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Last Updated: Friday, 18 February, 2005, 10:18 GMT
Franz Ferdinand take NME honours
Franz Ferdinand arrive at the NME Awards 2005 at Hammersmith Palais
Franz Ferdinand attended the west London ceremony
Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand have made music history after taking two top prizes at the NME Awards.

The band, who won best album and best single, have become the first to win the Mercury Music Prize, Brit Awards and NME awards in the same year.

Lead singer Alex Kapranos said: "When we got together as a group, we wanted to be like the groups that inspired us, like New Order and Oasis."

Other winners at the London ceremony included The Libertines and Razorlight.

The awards are voted for by the readers of the New Musical Express magazine.


Radio 1 DJ John Peel, who died last year, won a special award for his lifetime services to music.

Peel's widow Sheila and one of his sons, William, collected the award and received a standing ovation, while former Undertones singer Feargal Sharkey paid an emotional tribute to the DJ.

"It's amazed me over the last few months, the number of people who needed to come and talk to me about John," he said.


The Libertines were named best British band at the London ceremony, but their troubled ex-frontman Pete Doherty did not attend as scheduled due to illness.

Doherty had been due to make his first public appearance at Thursday night's award ceremony since his recent arrest, but failed to appear due to illness. His mother Jacqueline rang organisers an hour before the start of the event to say he would be unable to attend.

His new band Babyshambles were up for two NME Awards, but left empty-handed, while The Libertines were nominated for four.


Doherty is on 150,000 bail after being charged with robbery and blackmail earlier this month.

Libertines singer Carl Barat said the band's award "was as much for Pete as for anyone."

"My heart goes out to him this evening," he said. "I hoped he would be here on the off-chance that we'd have some kind of reunion. It means a hell of a lot to win because it's been a difficult year."
Paul McCartney at the NME Awards
Paul McCartney picked up the award for best event

Other winners at the Hammersmith Palais event included The Killers, who won best international band, while the best video award went to Green Day for American Idiot.

Razorlight were named best new band and the John Peel Award for Musical Innovation went to The Others.

Music festival

Rock band Muse won best live band and former Blur guitarist Graham Coxon took the award for best solo artist.

The hotly-tipped Leeds quintet Kaiser Chiefs were given the Philip Hall Radar Award. The prize honours the former Manic Street Preachers manager who died of cancer in 1993.

The best film award went to Shaun of the Dead, best TV show to Little Britain, and best event to the Glastonbury music festival.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe won best radio show, while New Order won NME's "Godlike Genius" award.

New Order singer Bernard Sumner "thanked the rest of the band for putting up with my ego for the last 25 years" as he collected the award.



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