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NME Awards 2008: Arctic Monkeys claim hat-trick

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

THE Arctic Monkeys took three prizes from seven nominations, including best British band, at this year’s NME Awards in London (2008).

The Sheffield outfit had gone into the ceremony with a record seven nominations to their name – but while a record seven wins proved a little beyond their grasp, the band did go home with two further prizes in the form of best track (for Fluorescent Adolescent) and best video (for Teddy Picker).

Klaxons took the best album of the year for their debut Myths of the Near Future while Kate Nash followed up her Brit awards success by being named best solo artist (beat Amy Winehouse in the process).

Muse were crowned the best live band (following their storming gigs at venues including Wembley Stadium in 2007) and American rockers The Killers took best international act.

The Manic Street Preachers, who performed at the ceremony at London’s O2 Arena along with fellow winners Kate Nash and Klaxons, took home this year’s Godlike Genius honour.

Further prizes went to The Enemy, who took home the Best New Band award, Pete Doherty, who was voted hero of the year by the magazine’s readers, and US President George W Bush, who was named villain of the year.

Unwanted awards were bestowed upon Amy Winehouse, for worst dressed of the year, The Hoosiers (worst band), and Britney Spears (worst album for Blackout).

For the second year running, the Reading and Leeds festivals were crowned best live event, while Wembley Stadium took best venue.

Kylie Minogue was named sexiest woman of 2007, while Noel Fielding was named both the sexiest man and the best dressed of the past 12 months.

BBC Three comedy The Mighty Boosh was named best TV show, while Joy Division movie Control unsurprisingly took best film.

Read about the nominees