting of Shadowless Man and Sweet Chap (or, if you prefer, Tristan and Mike), they’re a matter of weeks into having released their debut eponymous album. Completely self-recorded, self-engineered and self-produced, it also comes with this rather wonderful sleeve artwork:

They describe their music as blending different cityscapes – Düsseldorf, London, Brighton, and Detroit – and they quote influences as varied as Conny PlankSebastiAnJustice and Roni Size. As usual I asked them to pick a mini-demo of three tracks to share with you lot, and all three are from the album Movement Ten. First up is Gravity:

This was the first single, and with its slightly rock-tinged electronic sound I’m somewhat reminded of Dirty Vegas or Alpinestars, both of whom are favourites of mine.

Their second choice was Monochrome:

This gentle piece of almost-drum-and-bass is also unusual with its acoustic lead line. It stands alone slightly on the album, but as a taster for the kind of variety these guys can achieve it’s great.

Their final choice was BWK:

With one of the biggest kick drums on the planet and excellent vocals, it’s got a bit of a disco vibe going on, and is really rather good.

Movement Ten were actually kind enough to send their whole album over, and so I can assure you that the trend of great vocals and lively backing continues. I can also heartily recommend Machine Girl and One Hundred Percent as well as the samples above.

As always I compiled some daft and entirely unprofessional questions for them to tackle:

What’s your favourite synth, and why?

Something big, looming and modular by Buchla or Moog. I like synths that have a life of their own, that fight back and won’t be controlled. As well as that, if they don’t fill up most of the room, then what’s the point?

Unfortunately I haven’t had the opportunity to use either of the two I mentioned, so something a bit more compact, the TB-303, is probably my favourite that I have “played”. Such an iconic sound, and it always has to be centre of attention. You normally end up tuning all the other instruments to it, rather than vice-versa! Not many synths can claim to be responsible for a whole genre of music.

Also, it’s not a synth as such, but Hypercyclic by Mucoder definitely has a life of its own. You feed it MIDI and it takes over; it fires back sounds that you wouldn’t be expecting.

If I forced you to do an exclusive cover version, what would it be?

We are looking to work a cover into our live set at the moment actually. The track I am considering is Icon by Siouxsie and the Banshees. I am not sure if we will be able to do it justice, but it will be interesting to see what happens. I think you learn a lot about yourself by covering other people’s work. I have worked on sample recreation projects in the past as well, where you have to accurately copy the sound of a recording. Again this is a fantastic way to learn. If you can deconstruct and reassemble what has been done before, it can only make you better at what you do.

Rearrange the following into the correct order: The Beatles, Justin Bieber, Mozart, Kraftwerk.

They all have their place of course, and every musical project requires tenacity and toil to be completed. This is the case whether the main objective is record sales or sonic experimentation.

My collection only really covers the age of recorded music, so I am not very familiar with classical music, even someone as influential as Mozart. It is interesting how there is no definitive recorded version of Mozart’s works, it makes you think about how recording anchors a piece of music to a particular point in time. You can go and buy Sgt. Peppers, Autobahn or Believe (that’s a Justin Bieber album, I had to Google it!), and the recording will be the same, you can’t do that with Mozart. There would be hundreds of versions of his works by different orchestras, producers and labels. I wouldn’t know where to start.

There is an element of this too with recorded music, with re-mastering and different formats. Which is the definitive version of Autobahn now? The vinyl, the CD, or the re-mastered version that is part of The Catalogue? The re-masters were done by Ralf Hütter, so they are still a proper Kraftwerk product along with the other versions.

Kraftwerk and Beatles are where my interest would lie on this list though, but maybe Justin Bieber just needs the right producer?

Of course, the definitive versions of Kraftwerk‘s albums are the ones that are part of Der Katalog, but we’ll discuss this another time. And definitely some food for thought at the end there!

But that’s it for now – we’ll pick this up again in the New Year. Thanks to everyone who took part, and my apologies to those who didn’t quite make the grade. Thanks again to Movement Ten for getting in touch and for sending such great responses over. You can visit their official website here.