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NME Awards: magazine's annual award show hails the best and pokes fun at the worst
Founded by the music magazine of the same name in 1953, the NME Awards has been handing out gongs to the best (and worst) the industry has to offer at its jovial annual celebration for over 65 years. Musical legends such as Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Morrissey have been awarded titles such as "World's Outstanding Musical Personality", "Top British Group" and "Best Haircut" respectively, while the likes of George W. Bush (four-time "Villain of the Year") and Margaret Thatcher (a 10-time NME Award winner) have been constantly derided at the humour-filled event. The trophies given to the winners (at least those who accept them) resemble an extended middle finger.
2018's event, which took place at the O2 Academy Brixton, featured performances from Alt-J, Stefflon Don & Skepta, Pale Waves, and Liam Gallagher – with the Oasis frontman headlining the show’s grand finale following his collection of the much-coveted "Godlike Genius Award". With such a diverse range of acts and plenty of gentle (and not so gentle) mockery on show, be sure to grab your NME Awards tickets at StubHub and witness the event live.
NME Awards history: Who will be "Villain of the Year"?
Beginning life as the NME Poll Winners Concert shortly after the magazine's launch in 1952, early winners included jazz men Ronnie Scott and Johnny Dankworth Seven. By 1960, more recognisable names such as Elvis Presley (who won a joint-record 26 NME awards with John Peel), Cliff Richard and Shirley Bassey were among the winners, with the awards keeping the same format until 1972, when concerts began to be filmed and broadcast on ITV.
In 1994, the awards were briefly renamed the NME Brat Awards, with the title intended as a parody of the Brit Awards. Oasis become the first band in the modern era to win three awards in 1995, before topping that with four the following year. In 1999, the Manic Street Preachers also won four awards. The Libertines and Arctic Monkeys dominated the mid-2000s, before Oasis were nominated for a then-record seven awards in 2009 (topped only by Kasabian in 2015).
Who will be crownded "Godlike Genius" and who will be voted "Villain of the Year"? Grab NME Awards tickets at StubHub and find out live.
More live music tickets for NME Awards fans
After buying NME Festival tickets at StubHub UK, why not look into seeing some of the award-winners perform live? Arctic Monkeys are joint-fourth on the NME Awards all-time leaderboard, while Stefflon Don always puts on a great show.
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