British newcomers Coldplay and Irish veterans U2 were the toast of the 2001 NME Carling Awards on Tuesday (February 6), with the former taking home three awards, including Best New Artist.
Coldplay also won the Best Single award for “Yellow,” and the band’s live appearance on the BBC’s “Radio 1 Evening Session” was recognized as the Session of the Year for 2000.
Following close behind Coldplay’s hat trick were U2, who picked up Best Rock Act and the Godlike Genius award, which was presented by Aussie singer Kylie Minogue and Starsailor, a hot new group from Wigan, England.
In accepting the Best Rock Act award, U2’s The Edge jokingly alluded to the controversy surrounding Eminem, winner of the Best Hip-Hop/Rap Act award, which was presented by Run-D.M.C.
“I’m glad we’ve won the rock award,” the guitarist said from the stage, “because hip-hop is the devil’s music.”
Other winners included Marilyn Manson for Best Metal Act, Radiohead for Best Band and Fatboy Slim for Best Dance Act. Primal Scream’s XTRMNTR was selected as the Best Album of 2000, while Badly Drawn Boy was named Best Solo Artist. Rounding out the awards were the battling duo of Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher and singer Robbie Williams, who were tagged the NME Hero and the NME Villain of the year, respectively.
The NME Carling Awards are the longest-running pop-music honors in the U.K., dating back to 1953. They are voted on by readers of the British weekly New Music Express and its accompanying Web site.
The NME Carling Awards, held this year at the Arches in East London, are generally viewed as a precursor to the Brit Awards, the U.K.’s equivalent to the Grammys. Brit Awards nominees will be announced on February 26 at Earls Court in London.
The complete list of winners at the 2001 NME Carling Awards:
Best Metal Act: Marilyn Manson
Best R&B/Soul Act: Kelis
Best Pop Act: All Saints
Best Hip-Hop/Rap Act: Eminem
Best Rock Act: U2
Best Dance Act: Fatboy Slim
Best Club DJ: Carl Cox
Best Club: Cream
Best TV Program: “The League of Gentlemen”
Best Radio Show: Steve Lamacq (“Radio 1’s Evening Session”)
“Radio 1 Evening Session’s” Session of the Year 2000: Coldplay
Best Musical Event: Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds
NME.com Fans Award For Best Live Act: Moby
Best New Artist: Coldplay
Best Band: Radiohead
Best Single: “Yellow” by Coldplay
Best Album: XTRMNTR by Primal Scream
NME Philip Hall Award for Brightest Hope in 2001: Starsailor
Godlike Genius award: U2
Best Solo Artist: Badly Drawn Boy
NME Hero: Liam Gallagher
NME Villain: Robbie Williams