AMF/Virgin EMI’s Loyle Carner, who is up for two awards at next week’s BRIT Awards, has kicked off the year in style after winning Best British Solo Artist at last night’s NME Awards. Loyle used his acceptance speech to shine alight on ADHD and Dyslexia. He said: “If you’ve got ADHD and Dyslexia, keep answering back and keep answering questions. ADHD is a superpower.” In 2016, Loyle set up Chilli Con Carner, a cooking school for children with ADHD.
There were two more wins for Virgin EMI. Bastille picked up Best Collaboration for their single with Craig David, I Know You, while Lorde picked up Best International Artist while also being nominated for both Best Track and Best Live Artist. In a recorded message, she said NME understood Green Light like almost no-one else.
Polydor’s Stefflon Don, who opened this week’s awards show with a fierce performance of her single Ding-a-Ling alongside Skepta, picked up Best New Artist to add to her recent MOBO for Best Female Act. The rapper continues to make waves in the UK urban scene after breaking through with the recent success of her single Hurtin’ Me and featuring on Instruction with Demi Lovato and Jax Jones. On collecting her award, she spoke of her appreciation for the UK and declared that “This is for the women”.
In more success for Polydor, Haim took home Best International band for the second time since 2014. The Los Angeles based sisters thanked NME for always being champions of their music and teased their UK tour when chatting backstage.
On the back of their Mercury-nominated album, Love In The 4th Dimension, Fiction’s The Big Moon beat off stiff competition from the likes of Charli XCX, Pale Waves, and Dua Lipa to claim Best Music Video with their western classic, Sucker.
Ariana Grande was announced as Hero of the Year following the traumatic events at her Manchester concert last year. A statement from her team said that Ariana, an Island artist in the UK, would like to dedicate the award to the people of Manchester, “the brave young men and women who stand together.” Her One Love Manchester concert following the incident was also honoured as Music Moment of the Year.