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Wednesday, 7 February, 2001, 12:59 GMT
U2 triumph at NME awards
"Godlike genius": Bono accepts U2's prize
Rock legends U2 have collected two prizes at this year's NME awards.

The Irish band picked up the Godlike Genius and Best Rock Act titles at the ceremony in Shoreditch, east London, on Tuesday.

Click here to see a full list of winners

The awards are voted for by readers of the music weekly and its sister website.

U2 play a one-off show at the London Astoria on Wednesday
Accepting the prize, guitarist The Edge said of singer Bono: "I suppose it helps having God in your band.

"I tell you it was tough for the rest of us putting up with the throngs and the loaves and fishes but we managed somehow to make it here."

Bono himself quipped: "It's been a bad hair life."

U2's two awards come as the group are in London for a concert at the Astoria on Wednesday in front of 2,000 fans.

The concert is a one-off warm-up for their forthcoming world tour Elevation which kicks off in Miami on 24 March.

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher stays seated
The band will also pick up an honorary award at the Brits on 26 February.

Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and girlfriend Nicole Appleton, of All Saints, also took the NME spotlight.

Gallagher - in a white sheepskin jacket and dark glasses, despite appalling weather outside - won hero of the year, but refused to get out of his seat to collect his award.

He beckoned host Peter Kay over to hand over the prize, and refused to make a speech.

Later, he told reporters: "I was here for my girlfriend - she won a proper award. It's not the sort of award I would normally collect."

All Saints bagged the Best Pop Act, even though they are rumoured to be on the verge of splitting up - an issue which is still to be properly resolved.

Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton
Liam and Nicole celebrate
Nicole Appleton said: "I'm not sure of the future. I can't talk about it," adding that "blood" was the most important bond within the group.

But sister Natalie said: "It's been a rocky road this year, but we're going to pull through it."

Coldplay took three awards, including best new act.

The group also won the the Best Single Award for their hit Yellow, from their best-selling album Parachutes.

The outfit also won the Session of the Year prize for a recording they specially for Radio 1.

Controversial rapper Eminem scooped the best hip hop/rap act trophy. Robbie Williams, however, was named villain of the year.

NME editor Ben Knowles said: "This is an awards ceremony that means something.

"It's voted for by the most discerning and intelligent music fans on the planet, NME readers.

Radiohead: The Kids awarded them an A
"It means something to the bands, because it's not voted for by a committee."

Elsewhere, rock giants Radiohead - who returned after a three-year recording absence with the experimental Kid A - were named Best Band.

Best Album went to Primal Scream for Xtrmntr.

Mercury Music Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy was named Best Solo Artist.

Full list of winners

Best Metal Act: Marilyn Manson

Best R&B/Soul act: Kelis

Best Pop Act: All Saints

Coldplay: Yellow scooped best single
Best Hip Hop/Rap Act: Eminem

Best Rock Act: U2

Best Dance Act: Fat Boy Slim

Best Club DJ: Carl Cox

Best Club : Cream

Best TV Programme: The League Of Gentlemen

Best Radio Show: Steve Lamacq (Radio 1's Evening Session)

Radio 1 Evening Session's Session of the Year 2000: Coldplay

Best Musical Event: Carling Weekend Reading and Leeds

Best New Artist: Coldplay

Best Band: Radiohead

Best Single: Yellow by Coldplay

Best Album: Xtrmntr by Primal Scream

NME Philip Hall Award for Brightest Hope in 2001: Starsailor

Godlike Genius award: U2

Best Solo Artist: Badly Drawn Boy

NME Hero: Liam Gallagher

NME Villain: Robbie Williams

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