NME Awards 2020

For reasons that I don’t entirely remember, NME decided to take the year off from their awards ceremony in 2019, so returned on 12 February 2020, just weeks before the lockdown started in the UK. Due to other commitments, we didn’t manage to cover it here at the time, so here we are, a year late! The ceremony was held at the O2 Academy Brixton, a year ago last week.

Godlike Genius

Winner: Emily Eavis

Best British Album

Nominees:

  • FKA twigs – Magdalene
  • Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1
  • Little Simz – GREY Area
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  • Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain

Winner: Little Simz

Best Album in the World

Nominees:

  • Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • FKA twigs Magdalene
  • Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1
  • Lana del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
  • Little Simz – GREY Area
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  • Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
  • Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
  • Stella Donnelly – Beware of the Dogs
  • Tyler, the Creator – IGOR

Winner: Lana del Rey

Best British Song

Nominees:

  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
  • Georgia – About Work the Dancefloor
  • Mura Masa feat. Slowthai – Deal Wiv It
  • The 1975 – People

Winner: AJ Tracey

Best Song in the World

Nominees:

  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
  • Clairo – Bags
  • Dua Lipa – Don’t Start Now
  • Georgia – About Work the Dancefloor
  • Lil Nas X – Old Town Road (Remix)
  • Lizzo – Juice
  • Mura Masa feat. Slowthai – Deal Wiv It
  • Post Malone – Circles
  • The 1975 – People

Winner: Billie Eilish

Best British Solo Act

Nominees:

  • AJ Tracey
  • Charli XCX
  • FKA twigs
  • Slowthai
  • Yungblud

Winner: FKA twigs

Best Solo Act in the World

Nominees:

  • AJ Tracey
  • Beck
  • Billie Eilish
  • Charli XCX
  • FKA twigs
  • Lana del Rey
  • Lizzo
  • Slowthai
  • Taylor Swift
  • Yungblud

Winner: Taylor Swift

Best British Band: Supported by Pizza Express

Nominees:

  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • IDLES
  • Krept & Konan
  • The 1975
  • The Big Moon

Winner: The 1975

Best Band in the World

Nominees:

  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Brockhampton
  • BTS
  • HAIM
  • IDLES
  • Krept & Konan
  • Slipknot
  • Tame Impala
  • The 1975
  • The Big Moon

Winner: Slipknot

Best New British Act: Supported by Nordoff Robbins

Nominees:

  • Celeste
  • D-Block Europe
  • Easy Life
  • Jade Bird
  • Sam Fender

Winner: Easy Life

Best New Act in the World

Nominees:

  • Celeste
  • Clairo
  • D-Block Europe
  • DaBaby
  • Dominic Fike
  • Easy Life
  • Fontaines DC
  • Girl In Red
  • Jade Bird
  • Sam Fender

Winner: Clairo

Best Live Act: Supported by Copper Dog Whiskey

Nominees:

  • Amyl + The Sniffers
  • Foals
  • Iggy Pop
  • Lizzo
  • Slowthai

Winner: Foals

Best Collaboration

Nominees:

  • BTS + Halsey
  • Charli XCX + Christine and the Queens
  • Megan Thee Stallion + DaBaby
  • Slowthai + Mura Masa
  • Yungblud + Dan Reynolds

Winner: Slowthai + Mura Masa

Best Music Video

Nominees:

  • Brockhampton – I Been Born Again
  • Easy Life – Nice Guys
  • Normani – Motivation
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • Yungblud – Original Me

Winner: Yungblud

Best British Festival

Nominees:

  • All Points East
  • Glastonbury
  • Parklife
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Wireless

Winner: Glastonbury

Best Small Festival: Supported by Cano Water

Nominees:

  • Bluedot
  • End of the Road
  • Iceland Airwaves
  • Kendal Calling
  • Øya

Winner: End of the Road

Best Festival in the World

Nominees:

  • All Points East
  • Coachella
  • Fuji Rock
  • Glastonbury
  • Mad Cool
  • Parklife
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Rock In Rio
  • Sziget
  • Wireless

Winner: Glastonbury

Best Festival Headliner

Nominees:

  • Cardi B
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Stormzy
  • The 1975
  • The Cure

Winner: The Cure

Best Film

Nominees:

  • Blue Story
  • Hustlers
  • Joker
  • Midsommar
  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Winner: Blue Story

Best Film Actor

Nominees:

  • Florence Pugh
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Micheal Ward
  • Taron Egerton

Winner: Taron Egerton

Best TV Show: Supported by 19 Crimes

Nominees:

  • The End of the Fucking World
  • Fleabag
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Stranger Things
  • Top Boy

Winner: Peaky Blinders

Best TV Actor

Nominees:

  • Asa Butterfield
  • Jessica Barden
  • Jodie Comer
  • Kano
  • Zendaya

Winner: Jessica Barden

Best Music Film

Nominees:

  • Beyoncé – Homecoming
  • BTS – Bring the Soul
  • Liam Gallagher – As It Was
  • Michael Hutchence – Mystify
  • Rocketman

Winner: Liam Gallagher

Best Book

Billed as ‘Best Book’ by NME themselves, the name was corrected by some online to ‘Best Music Book’. Nominees:

  • Brett Anderson – Afternoons with the Blinds Drawn
  • Debbie Harry – Face It: A Memoir
  • Elton John – Me
  • Prince – The Beautiful Ones
  • Tegan & Sara – High School

Winner: Debbie Harry

Best Reissue

Nominees:

  • Aretha Franklin – Amazing Grace
  • Muse – Origin of Muse
  • Prince – 1999
  • R.E.M. – Monster 25
  • The Beatles – Abbey Road

Winner: Muse

Best Podcast: Supported by Dax

Nominees:

  • Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno
  • Sex Power Money
  • Stay Free: The Story of The Clash
  • The Missing Cryptoqueen

Winner: Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

Best Game

Nominees:

  • Death Stranding
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • The Outer Worlds

Winner: Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order

Songwriter of the Decade

Winner: Robyn

Band of the Decade

Winner: The 1975

Under the Radar Award

Winner: Beabadoobee

NME Icon

Winner: Courtney Love

Q Awards 2019

I’m still reeling from the news that Q Magazine is no longer with us, but it seems a fair assumption that the Q Awards probably won’t happen again any time soon. Tickets are still on sale for the event on 14th October 2020, at an eye-watering £999 per person, so let’s hope I’m wrong about that, but either way, I never got around to summarising last Autumn’s Q Awards ceremony, so let’s jump onto it now.

The 2019 event took place at N on N, and were presented by Nadine Shah.

Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Gerry Cinnamon
  • Easy Life
  • Sam Fender
  • Fontaines DC
  • Little Simz
  • Pale Waves
  • Rosalía
  • Self Esteem
  • Slowthai
  • AJ Tracey
  • Working Men’s Club

Winner: Pale Waves

Q Best Track Presented by Absolute Radio

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Billie Eilish – Bad Guy
  • FKA Twigs – Cellophane
  • JARV IS – Must I Evolve
  • Lizzo – Juice
  • Róisín Murphy – Incapable
  • The 1975 – People
  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • Vampire Weekend – Harmony Hall

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

Q Best Album

Nominees:

  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Lana Del Rey – Norman Fucking Rockwell
  • Billie Eilish – When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?
  • Fat White Family – Serfs Up
  • Foals – Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
  • Little Simz – Grey Area
  • The 1975 – A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships
  • Sleaford Mods – Eton Alive
  • Slowthai – Nothing Great About Britain
  • Sharon Van Etten – Remind Me Tomorrow

Winner: Foals

Q Best Live Performance Presented by The Cavern Club

Nominees:

  • The Courteeners – Heaton Park
  • Doves – TCT at Royal Albert Hall
  • Florence & The Machine – BST Hyde Park
  • Ariana Grande – The O2
  • Michael Kiwanuka – End of the Road
  • The 1975 – Reading Festival
  • Stormzy – Glastonbury
  • The Streets – Brixton Academy
  • The Strokes – All Points East
  • Neil Young & Bob Dylan – BST Hyde Park

Winner: Michael Kiwanuka

Q Best Solo Act

Nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Loyle Carner
  • Dave
  • Billie Eilish
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Aldous Harding
  • Kano
  • Stormzy
  • Kate Tempest
  • Florence Welch

Winner: Stormzy

Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School

Nominees:

  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Christine and the Queens
  • Biffy Clyro
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Billie Eilish
  • Florence And The Machine
  • Liam Gallagher
  • The 1975
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Stormzy

Winner: The 1975

Q Best Festival/Event

Nominees:

  • All Points East
  • British Summer Time
  • Glastonbury
  • Isle of Wight Festival
  • Latitude
  • Reading and Leeds Festival

Winner: All Points East

Q Innovation In Sound

Winner: Dizzie Rascal

Q Classic Album

Winner: Tricky, for Maxinquaye

Q Maverick Presented by The Roundhouse

Winner: Edwyn Collins

Fender Play Award

Winner: Anna Calvi

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music

Winner: Kano

Q Classic Songwriter

Winner: Kevin Rowland

Q Inspiration

Winner: Madness

Q Icon Presented by Raymond Weil

Winner: Christine and the Queens

Q Hero

Winner: Kim Gordon

Q Song Of The Decade

Winner: Lana Del Rey, for Video Games

Q Best Vocal Performance

Winner: Little Simz

BRIT Awards 2020

The 2020 BRIT Awards were hosted by Jack Whitehall, sadly without his dad in tow, and took place at the O2 Arena in London on Tuesday night (February 18th). Here are the winners of those new-fangled award categories.

British Album of the Year

Presented by Billie Eilish and Finneas. The nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  • Harry Styles – Fine Line
  • Stormzy – Heavy is the Head

Winner: Dave

Song of the Year

The award formerly known as Best British Single was presented by the rubbery Tom Jones. Nominated were:

  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Dave feat. Burna Boy – Location
  • Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Giant
  • Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
  • Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
  • Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing with a Stranger
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Tom Walker – Just You and I

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

British Male Solo Artist

Presented by the also-rubbery Ronnie Wood. The nominees:

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Stormzy
  • Harry Styles

Winner: Stormzy

British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ellie Goulding and Jorja Smith. The nominees were:

  • Charli XCX
  • FKA Twigs
  • Mabel
  • Mahalia
  • Freya Ridings

Winner: Mabel

British Group

Presented by an unnecessary large group consisting of Anne-Marie, Courtney Love, and Hailee Steinfeld. Nominees:

  • Bastille
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Coldplay
  • D-Block Europe
  • Foals

Winner: Foals

Best New Artist

The now-elderly Best British Newcomer and subsequently Best British Breakthrough Act award was presented by Clara Amfo and Niall Horan. Nominees:

  • Aitch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Sam Fender
  • Mabel

Winner: Lewis Capaldi

International Male Solo Artist

Improbably presented by Kiefer Sutherland and Paloma Faith, with the following nominees:

  • Burna Boy
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Post Malone
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Tyler, the Creator

Winner: Tyler, the Creator

International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Melanie C. Nominated were:

  • Camila Cabello
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lizzo

Winner: Billie Eilish

Rising Star Award

This one used to be the Critics’ Choice Award. Nominated were:

  • Beabadoobee
  • Celeste
  • Joy Crookes

Winner: Celeste

British Producer of the Year

Winner: Fred Again

So that’s it for another year!

BRIT Awards 2020 – Nominations

Well, someone has been meddling with the categories this year, but the BRIT Awards nominations are finally among us!

British Album of the Year

  • Lewis Capaldi – Divinely Uninspired to a Hellish Extent
  • Dave – Psychodrama
  • Michael Kiwanuka – Kiwanuka
  • Harry Styles – Fine Line
  • Stormzy – Heavy is the Head

Song of the Year

That’s the award formerly known as Best British Single.

  • Lewis Capaldi – Someone You Loved
  • Dave feat. Burna Boy – Location
  • Calvin Harris and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man – Giant
  • Mabel – Don’t Call Me Up
  • Mark Ronson feat. Miley Cyrus – Nothing Breaks Like a Heart
  • Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber – I Don’t Care
  • Sam Smith and Normani – Dancing with a Stranger
  • Stormzy – Vossi Bop
  • AJ Tracey – Ladbroke Grove
  • Tom Walker – Just You and I

British Male Solo Artist

  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Michael Kiwanuka
  • Stormzy
  • Harry Styles

British Female Solo Artist

  • Charli XCX
  • FKA Twigs
  • Mabel
  • Mahalia
  • Freya Ridings

British Group

  • Bastille
  • Bring Me the Horizon
  • Coldplay
  • D-Block Europe
  • Foals

Best New Artist

This one used to be called Best British Newcomer, and then became Best British Breakthrough Act.

  • Aitch
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • Dave
  • Sam Fender
  • Mabel

International Male Solo Artist

  • Burna Boy
  • Dermot Kennedy
  • Post Malone
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Tyler, the Creator

International Female Solo Artist

  • Camila Cabello
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Billie Eilish
  • Ariana Grande
  • Lizzo

Rising Star Award

This one used to be the Critics’ Choice Award. The new name makes sense, to some degree. The fact that they tell us who’s going to win ahead of time does not.

  • Beabadoobee
  • Celeste
  • Joy Crookes

Winner: Celeste, which I’m sure will upset Daphne. Ooh, stick you.