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NME Awards 2006 - Arctic Monkeys lead prizes

The Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

BREAKTHROUGH act the Arctic Monkeys stole the show at the NME Awards (2006) by winning three awards, including Best British Band.

The Sheffield group also won best new band and best song for their No.1 hit I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor. And they beat Brit award heroes, Kaiser Chiefs, to the best British band title.

The awards cap a memorable year so far for the newcomers, whose debut album Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not also became the fastest selling debut album of all-time in the UK.

But while the Arctic Monkeys were the night’s runaway successes, The Kaiser Chiefs were left disappointed after winning only one of the record-breaking six awards they were nominated for – Best Album for Employment. Singer Ricky Wilson also received a best dressed prize.

Glaswegian favourites Franz Ferdinand claimed the best live band award while Oasis won best video for The Importance of Being Idle, which starred Notting Hill/Enduring Love actor Rhys Ifans.

US rapper Kanye West was named best solo artist, The Strokes took home the best international act prize, while the John Peel Music Innovation Award went to Gorillaz.

The Sexiest Man, as voted for by NME readers, was Babyshambles’ Pete Doherty, while pop queen Madonna was crowned Sexiest Woman.

Hero of the year, meanwhile, was Bob Geldof (in recognition of his involvement in Live 8), while villain of the year was (perhaps unsurprisingly) George Bush.

Former Stone Roses front man Ian Brown was presented with a Godlike Genius award by footballer Teddy Sheringham. The singer had previously stated that he would only accept the award if it was presented by a member of Manchester United’s 1999 treble-winning squad.

The ceremony was held at London’s Hammersmith Palais on Thursday, February 23, 2006.

NME Award winners in full