Feb. 27 - New Wave pioneers Blondie receive the NME Godlike Genius Award, while Paul McCartney and Blur frontman Damon Albarn are honoured at the British rock awards. Joel Flynn reports.
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A week after the Brits comes the NMEs, UK music awards with attitude - as you can probably tell from the statuettes.
The rock awards from the New Musical Express - Britain's rock bible for some 60 years - saw music royalty old and new turn out.
Leading the way were Blondie, being recognised for their "Godlike Genius".
SOUNDBITE: Blondie band member, Clem Burke, saying (English):
"Ironically we've been together the three of us longer this time than the first time around, so that's pretty amazing in itself. But it's great to be here, it's a great vibe."
Paul McCartney and Blur and Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn were also honoured.
The former Beatle was given the Songwriters' Songwriter award, accepting it with typical eloquence.
SOUNDBITE: Musician and Winner of Songwriters' Songwriter Award, Paul McCartney, saying (English):
"The thing about songwriting is, the great thing about is, we don't know how we do it so you can't talk about it. Thank you."
LA sister trio Haim were nominated in five categories, picking up the gong for Best International Band.
Speaking before the show, bassist Este said Blondie were still roll models for women in music.
SOUNDBITE: Haim bassist, Este Haim, saying (English):
"It's nice to feel like there's a sense of female camaraderie right now. I'm kind of revelling in it, marinating in it, rolling in it. I love it. I think it's great."
Arctic Monkeys were the big winners on the night however.
The Sheffield rockers picked up no less than five awards.
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