‘Craziest awards show ever’ – 7 things we learned at the NME Awards 2020


Little Simz and her mum are a pair of legends

Class act Little Simz won ‘Best British Album’ for her 2019 record ‘Grey Area’. The rapper brought her Mum on stage to collect the award, and it gave the night the wholesome moment it really needed.

Robyn, Charli and Chris are the ultimate iconic trio

Charli XCX and Héloïse Letissier of Christine And The Queens presented ‘Songwriter of the Decade’ to Robyn, alongside some very heartfelt words. Chris called Robyn, “Queen of feelings! Queen of feeling everything!” Charli added: “You’re a defiant artist who has paved the way for so many, us included.” Kim Petras celebrated the trio when she got up on stage to present an award and said: “I wanna say that Charli XCX is That Bitch, Christine and the Queens is That Bitch and Robyn is That Bitch!” Amen.

Easy Life give the best speeches

Easy Life taught a lesson on how to accept an award when they won Best New British Act and gave us a beautiful rendition of Maroon 5’s ‘She Will Be Loved’. We should all (Slowthai) take note. Easy Life, what are you gonna sing when you win a Grammy?

Michael Eavis remains the biggest style icon

Glastonbury obviously won ‘Best Festival in the World’ (is there really any competition?) and festival founder Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily were there to collect the award. Mr. Eavis rocked his famous ‘shorts in winter at bouji ceremony’ look. Zero fucks given. Be more Michael Eavis.

Matt Healy won’t play male-dominated festivals

The 1975’s Matt Healy made a bold statement when he announced the band’s refusal to play any male-dominated festivals going forward. His booking agent must be thrilled.

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Taylor Swift really does enjoy nights in Brixton

Taylor skipped the Grammys this year and instead made a surprise appearance at O2 Academy Brixton for the NME Awards. We love to see it. Accepting the award for ‘Best Solo Artist in the World’, Taylor commented “This is my first time at the NME Awards, and like, I just feel like everyone here is so shy, so reserved. Are you guys having any fun tonight? Are you going to come out of your shells at all?”

Taylor then added: “Oh, wait no. This is like the craziest award show I’ve ever been to.”

It’s possible to go from hero to zero in one awards show

Slowthai made a series of unfortunate mistakes and quickly went from hero to zero. He’s since apologised for his behaviour, and comic Katherine Ryan has accepted his apology. Can we please stop ‘cancelling’ people? The only thing we should cancel is ‘cancel culture’.