NME brought its always amusing, always completely inebriated NME Awards to the U.S. last night for a special American version in the long-running music mags attempt to build a bigger audience.
With performances by a newly-reunited (again) Janes Addiction and Evan Dandos Lemonheads, who was given the "Classic LP award for the recently reissued 1992 bubble-grunge opus Its A Shame About Ray, there was enough Americana floating around to convince anyone that NME is indeed breaking away from its usual Anglo-obsessed hype mongering.
Questionable choices plagued the inaugural event as they dished out "best awards to the likes of Foo Fighters (Best Album), the Killers (Best Track for their b-side comps duet with Lou Reed?), the Strokes guitarist (Best Solo Artist), and My Chemical Romance (Best Live Band). Of course, this is coming from the "most respected music weekly in the world, which prides itself on giving "its readers the most exciting, most authoritative coverage of the very best in contemporary music.
A number of video interviews conducted by NME can be viewed here.
Here is the rundown of winners and nominees per category:
Best Band Winners: The Killers
Nominees: Kings Of Leon, My Chemical Romance, The White Stripes, Foo Fighters
Best Solo Artist Winner: Albert Hammond, Jr.
Nominees: Cat Power, Ryan Adams, Andrew Bird, Beck
Best Live Band Winner: My Chemical Romance Nominees: Kings of Leon, The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters
Best Album Winner: Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace - Foo Fighters
Nominees: Sawdust - The Killers, Because of the Times - Kings of Leon, Girls and Boys of America- The Hold Steady, Icky Thump - The White Stripes
Best New Band Winners: Vampire Weekend
Nominees: Black Kids, MGMT, Band Of Horses, Paramore
Best New Solo Artist Winner: Mark Ronson
Nominees: Sam Sparro, Santogold, Cass McCombs, Seasick Steve
Best New Live Act Winners: Vampire Weekend
Nominees: Black Kids, Band Of Horses, Santogold, MGMT
Best International Band Winners: Arcade Fire
Nominees: Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Radiohead, Oasis
Best International Solo Artist Winner: Kate Nash
Nominees: Feist, MIA, Jamie T, Amy Winehouse
Best International Live Act Winners: Arcade Fire
Nominees:Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs, Kaiser Chiefs, Muse
Best International Album Winners: Favourite Worst Nightmare - Arctic Monkeys
Nominees: Neon Bible - Arcade Fire, Shotter's Nation - Babyshambles, Myths of the Near Future - Klaxons, In Rainbows - Radiohead
Best International Track Winner: "Golden Skans" - Klaxons
Nominees: "Teddy Picker" - Arctic Monkeys, "Intervention" - Arcade Fire, "Flux" - Bloc Party, "Foundations" - Kate Nash
Best New International Band Winners: Klaxons
Nominees: The Enemy, Foals, The Wombats, The Last Shadow Puppets
Best New International Solo Artist Winner: Kate Nash
Nominees: Duffy, Lily Allen, Lightspeed Champion, Jack Penate
Best New International Live Act Winners: Klaxons
Nominees: CSS, The Wombats, Foals, The Pigeon Detectives
Best Track Winners: "Tranquilize" - The Killers
Nominees: "The Pretender" - Foo Fighters, "All My Friends" - LCD Soundsystem, "Teenagers" - My Chemical Romance, "Icky Thump" - The White Stripes
Voted by NME Breakthrough Artist: Santogold
Breakthrough Track: MGMT: "Time To Pretend"
Classic LP: Lemonheads: It's A Shame About Ray
Inspiration Award: Mick Jones
Best Video Winner: "D.A.N.C.E." - Justice
Nominees: "Fluorescent Adolescent" - Arctic Monkeys, "Long Road to Ruin" - Foo Fighters, "Tranquilize" - The Killers, "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" - Oasis
Best TV Show Winner: Heroes
Nominees: Grey's Anatomy, Lost, The Mighty Boosh, The Office: An American Workplace
Best Film Winner: Juno
Nominees: Control, No Country for Old Men, The Simpsons Movie, There Will Be Blood