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By | Published on Thursday 27 February 2014

NME Awards 2014

So it’s official people, in case you were in any doubt whatsoever, we now know with absolute certainty that, however sinister you may find pop music’s Misogynist In Chief and rape apologist Robin Thicke, marmite-like wannabe revolutionist Russell Brand, bedroom taxer and NHS destroyer David Cameron, homophobe encourager and critic imprisoner Vladimir Putin, and even hammer licker Miley Cyrus, none of them are as villainous as Mr Harry Styles. Though the irony is, and ask anyone on the inside and they’ll confirm this for you, the real cunt in One Direction is Louis Tomlinson.

Anyway, it was the NME Awards last night, and the good news is that everyone got so drunk so quickly that no one noticed how odd it was to have an American city sponsoring a British indie music back-slapping bash. And while Master Styles winning the only slightly pointless Villain Of The Year prize was pretty predictable, Lily Allen beating Jake Bugg, Paul McCartney, Kanye West and David Bowie to the Best Solo Artist prize was possibly more surprising. But with Haim getting Best International Band and Godlike genius Debbie Harry winning the Godlike Genius prize, perhaps this was a rare and much needed celebration of the ladies of pop. Though of course way more men were given gongs overall, but that is almost certainly Harry Styles’ fault. Villain.

Anyway, here’s a list of winners. And if you want a quote from NME Editor Mike Williams, well, buy the NME. Or get a copy of the awards show press release. I’m bored of quotes from NME Editor Mike Williams.

Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys
Best International Band: Haim
Best Solo Artist: Lily Allen
Best New Band: Drenge
Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys

Best Album: Arctic Monkeys – AM
Best Track: Disclosure – White Noise
Best Music Video: Eagulls – Nerve Endings
Best Reissue: The Clash – Sound System

Best Festival: Glastonbury
Best Small Festival: Swn
Music Moment Of The Year: Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust

Best TV Show: Breaking Bad
Best Music Film: Made Of Stone
Best Book: Morrissey – Autobiography
Best Band Blog Or Twitter: Alana Haim
Best Fan Community: Arctic Monkeys

Hero Of The Year: Alex Turner
Villain Of The Year: Harry Styles
Worst Band: The 1975

Philip Hall Radar Award: Fat White Family
Songwriters’ Songwriter: Paul McCartney
Award For Innovation: Damon Albarn
Outstanding Contribution To Music Award: Belle & Sebastian
Godlike Genius: Blondie