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NME Awards 2013: Double wins for The Rolling Stones and Florence Welch

Crossfire Hurricane

Story by Jack Foley

THE Rolling Stones and Florence Welch have emerged as the big winners at the 2013 NME Awards.

Both acts took home two prizes each, with The Rolling Stones achieving the feat more than half a century after they first featured in the magazine’s pages.

The veteran rockers were named best live band and saw their documentary Crossfire Hurricane (pictured) land the best film prize.

Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, picked up her two prizes as best solo artist and for providing the vocals on Sweet Nothing, the song by Calvin Harris which was named best dancefloor anthem.

Other big winners on the night, which was held at London venue The Troxy on Wednesday, February 27, 2013, included Biffy Clyro, who were crowned best British band, and The Killers, who took best international band.

The Maccabees took home the coveted best album award for their LP, Given To The Wild, while Foals nabbed best track for Inhaler.

One Direction, who picked up a global success prize at the Brit Awards last week, was named worst band, while Harry Styles was named villain of the year.

US President Barack Obama was named hero of the year, while the Danny Boyle directed Olympics opening ceremony took the music moment of the year.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was presented with this year’s NME’s “Godlike Genius” award in recognition of his achievements during a 30-year musical career in which has he has also worked with Paul McCartney, The Pretenders, The The, Modest Mouse and The Cribbs.

The winners of the 2013 NME Awards are as follows:

Best British Band
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band
The Killers

Best Solo Artist
Florence + The Machine

Best New Band
Palma Violets

Best Live Band
Rolling Stones

Best Album
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild

Best Track
Foals – Inhaler

Dancefloor Anthem
Calvin Harris feat. Florence – Sweet Nothing

Best Video
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine

Best TVShow
Fresh Meat

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds

Best Music Film
Crossfire Hurricane – Rolling Stones

Best Re-issue
Blur – 21

Best Twitter
Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim)

Best Book
Mike Skinner, The Story Of The Streets

Music Moment Of The Year
Olympics opening ceremony

Hero Of The Year
Barack Obama

Villain Of The Year
Harry Styles

Best Small Festival
Festival No.6

Worst Band
One Direction

Best Fan Community

Best Film
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hottest Man
Matt Bellamy

Hottest Woman
Amy Lee