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Radiohead and White Stripes honoured by NME


Story: Jack Foley

THERE were few surprises as the NME announced its annual awards on Thursday, February 12, with Radiohead, The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age all picking up accolades.

The awards took place at London's Hammersmith Palais and was opened by two live performances, from the hotly-tipped Scissor Sisters, out of New York, and The Libertines.

Franz Ferdinand also played their hit single, Take Me Out, later on in the evening, and hung around to pick up the Philip Hall Radar Award.

Of the big names, Thom Yorke's Radiohead took Best Album, and received the Best Video prize, for There There, while The White Stripes took the top prize for best single, for Seven Nation Army.

Queens Of The Stone Age were presented with the Best Live Band award, ironically, on the day they announced that the band had parted company with founder member, Nick Oliveri.

Other notable winners on the night included Radio 1's Zane Lowe, formerly of Xfm, who won Best Radio Show, and Kings Of Leon, who took Best New Band.

The annual Living Legend award was given to Love's Arthur Lee, who was on hand to receive it, while the final film in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Return of the King, was named NME Film of the Year, easing its disappointment at missing out on the London Film Critics' honour.

Billy Boyd, who plays Hobbit hero, Pippin, in the film, received the gong from actress, Sadie Frost.

Har Mar Superstar, meanwhile, was named Rock And Roll Man Of The Year.

The full list of winners is as follows...

Best Radio Show: Zane Lowe
Best New Band (supported by Radio 1): Kings Of Leon
Best Video (supported by MTV2): Radiohead - 'There There'
Best Single: The White Stripes - '7 Nation Army'
Best Film: Lord Of The Rings - Return Of The King
Rock And Roll Man Of The Year: Har Mar Superstar
Best Live Band (supported by Carling): Queens Of The Stone Age
Living Legend: Arthur Lee
Philip Hall Radar Award: Franz Ferdinand
Best Event: Glastonbury
The Fuck Me! Award For Innovation: Dizzee Rascal
Best International Band (supported by 4Music): Kings Of Leon
Best TV Show: The Office
Rock 'N' Roll Woman Of The Year: Brody Dalle
Best UK Band (supported by BPI): The Libertines
Best Album (supported by Virgin Megastores): Radiohead - 'Hail To The Thief'
Godlike Genius: Ozzy Osbourne

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