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NME Awards

The biggest artists in the world, the best new music and the most rock’n’roll night of the year.


The NME Awards is a collection of annual live events beginning with a series of shows across London showcasing up and coming global talent, a nationwide tour and a ceremony attended by the biggest artists in the world. The NME awards are decided by the readers with votes cast online at NME.com. The awards are supported by a wealth of exclusive mag and online content including video highlights of performances, world exclusive interviews, photo galleries and blogs.

THE NME AWARDS SAW A PHENOMENAL LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT. NME’S TWITTER HANDLE GOT OVER 6,700 RETWEETS AND OVER 6,000 TWEETS FAVORITED

The Facts

  • 2014 saw 24 NME Awards Shows played around London and The NME Awards tour saw the live comeback of New Yorkers Interpol. Circa Waves took the coveted opening slot, previously occupied by Coldplay, Florence and the Machine and The Vaccines.
  • The 2014 Awards attracted over 20 sponsors including Windows Phone, Mossimo, Monster, PS4, Domino’s and Teenage Cancer Trust.
  • Austin, Texas was our first-ever international headline sponsor. The multi-platform awards campaign allowed the city to reach a huge new audience of dedicated young music fans, building awareness and creating positive new associations to the ‘Live Music Capital of the World.’
  • The NME Awards 2014 was the top trending topic on UK Twitter on the night of the awards ceremony.
  • The Arctic Monkeys were the big winners in 2014, taking home five awards including Best British Band and Best Album. Other winners included Best Solo Artist Lily Allen, Haim picking up Best International Band and a special Award for Innovation going to Blur’s Damon Albarn.
  • The NME Awards has an incredible heritage with the first ever ceremony being held at the Royal Albert Hall in 1953. The last 60 years of awards have seen historic live performances by The Beatles and Rolling Stones, a hand written thank you note from Elvis Presley, a Britpop show down between Blur and Oasis, The Strokes cleaning up in 2002 and the unforgettable and unplanned two-hour set from the Foo Fighters in 2011, after Dave Grohl was named Godlike Genius.
  • In 2014 the NME Awards ceremony was streamed live, allowing a global audience to follow the coverage live and see Paul McCartney pick up the award for Songwriter’s Songwriter and Blondie declared Godlike Genius.