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Florence + the Machine, Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys Bring Home Trophies at NME Awards

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With Adele being the music awards show darling in the past several weeks, most thought she would clean up at the 2012 NME Awards. However, that wasn’t the case as Florence + the Machine won two trophies at the British magazine’s annual ceremony.

As Spinner reports, Florence Welch claimed Best Solo Artist and the metal middle finger for Best Track during last night’s (February 29) shindig. The London songstress had stiff competition in the latter category, beating the likes of Adele, Noel Gallagher and SNL disaster Lana Del Rey.

Other victors included the Horrors for Best Album, the Foo Fighters for Best International Band and Arctic Monkeys, who were nominate for seven awards, with Best Live Band. During Kasabian’s acceptance speech after winning the award for Best British Band, frontman Tom Meighan gave a touching tribute to the Monkees singer Davey Jones, who died of a heart attack earlier that day.

“I want to dedicate it [the award] to Davy Jones from The Monkees who died today,” Meighan said. “He was 66 years old. My mother loved The Monkees.” The vocalist proceeded to sing several lines from the theme song to ‘The Monkees’ television show.

The coveted Godlike Genius Award was presented to former Oasis guitarist/vocalist Noel Gallagher by former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. It’s the tastemakers’ equivalent of a lifetime achievement award. The years seemed to have made Gallagher a humble man.

“Thank you to anyone who has bought a CD, a ticket or T-shirt, ’cause that’s what counts,” Gallagher said. “To the people here who have cited me as an influence, you are welcome. I’d like to thank Johnny, who was the first person outside of Oasis to notice us. And I’d like to thank NME for still giving a s— after 20 years.”

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