Sam Fender and Griff were the big winners at the NME Awards, receiving two awards each.
His annual awards ceremony at Brixton Academy in London this year was hosted by actress and comedian Daisy May Cooper and rapper and presenter Lady Lehurr.
North Shields rocker Fender, who opened the show with an impressive performance, won the awards for Best Album by a British Artist and Best World Album for the latter attempt. critically acclaimed Seventeen Going Under.
As he stepped onto the stage to accept his award, he swore in front of the crowd and joked, “We didn’t even know we’d been nominated until two seconds ago.”
Griff, meanwhile, won the NME Radar Award and told the audience: “I consider it a privilege that I get to do this every day.”
She then returned to the stage with Norwegian singer Sigrid to accept the award for best collaboration for their song Head On Fire.
American star Halsey accepted this year’s creativity award with a pre-recorded message.
“NME, thank you so much for this year’s innovation award,” she said. “This is the most exciting award I have received in my life. It makes sense to me.”
Irish post-punk band Fontaines DC won the award for best band in the world, and when they stepped onto the stage, lead singer Grian Chatten joked: “We’re going to party like No. 10 tonight.”
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Rapper Berwyn was named Best New Artist from the UK and brought up his mother to accept the award, after admitting he didn’t prepare his speech.
Ellie Goulding nervously reads her notes from her phone while presenting the award for best podcast, before joking, “I did a podcast and it’s trash.”
Jessie Ware and her mother Lennie, for whom she presents the Table Manners podcast, were the winners and both took to the stage to accept the gong.
Pop star Mabel presented the iconic award to her mother, Swedish singer Neneh Cherry.
In her acceptance speech, Cherry said: “The reality is that none of this would have really happened without the inner sanctity of my family, my extended family – you know who you are, and all the great visions I’ve come up with, and all the new visions that are giving me life.
“You know what they say, it takes a whole village!”
The musical moment of the year went to former Oasis star Liam Gallagher during a free concert for NHS workers, while the best song in the world went to Lorde for Solar Power.
How Not To Drown by Chvrches and The Cure frontman Robert Smith were voted the best song by a UK artist before the two took to the stage together.
It was the first time the Scottish synth-pop trio performed their songs live in public, and their lead singer Lauren Mayberry danced energetically around the stage.
Rina Sawwayama was named the best live show while sister festivals Reading and Leeds were named the best in the UK.
FKA Twigs received the pre-announced award for Genius Like God and put on an exhilarating performance wearing what appeared to be a pair of body-length wings.
Surrounding her were masked dancers before her wings fell off to reveal a piece of silver glitter.
Other winners of the night included Wolf Alice for best festival representative and Bring Me The Horizon for best band from the UK.
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