Having gone from complete unknowns to releasing the fastest-selling U.K. album of all time in a few months,
The Sheffield youngsters beat the likes of
The following day, the act was playing Paris and couldn’t perform at the February 23rd ceremony because their equipment was in France. A packed London
Reinforcing the belief that Arctic Monkeys are bound for international success rather than just being a flash in the Brit pan, the record entered the U.S. singles chart at No. 2 the same day as the NME bash.
Although the band’s Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not debut album shifted 700,000 copies in less than a month, the best album award went to the Leeds-based Kaiser Chiefs. The Yorkshire band took the prize with the two million-selling Employment.
Bob Geldof, who was voted “Hero Of The Year,” also picked up best music DVD for Live 8. He expressed some surprise that last July’s global live music extravaganza hadn’t won best live event as well, according to The Independent.
As far as the NME voters are concerned, it seems one day of rock giants playing three- or four-song sets doesn’t measure up to spending three days at the
There were no surprises in the best venue category: It went to
The winners of the other major awards included
On the negative side,
This year’s awards, which were screened on Channel 4 the following night, attracted votes from more than 80,000 fans – a big rise from last year’s 50,000 plus.
— John Gammon