Florence Welch - Florence A Double Winner At Nme Awards As Adele Loses Out
Florence Welch and her Florence + The Machine bandmates have ended Adele's accolades haul with a double win at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday (29Feb12).
Welch and her band beat the multiple Grammy and Brit Awards winner to the Best Solo Artist and Best Track trophies at the O2 Brixton Academy ceremony, while nailing one of the night's highlight performances.
Other big winners at the 2012 prizegiving, which honours British indie rock, included Foo Fighters (Best International Band), The Horrors (Best Album for Skying) and Arctic Monkeys (Best Live Band).
Kasabian were named Best British Band and band member Tom Meighan kicked off his acceptance speech with a touching tribute to The Monkees singer Davy Jones, who suffered a heart attack and died early on Wednesday.
Taking the stage, he led the crowd in a rendition of Monkees theme tune Hey Hey! We're The Monkees and he later dedicated the band's trophy to the memory of the Daydream Believer singer, stating, "I want to dedicate it to Davy Jones from The Monkees who died today. He was 66 years old. My mother loved The Monkees."
Other winners included Hurts, Katy B and The Vaccines, while former The Smiths star Johnny Marr was on hand to recognise Noel Gallagher with the Godlike Genius award.
Presenting the honour, Marr said, "Noel makes (songwriting) look easier than it really is - the mark of a true genius."
Former Oasis rocker Gallagher closed the festivities by taking the stage to perform a medley of hits and dedicated his song If I Had A Gun to his wife, calling her "the coolest person in the room".
The main list of winners is as follows:
Best British Band - Kasabian
Best International Band - Foo Fighters
Best Solo Artist - Florence Welch
Best New Band - The Vaccines
Best Live Band - Arctic Monkeys
Best Album - Skying by The Horrors
Best Track - Shake It Out by Florence + The MAChine
Best Dancefloor Anthem - Broken Record by Katy B
Best Video - Sunday by Hurts
Best TV Show - Fresh Meat
Best Festival - Glastonbury
Best Re-Issue - Complete Re-issues by The Smiths'
Greatest Music Moment Of The Year - The Stone Roses reunite
Philip Hall Radar Award - Azaelia Banks
Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music - Pulp
Godlike Genius - Noel Gallagher
Villain of the Year - Justin Bieber
Worst Album of the Year - Under The Mistletoe by Justin Bieber