Last night, the NME Awards returned in London. A night of music, entertainment and mutiny took place, and in amongst the chaos, some worthy winners were named and awarded for their contributions to the world of entertainment over the last year.
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WINNER: Best British Solo Act
Queen of the avant-garde, FKA Twigs was nominated for an impressive four awards. Since 2014 she’s been given countless nods in the music industry, nominated then for the BBC Music Sound of 2014 award following the release of her critically-acclaimed debut ‘LP1’, she returned last year with the equally adored ‘Magdalene’. Her last shows in the UK, in support of the record, sold out in an instant. In 2020, you can see her for yourself at Lovebox festival, taking place in June at London’s Gunnersbury Park.
WINNER: Best Live Act
2019 was a massive year for Foals, having released two critically acclaimed albums. 2019 saw the band achieve their first UK number one album, two sell-out headline shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, an explosive secret set at Glastonbury, their first documentary on Amazon Prime, and so much more. So what better way to round-off and celebrate these achievements than with three NME nominations - and now a win! The band are going back on the road in 2020 with limited availability. Book now to secure your tickets!
WINNER: Best British Album
At only 24 years old she has already released two critically acclaimed and award-winning albums independently, toured the world and has received praise from her musical peers and inspirations including the likes of Kendrick Lamar. Simbi Ajikawo, a.ka. Little Simz, moves genuinely between hip-hop, r'n'b, jazz and soul beats with a philosophical, curious and yet self-assured expression. You can catch the NME Award winner perform live at Lovebox Festival and TRNSMT 2020 this summer.
WINNER: Best Song in the World
She is officially the first artist born this millennium to achieve both a number one album and single, and is now the third female solo artist in history with multiple songs topping the Billboard Alternative Songs airplay chart! Billie’s tour is sold out, but you can get some last chance tickets on our ethical re-sale site fan to fan here.
Lana Del Rey
WINNER: Best Album in the World
Her latest album ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell’ has appeared on so many top 2019 album lists. It’s impossible to ignore that the singer-songwriter is back! Described by Pitchfork recently as “one of America’s greatest living songwriters“, Lana gained three nominations and one win at the awards. If you want to see her live, limited tickets remain for her tour next month so be quick!
WINNER: Best Band in the World
Pioneers of rock music, from the moment Slipknot emerged in 1999 with their self-titled debut, it was clear they were like nothing the world had seen before. They were nominated for two awards at this year's NME awards, which includes a nomination for best album with their latest release 'We Are Not Your Kind'. The band - crowned Best Band in the World - recently announced the first ever KNOTFEST UK, which is on sale now.
WINNER: Best Collaboration
The producer, songwriter and vocalist was nominated for three awards for his tune with Slowthai – 'Deal Wiv It'. Mura Masa’s huge global headline tour for 2020 includes a massive London date at Alexandra Palace on 20th February. The date comes in celebration of the announcement of his much-anticipated second album, ‘R.Y.C’ (Raw Youth Collage), released this month.
WINNER: Best British Band
Pop rockers The 1975 were nominated for five awards. Two of those nominations were for the song, 'People' which DIY magazine noted 'if there was a rousing rally call for change and rebellion, then this is its answer: there’s no going quietly now.' The last few tickets now remain for their huge tour in support of their upcoming album, 'Notes on a Conditional Form'.
WINNER: Best Solo Act in the World
Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the biggest female solo artists on the planet. She has achieved a long list of hits since she first launched onto the music scene as a country (turned pop) artist. She has been announced as a headliner for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary and will also be performing at NOS Alive next year, so don’t miss out on seeing her perform live!
WINNER: Best New British Act
They're up for Best Music Video with 'Hazy hip-hop inspired indie pop' (DIY magazine) song 'Nice Guys', plus two awards for best new act. The Leicester born group are heading places in 2020. See them live on tour in March, or catch them at Dot to Dot Festival and Live at Leeds in May!
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