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NME Awards 2007: Muse & Jamie T triumph

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Story by Jack Foley

MUSE were crowned best British band at the NME Awards, while newcomer Jamie T picked up best solo artist ahead of the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Thom Yorke.

The Arctic Monkeys also scooped two major awards at the lavish ceremony (on Thursday, March 1, 2007), including best album for their debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, and best DVD.

The awards, voted for by NME readers, took place at the Hammersmith Palais in London and were hosted by Xfm’s Breakfast Show DJ Lauren Laverne.

Further prizes went to The Klaxons, for best new band, and Kasabian, for best live act.

US groups My Chemical Romance won best international band and The Killers won best video for the Tim Burton-directed Bones.

Dundee-based newcomers The View took the award for best single with Wasted Little DJ’s.

Further prizes were awarded to The Reading and Leeds Festivals as best live event, and Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe, who was honoured with best radio show.

Cult BBC Three comedy The Mighty Boosh won best TV show and blockbuster hit Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest – which saw the return of Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow – was voted best film.

In the “worst” categories, Robbie Williams won worst album for Rudebox and Lily Allen won worst dressed, despite having been approached by a leading High Street chain to develop her own fashion line.

Primal Scream, who took the NME’s Godlike Genius award, were one of several acts to perform on the night and included in their set a surprise cover of The Clash’s 1978 single (White Man) In Hammersmith Palais. It was one of the highlights of the night, along with their hits Movin’ On Up, Country Girl, Rocks and Swastika Eyes.