Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon performed This Is A Low
Members of Blur gave a surprise performance at the NME Awards in London - on the night old Britpop rivals Oasis were named best British band.
Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur, who are reforming for summer festivals, performed This Is A Low from classic album Parklife.
Oasis, who were not at the ceremony, received a record seven nods. As well as best band they won best band blog.
Muse picked up three of the night's awards, voted for by NME readers.
This is ironic, we're being given best British band by the second-best British comedian
Noel Gallagher on receiving an award from Russell Brand
The Devon trio were named best live band for the second year in a row and were awarded best album artwork for live album HAARP. Singer Matt Bellamy was also named sexiest male.
Oasis, who released seventh studio album Dig Out Your Soul last year, were booed when the best band announcement was made before a video was shown of comedian Russell Brand presenting the award to Noel Gallagher.
"This is ironic, we're being given best British band by the second-best British comedian.
"Thanks to all the readers who've voted. This has turned into a right bad idea."
The Killers won best international band for the third time
Gallagher lost out to new US President Barack Obama in the hero of the year category, with former commander-in-chief George W Bush winning villain of the year for the sixth year running.
It was a strong night for US groups with The Killers winning best international band for the third time in a row.
And Nashville rockers Kings of Leon, who picked up two Brit Awards a week ago, continued their winning run by scooping best album for Only By the Night.
New-wave New Yorkers MGMT, meanwhile, did a double, picking up best new band and best track for Time to Pretend.
The Cure's Robert Smith on the "dirtier" NME awards
US pop band the Jonas Brothers also won two awards, though are unlikely to celebrate being crowned worst band and worst album.
The Last Shadow Puppets won the award for best video
Glastonbury won the top festival award, while best venue was won by London's Astoria, which closed in January and faces demolition to make way for a new cross-city rail link.
Arctic Monkeys won the best DVD award and lead singer Alex Turner picked up best video with his side project The Last Shadow Puppets.
He picked up the award for My Mistakes Were Made For You alongside Last Shadow Puppets collaborator Miles Kane.
Turner's girlfriend, TV presenter Alexa Chung, was named best dressed while Amy Winehouse was worst dressed.
Blur's other two members, Alex James and Dave Rowntree, presented the solo artist award to Pete Doherty.
Comedy duo The Mighty Boosh won the best TV show award. And Hayley Williams, of indie band Paramore, was named sexiest female.
Franz Ferdinand were joined on stage by La Roux
Indie rock legends The Cure received a standing ovation when they were presented with the godlike genius award after 33 years together and rounded off the show with a 30 minute performance.
Other live performances on the night came from Mercury Prize winners Elbow - who won the outstanding contribution to British music award - as well as Scottish bands Glasvegas, and Franz Ferdinand, who along with guest singer La Roux performed a cover version of Call Me, by Blondie.
The awards, hosted by comedian Mark Watson, will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Friday.
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