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Kings Of Leon reign at NME awards
Kings Of Leon
Kings Of Leon's debut album has been well received
US rock band Kings Of Leon and the UK's Radiohead took top honours at the NME music awards with two prizes each.

Kings Of Leon won best new band and best international band, and Radiohead took best album for Hail To The Thief and best video for There There.

The Libertines were named best British band, beating Brits-nominated The Darkness, Coldplay, Muse and Radiohead.

Ozzy Osbourne won the NME's "Godlike Genius" award, collected on his behalf by his daughter Kelly.

I'm far from being a genius - look at what happened to me before Christmas, that's hardly genius
Ozzy Osbourne

Osbourne, recovering at home in Los Angeles following a quad bike accident, sent a video message thanking voters.

"I'm far from being a genius," he said. "Look at what happened to me before Christmas - that's hardly genius.

"I ended up nearly breaking my neck and breaking my collarbone and ribs, and being in intensive care and in a coma. I'm just glad I'm still breathing."

Kings Of Leon, three brothers and a cousin from Tennessee, have been critically acclaimed for their first album, Youth and Young Manhood. The youngest member, bass player Jared Followill, is just 16.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke
Radiohead won best album for Hail To The Thief
The Libertines' success as best British band follows a tough few months for the group. Singer and guitarist Pete Doherty was jailed for six months in September after admitting burgling a bandmate's home.

He left the band for a short period but has now rejoined the group.

The Darkness, who are tipped for success at next week's Brit Awards, won nothing despite being nominated for a string of awards including best UK band and best single.

The band have declined to co-operate with the magazine after it gave them poor reviews early in their career.

Best single was awarded to the White Stripes for 7 Nation Army, while Queens of the Stone Age won best live band.

Mercury Music Prize winner Dizzee Rascal won an innovation award; and hotly-tipped Glasgow art rockers Franz Ferdinand were given the Philip Hall Radar Award. The prize honours the former Manic Street Preachers manager who died of cancer in 1993.

Best film was The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; best TV show The Office; and best event the Glastonbury music festival.

BBC Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe won best radio show, while 1960s band Love singer Arthur Lee was named "Living Legend".

The ceremony at the Hammersmith Palais, west London, was hosted by TV presenter Vernon Kay.


SEE ALSO:
Radiohead top NME prize shortlist
27 Jan 04  |  Entertainment
Oasis and Coldplay share awards
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In pictures: NME Awards
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