NME Awards – 2000-2003

The 2000s was, of course, the decade when nothing could be achieved without a heavy dose of corporate sponsorship, so the NME Awards flitted from Carling to Shockwave and the awards all gained individual sponsors. Let’s take a look at the first half of that decade.

NME Premier Awards 2000

Hosted at the Mermaid Theatre in London on 1 February 2000, by Steve Lamacq and Mary Anne Hobbs.

  • Philip Hall On Award: Terris
  • Live Act of the Year: Mogwai
  • Best Live Act: Super Furry Animals
  • On the Decks Award for Dance Act of the Year: Death in Vegas
  • Carling Premier Best New Artist: Muse
  • Breezeblack Mix of 1999: Junior Carter
  • Best Solo Artist: Beck
  • Best Album Ever: The Stone Roses, for The Stone Roses
  • Best Single Ever: Nirvana, for Smells Like Teen Spirit
  • Total Genius Of The Year: Ali G
  • Greatest Musical Event Ever: Woodstock
  • Best Radio Show: Radio 1 Evening Session
  • Carling Premier Best LP: The Flaming Lips, for The Soft Bulletin
  • NME Album of the Year: The Flaming Lips, for The Soft Bulletin
  • NME Single of the Year: Aphex Twin, for Windowlicker
  • Best TV Show: The Royle Family
  • Musical Event of the Year: Glastonbury
  • Best Venue: Brixton Academy
  • Dickhead of the Year: Robbie Williams
  • Best Website: NME
  • Worst Record Of The Year: The Vengaboys, for We’re Going to Ibiza
  • Best Film: The Blair Witch Project
  • Best DJ: Fatboy Slim
  • NME.COM Award for Best NME Premier Show Performance: Ooberman
  • Best Dance Act: The Chemical Brothers
  • Best Music Video: Blur, for Coffee and TV
  • Best Band: Blur
  • Best Single: Blur, for Tender
  • Best Band Ever: The Beatles
  • Godlike Genius Award for Services to Music: Shaun Ryder
  • Radio 1 Evening Session Session of the Year: Supergrass
  • Artist of the Year: Travis

NME Awards 2001

Hosted at Planit Arches, London, on 6 February 2001, by Peter Kay.

  • Best Band: Radiohead. Also nominated: ColdplayOasisPrimal ScreamU2
  • Best Dance Act: Fatboy Slim. Also nominated: Artful DodgerMobySoniqueUnderworld
  • Best Radio Show: Steve LamacqThe Evening Session. Also nominated: Mark Radcliffe and Lard (Mark Riley), Chris MoylesJohn PeelDreem Team
  • Best Metal Act: Marilyn Manson. Also nominated: At the Drive-InLimp BizkitQueens of the Stone AgeSlipknot
  • Best Club DJ: Carl Cox. Also nominated: Fatboy SlimDavid HolmesJudge JulesPaul Oakenfold
  • Radio 1 Evening Session of the Year: Coldplay
  • Best New Artist: Coldplay. Also nominated: At the Drive-InBadly Drawn BoyDovesJJ72
  • Best Single: Coldplay, for Yellow. Also nominated: Blur, for Music is My RadarEminem, for StanLimp Bizkit, for Take a Look AroundOasis, for Go Let it Out
  • NME Carling Awards Tour Award: Amen / JJ72 / Alfie
  • Best Rock Act: U2. Also nominated: OasisManic Street PreachersAC/DCThe Beatles
  • Hero of the Year: Liam Gallagher
  • Godlike Genius: U2
  • Best Hip Hop/Rap Act (presented by Run DMC): Eminem. Also nominated: Cypress HillDr. DreOutkastWu-Tang Clan
  • Villain of the Year: Robbie Williams
  • Philip Hall Award – Brightest Hope for 2001: Starsailor
  • Best Pop Act: All Saints. Also nominated: FiveMadonnaS Club 7Britney Spears
  • Best Club: Cream. Also nominated: Fabric, Gatecrasher, Home, Rock City
  • Best Album: Primal Scream, for XTRMNTR. Also nominated: Badly Drawn Boy, for The Hour of BewilderbeastColdplay, for ParachutesEminem, for The Marshall Mathers LPRadiohead, for Kid A
  • Best R&B/Soul Act: Kelis. Also nominated: Craig DavidDestiny’s ChildMacy GraySugababes
  • Best Solo Artist: Badly Drawn Boy
  • Best Film: Gladiator
  • Musical Event of the Year: Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds. Also nominated: Glastonbury, OasisRadiohead, T in the Park
  • NME.com Fans Award for Best Live Act: Moby
  • Best TV Programme: The League of Gentlemen. Also nominated: The Royle FamilyThe SimpsonsTrigger Happy TVThe Sopranos

NME Carling Awards 2002

Hosted at Planit Arches, London, on 25 February 2002, by Zane Lowe.

  • Best New Act: The Strokes. Also nominated: Gorillaz, Linkin Park, Starsailor, The White Stripes
  • Band of the Year: The Strokes. Also nominated: The CharlatansRadioheadU2The White Stripes
  • Album of the Year: The Strokes, for Is This It. Also nominated: The Charlatans, for WonderlandMuse, for Origins of SymmetryRadiohead, for AmnesiacSlipknot, for Iowa
  • Best Pop Act: Kylie Minogue. Also nominated: Britney SpearsMadonnaS Club 7Robbie Williams
  • Best Solo Artist: Ian Brown. Also nominated: Ryan AdamsPJ HarveyKylie MinogueAndrew WK
  • Best Music Video: Radiohead, for Pyramid Song. Also nominated: Basement Jaxx, for Where’s Your Head AtFatboy Slim, for Weapon of ChoiceGorillaz, for Clint EastwoodU2, for Elevation
  • Best Live Act: U2. Also nominated: Ash, Linkin Park, Muse, Radiohead
  • Outstanding Contribution to NME: The Charlatans
  • Best Radio 1 Session: The Charlatans
  • Best Heavy Metal Group: Lostprophets. Also nominated: Andrew WKLinkin ParkSlipknotSystem of a Down
  • Honorary NME Carling Tour Award: Lostprophets
  • Honorary NME Carling Tour Award: Andrew WK
  • Honorary NME Carling Tour Award: The Coral
  • Philip Hall On Award: The Coral
  • Best Radio Show: The Evening Session
  • Best Hip-Hop/Rap Act: Missy Elliott. Also nominated: Bubba SparxxEminemD12OutkastRoots Manuva
  • Best R&B/Soul Act: Aaliyah. Also nominated: Alicia KeysCraig DavidDestiny’s ChildSo Solid Crew
  • Best Dance Act: Basement Jaxx. Also nominated: The AvalanchesAphex TwinDaft PunkFatboy Slim
  • Best TV Show: The Office. Also nominated: JackassLater with Jools HollandThe SimpsonsThe Sopranos
  • Best Film: Moulin Rouge. Also nominated: American Pie 2Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneLord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the RingShrek
  • Godlike Genius Award: Nick Kent and Pennie Smith
  • Best Single: Ash, for Burn Baby Burn. Also nominated: Ian Brown, for FearDandy Warhols, for Bohemian Like YouGorillaz, for Clint EastwoodKylie Minogue, for Can’t Get You Out of My Head, and The Strokes, for Hard to Explain

NME Carling Awards 2003

Hosted at Hammersmith Palais, London, 13 February 2003, by Bill Bailey.

  • Best Album: Coldplay, for A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Album of the Year: Coldplay, for A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • NME Artist of the Year: Oasis. Also nominated: Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubColdplayEminemPinkThe Vines
  • Best UK Band: Oasis
  • Best New Band: The Libertines
  • Best Live Band: The Datsuns. Also nominated: The HivesMuseOasisThe Polyphonic SpreeThe Vines
  • Best Radio Show: Steve Lamacq (The Evening SessionLamacq Live). Also nominated: Chris MoylesMary Anne Hobbs (The Breezeblock), Gary CrowleyMark Radcliffe and Lard (Mark Riley), John Peel
  • Greatest Music Moment of the Year: Ozzfest. Also nominated: Oasis at Finsbury Park, Glastonbury Festival, Reading and Leeds Festivals, T in the Park, V2002
  • Best Single: The Vines, for Get Free. Also nominated: Foo Fighters, for All My LifeQueens of the Stone Age, for No One KnowsDoves, for There Goes the FearColdplay, for The ScientistAsh, for Envy
  • Single of the Year: Doves, for There Goes the Fear
  • Best International Band: The Hives
  • The Fuck Me! Award For Innovation: The Polyphonic Spree
  • Philip Hall Radar Award: Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Also nominated: JetThe KillsKings of LeonThe ThrillsThe Warlocks
  • Best International Band: The Hives. Also nominated: Black Rebel Motorcycle ClubFoo FightersThe VinesThe White Stripes
  • Best Video: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, for Whatever Happened To My Rock And Roll (Punk Song)
  • Best Solo Artist: Ryan Adams. Also nominated: EminemAvril LavigneMs. Dynamite, PinkThe Streets
  • Hero of the Year: Ozzy Osbourne. Also nominated: Graham CoxonLiam GallagherDave GrohlChris MartinCraig Nicholls
  • Hottest Woman: Avril Lavigne. Also nominated: Karen OCharlotte HatherleyChristina AguileraMegan Martha WhiteKylie Minogue
  • Hottest Man: Chris Martin. Also nominated: Liam GallagherFabrizio MorettiCraig NichollsDave GrohlJulian Casablancas
  • Best TV Show: The Osbournes. Also nominated: The OfficeJackassGonzoI’m Alan PartridgePhoenix Nights
  • Best Live Venue: London Astoria. Also nominated: Brixton Academy, Barrowland Ballroom, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Rock City, O2 Academy Birmingham
  • Best Haircut: Liam Gallagher. Also nominated: Didz HammondCraig NichollsDave GrohlFabrizio MorettiJack White
  • Best Dressed: The Hives
  • Best Website: NME. OasisFoo FightersBlack Rebel Motorcycle Club, Popbitch
  • Event of the Year: Reading and Leeds Festivals
  • Villain of the Year: Robbie Williams
  • Worst Album: Robbie Williams, for Escapology, Gareth Gates, for What My Heart Wants to SayThe Streets, for Original Pirate MaterialThe Vines, for Highly EvolvedWestlife, for UnbreakableColdplay, for A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • Worst Single: Robbie Williams – ‘Feel’
  • Worst Band: Nickelback. Also nominated: S Club JuniorsWestlifeStereophonicsAtomic KittenBlue
  • Worst Haircut: Jack Osbourne. Also nominated: Gareth GatesKelly OsbourneKelly JonesPinkChad Kroeger
  • Worst Dressed: Christina Aguilera

See also

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Ivor Novello Awards 2016

The 2016 Ivor Novello Awards occurred on Thursday 19th May at Grosvenor House, in London.

PRS for Music Most Performed Work

  • James Bay – Hold Back The River
  • Jess Glynne – Hold My Hand
  • Years & Years – King

Winner: James Bay

Best Television Soundtrack

  • Stuart Earl – And Then There Were None
  • Edmund Butt – From Darkness
  • Keefus Ciancia and David Holmes – London Spy

Winner: London Spy

The Ivors Classical Music Award

Winner: Oliver Knussen

International Achievement

Winner: Wayne Hector

Best Song Musically and Lyrically

  • Ed Sheeran and Rudimental – Bloodstream
  • Wolf Alice – Bros
  • Jamie Lawson – Wasn’t Expecting That

Winner: Jamie Lawson

The Ivors Inspiration Award

Winner: Happy Mondays

Album Award

Nominees:

  • Villagers – Darling Arithmetic
  • Jamie xx – In Colour
  • Gaz Coombes – Matador

Winner: Villagers

Songwriter of the Year

Winner: Adele

Best Original Film Score

  • Geoff Barrow and Ben Salisbury – Ex_Machina
  • John Powell – Pan
  • Faris Badwan and Rachel Zeffira – The Duke of Burgundy

Winner: Ex_Machina

Best Contemporary Song

  • Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper – All My Friends
  • Roots Manuva – Cargo
  • Skepta – Shutdown

Winner: Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance the Rapper

Outstanding Song Collection

Winner: Simple Minds

PRS for Music Outstanding Contribution to British Music

Winner: Portishead

Lifetime Achievement

Winner: Damon Albarn

PRS for Music Special International Award

Winner: Bryan Adams

More here and here.

Leftfield – Rhythm and Stealth

Somehow, it was a very long four years between Leftfield‘s groundbreaking debut Leftism (1995) and the follow-up Rhythm and Stealth, released fifteen years ago this week. Given how active they have been since, this might seem surprising, but their style is so unusual, so unique, that every year counts.

Rhythm and Stealth opens with an entertaining quote about how it isn’t freestyle, because style isn’t free (it’s expensive) and then launches into the brilliant Dusted, with Roots Manuva. This second album contains many more collaborations than the first, and that largely serves it well.

This is an album which spawned relatively few singles, but somehow nearly every track seems like one. Phat Planet, for example, was not a single, but must have been everywhere on advertising or television, because it’s immediately familiar. Or perhaps it’s just incredibly good – the enormous driving bass is pretty unforgettable.

In terms of sound, this second album is noticeably harsher and darker than its predecessor, but there are shared elements too, as Chant of a Poor Man illustrates before the vocal comes in. And all the way through, there’s somehow this enormity to the sound, which truly sounds amazing.

It does have its weaker moments though – after those first few tracks, Double Flash feels a little bit empty, and El Cid, while better, is still not as aurally fascinating as some of its neighbours. It’s left to lead single Africa Shox to lift things back from the level of “good” to “amazing”, with the quite astonishing vocal performance from Africa Bambaataa.

From hereon in, it’s largely plain sailing. Dub Gussett is less explosive, but still strong, and almost reminiscent of some of the tracks from the first album. This mixes into the final single Swords, which is also underplayed, but hides an exceptional song, and also an extremely good video, although that isn’t included here.

6/8 War is fun too – this is a relatively rare time signature in dance music, and makes for a really unusual sounding track too, but one that works really well. And finally, Rino’s Prayer is yet again absolutely enormous, despite also being one of the quietest pieces on the album. It’s a great closing track for a quite exceptional release.

Not counting the odd compilation or live album, Rhythm and Stealth was the second of two Leftfield albums, and while I would definitely have welcomed a third a few years down the line, it just feels too late now. It would be futile to even consider which is better out of this and Leftism, but they had an enormous impact on the dance music scene throughout the 1990s, and then went onto other projects. But both are absolutely essential purchases for anybody who claims to like anything electronic.

You can still find Rhythm and Stealth from all over the place. Harder to track down but worth the effort is the double CD including Stealth Remixes.

Mercury Music Prize 2001-2003

In an unprecedented move in 2001 Gorillaz decided to withdraw themselves from the running, before the awards finally took place just hours after the attacks of September 11th. Then the Mercury Music Prize celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2002.

Technics Mercury Music Prize 2001

Apparently Gorillaz felt the prize sounded “a bit heavy,” and would be akin to “carrying a dead albatross around your neck for eternity,” so asked to be removed from the running. This year’s ceremony took place on 11th September 2001.

Nominees:

  • Basement Jaxx – Rooty
  • Elbow – Asleep in the Back
  • Goldfrapp – Felt Mountain
  • Gorillaz – Gorillaz
  • Ed Harcourt – Here Be Monsters
  • PJ Harvey – Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea
  • Tom McRae – Tom McRae
  • Radiohead – Amnesiac
  • Susheela Raman – Salt Rain
  • Super Furry Animals – Rings Around the World
  • Turin Brakes – The Optimist LP
  • Zero 7 – Simple Things

Winner: PJ Harvey, who was unable to attend in person due to the being caught in Washington DC on the day of the September 11th terror attacks in the USA.

Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2002

Took place on 17th September 2002 at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Nominees:

  • Guy Barker – Soundtrack
  • The Bees – Sunshine Hit Me
  • David Bowie – Heathen
  • The Coral – The Coral
  • Doves – The Last Broadcast
  • The Electric Soft Parade – Holes in the Wall
  • Gemma Hayes – Night on My Side
  • Beverley Knight – Who I Am
  • Roots Manuva – Run Come Save Me
  • Joanna MacGregor – Play
  • Ms. Dynamite – A Little Deeper
  • The Streets – Original Pirate Material

Winner: Ms. Dynamite

Panasonic Mercury Music Prize 2003

Took place on 9th September 2003.

Nominees:

  • Athlete – Vehicles and Animals
  • Eliza Carthy – Anglicana
  • Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
  • The Darkness – Permission to Land
  • Dizzee Rascal – Boy in da Corner
  • Floetry – Floetic
  • Soweto Kinch – Conversations with the Unseen
  • Lemon Jelly – Lost Horizons
  • The Thrills – So Much for the City
  • Martina Topley-Bird – Quixotic
  • Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
  • Terri Walker – Untitled

Winner: Dizzee Rascal

Further information

The BRIT Awards 2003

With only a couple of weeks left until this year’s ceremony, I decided we should think about taking a trip back ten whole years to 2003. It was February 20th, the venue was Earls Court in London, and your host was Davina McCall. It was lively but alcohol-free. Largely free of cock-ups and controversy, the ceremony went something like this…

Watch the show introduction video here and Davina going on about innovations here.

Best British Breakthrough Act

Voted for by listeners of BBC Radio 1 and presented by Sara Cox. Nominees:

  • The Coral
  • Liberty X
  • Ms Dynamite
  • The Streets
  • Will Young

Winner: Will Young.

Best International Breakthrough Act

Presented by Mis-teeq. Nominees:

  • Avril Lavigne
  • Nickelback
  • Norah Jones
  • Shakira
  • The White Stripes

Winner: Norah Jones.

Best British Male Solo Artist

Breast British Male, apparently. Presented by David Walliams and Matt Lucas, in character as Charlotte Church and Eminem. Nominees:

  • Badly Drawn Boy
  • Craig David
  • David Gray
  • Robbie Williams
  • The Streets (Mike Skinner)

Winner: Robbie Williams.

Best International Male Solo Artist

Presented by Natalie Imbruglia. Nominees:

  • Beck
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Eminem
  • Moby
  • Nelly

Winner: Eminem.

Best Pop Act

Voted for by viewers of CD:UK and The Sun. Presented by Cat Deeley. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Enrique Iglesias
  • Gareth Gates
  • Pink
  • Will Young

Winner: Blue.

Best International Female Solo Artist

Presented by Ben Elton. Nominees:

  • Alicia Keys
  • Avril Lavigne
  • Missy Elliott
  • Norah Jones
  • Pink

Winner: Pink.

Best British Female Solo Artist

Presented by Vernon Kay. Nominees:

  • Alison Moyet
  • Beth Orton
  • Beverley Knight
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Sophie Ellis Bextor

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best British Urban Act

Voted for by viewers of MTV Base, and presented by Trevor Nelson. Nominees:

  • Beverley Knight
  • Big Brovaz
  • Craig David
  • Daniel Bedingfield
  • Mis-teeq
  • Ms Dynamite
  • Romeo
  • Roots Manuva
  • So Solid Crew
  • The Streets

Winner: Ms Dynamite.

Best International Group

Presented by Denise van Outen. Nominees:

  • Foo Fighters
  • Nickelback
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Röyksopp
  • The White Stripes

 

Winner: Red Hot Chili Peppers.

Best British Dance Act

Presented by Tess Daly. Nominees:

  • The Chemical Brothers
  • Groove Armada
  • Jamiroquai
  • Kosheen
  • Sugababes

A curious winner this time…

 

Winner: Sugababes.

Best British Single

Voted for by listeners of independent radio, and presented by Robin Gibb out of the Bee Gees. The nominees were the best selling five singles of 2002:

  • Atomic Kitten – The Tide Is High
  • Gareth Gates – Unchained Melody
  • Gareth Gates – Anyone of Us
  • Liberty X – Just a Little
  • Will Young – Anything is

Winner: Liberty X.

Best British Group

Presented by Jackie Chan and Owen Wilson. Nominees:

  • Blue
  • Coldplay
  • Doves
  • Oasis
  • Sugababes

Winner: Coldplay.

Best International Album

Presented by Rob Brydon. Nominees:

  • Eminem – The Eminem Show
  • Norah Jones – Come Away with Me
  • Alicia Keys – Songs in A Minor
  • Pink – Missundaztood
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers – By the Way

Winner: Eminem.

MasterCard British Album

Presented by Justin Timberlake. Nominees:

  • Coldplay – Rush of Blood to the Head
  • The Coral – The Coral
  • Ms Dynamite – A Little Deeper
  • The Streets – Original Pirate Material
  • Sugababes – Angels With Dirty Faces

Winner: Coldplay.

Outstanding Contribution

Winner: Tom Jones.

Performances

Further Reading / Viewing

Edit: removed the duplicated International Breakthrough Act category.

Edit: removed numerous videos that are no longer available (13 August 2017).