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.
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”.
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.
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.”
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
Best International Band
Best British Male
Best British Female
Best International Male
Best International Female
Christine & The Queens
Best New Artist
Bastille – Wild World
Christine And The Queens – Tilted
Best Live Band
Slaves – Consume Or Be Consumed
Best Music Film
Best TV Series
My Scientology Movie
Music Moment Of The Year
Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury
Best Festival Headliner
Best Small Festival
End Of The Road
Villain Of The Year
Hero Of The Year
5 Seconds Of Summer
Oasis – Be Here Now
Source: Sky News – Entertainment