Grime pioneers steal the show at NME Awards

Grime pioneers steal the show at NME Awards

Grime music took centre stage at the 2017 NME Awards, as two of its biggest stars were praised for their contribution to music.

The Pet Shop Boys may have taken home the coveted Godlike Genius Award, but it was another London-born sound that dominated Wednesday’s ceremony.

Skepta, one of grime’s most famous pioneers, took to the O2 Brixton Academy’s stage twice in one night.


Wiley is considered the 'godfather' of Grime music
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Wiley is considered the ‘godfather’ of Grime music

His first appearance was to pick up the Best Male Artist trophy from London mayor Sadiq Khan, who praised the artist for being a “cool and talented” role model.

The artist later praised the London mayor for his work, saying: “I’m a fan of Sadiq, we do the same thing, go against the grain.”

Just minutes later Skepta was back on stage, this time to pay tribute to the “godfather of grime”.


The Pet Shop Boys took home the Godlike Genius Award
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The Pet Shop Boys took home the Godlike Genius Award

Wiley, the man credited with inventing the grime sound, was handed an Outstanding Contribution to Music award by his fellow singer.

Grime is a British electronic music genre born in the early noughties, mixing garage, jungle, ragga and hip hop.

Synth pop band Pet Shop Boys were also recognised, following in the footsteps of U2, Primal Scream and Coldplay to receive the Godlike Genius Award for their 36-year career.


Louis Theroux collected the Best Film award for his My Scientology documentary
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Louis Theroux collected the Best Film award for his My Scientology documentary

Singer MIA, who was handed the best British female artist prize, introduced a refugee supergroup made of Charlie XCX, Pixie Geldof and members of Years & Years, Slaves and Peace Bands 4 Refugees.

“I worked with them last year and I went to Athens, I saw the work they did,” she said.

“It’s also the charity that got Lily Allen into loads of s***. They do amazing work and they’re working with NME tonight.”


Singer M.I.A. was presented with the award for Best British Female
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Singer MIA was presented with the award for Best British Female

Later, the ceremony got even more political, with former UKIP leader Nigel Farage being named the Villain of the Year, beating the likes of Boris Johnson and Donald Trump.

The VO5 NME Awards are an annual show from New Musical Express magazine, voted by the public.

Best British Band
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band
Metallica

Best British Male
Skepta

Best British Female
MIA

Best International Male
Frank Ocean

Best International Female
Christine & The Queens

Best New Artist
Dua Lipa

Best Album
Bastille – Wild World

Best Track
Christine And The Queens – Tilted

Best Live Band
The 1975

Best Video
Slaves – Consume Or Be Consumed

Best Festival
Glastonbury

Best Music Film
Oasis: Supersonic

Best TV Series
Fleabag

Best Film
My Scientology Movie

Music Moment Of The Year
Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury

Best Festival Headliner
Adele

Best Small Festival
End Of The Road

Villain Of The Year
Nigel Farage

Hero Of The Year
Beyonce

Worst Band
5 Seconds Of Summer

Best Reissue
Oasis – Be Here Now

Source: Sky News – Entertainment

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