Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC have been named Best Band in the World at the NME Awards.
The annual ceremony at Brixton Academy in London was this year hosted by actress and comedian Daisy May Cooper and rapper-presenter Lady Leshurr.
The Dublin band won first prize ahead of Australians Amyl & The Sniffers, Ben&Ben from the Philippines, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, HAIM, Italian rock band Måneskin, Nova Twins and Wolf Alice.
“Thank you to everyone we’ve worked with,” singer Grian Chatten said as he accepted the award from fellow Irish stars Aisling Bea and Faris Badwan of The Horrors.
Chatten jokingly added, “We’re going to party like number 10 tonight.”
Rocker Sam Fender, who opened the show with an impassioned performance, won Best Album by a British Artist and Best Album in the World for his critically acclaimed second effort Seventeen Going Under.
When he took the stage to collect his award, he swore at the crowd and joked, “We didn’t even know we were nominated two seconds ago.”
Griff, meanwhile, picked up the NME Radar Award and told the audience, “I consider it a privilege to be able to do this every day.”
She then returned to the stage alongside Norwegian singer Sigrid to win the award for best collaboration for their track. Head on fire.
American star Halsey accepted this year’s innovation award with a pre-recorded message.
“NME, thank you very much for this year’s innovation award,” she said. “This is the coolest award I’ve ever received in my life. It means the world to me.”
Rapper Berwyn has been named the UK’s best new act and tricked his mum into accepting the award, after admitting he hadn’t prepared a speech.
Ellie Goulding read her notes on her phone while presenting the Best Podcast award, before jokingly adding, “I did a podcast and it sucked.”
Jessie Ware and her mother Lennie, with whom she presents the Table Manners podcast, were the winners and both took the stage to accept the gong.
Popstar Mabel presented the icon award to her mother, Swedish singer Neneh Cherry.
In her acceptance speech, Cherry said: “The point is, none of this really would have happened without the inner sanctum of my family, my extended family – you know who you are, and all the incredible visionaries I have. invented, and all the new visionaries who bring me to life.
“You know what they say, it takes a village!”
The musical moment of the year went to former Oasis star Liam Gallagher for his free concert for NHS workers, while the best song in the world went to Lorde for Solar energy.
How not to drown by Chvrches and The Cure singer Robert Smith was named best song by a British artist before the two artists took the stage to perform together.
It was the first time the Scottish synth-pop trio had performed the tracks in public and their vocalist Lauren Mayberry danced energetically around the stage.
FKA Twigs received the pre-announced award for Godlike Genius and delivered a euphoric performance wearing what appeared to be a pair of body-length wings.
She was surrounded by dancers wearing masks before her wings fell to reveal a silver, shimmering piece.
Other winners of the night included Bring Me The Horizon for Best UK Group.
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