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Bands shine on NME Awards red carpet

By Sarah Jane Griffiths and Sinead Garvan
Newsbeat entertainment reporters at Brixton Academy, London

The NME Awards are the biggest alternative music bash of the year. Newsbeat was on the red carpet on Wednesday to interview the bands at Brixton Academy.

Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand turned up at the NME Awards in coloured suits looking like JLS

Oasis were named best British band at Wednesday's NME Awards, but couldn't be there to pick it up.

Luckily their friend and soon-to-be stadium tour mate Serge Pizzorno from Kasabian was happy on hand.

"They've written a great album. They are rock and roll stars. They genuinely are fascinating and interesting people," he said.

"Every time they bring something out you want to know what's going on, how it sounds.

"It shows tonight, this is a young person's magazine and there's still people buzzing about Oasis."

Sadly Serge wasn't up for sharing secrets though.

After checking with his people, the Kasabian guitarist was under strict instructions to keep the name of their new album under wraps.

"We have decided, but it's under lock and key somewhere in a vault. I don't know why," he said.

"It's great though. I woke up one morning and something happened on the telly and I was like 'I like that' - and it kind of stuck."

Media shy

Best international band went to the Killers, who slipped in late to avoid chatting to the media, while Muse won best live act.

Muse's Matt Bellamy was surprised to get sexiest male
Muse frontman Matt Bellamy couldn't have been more surprised to get sexiest male.

On his way in, he confessed that he was actually embarrassed just to be nominated.

"They're not announcing that one tonight are they? I'll run out of the building, there's no way I deserve anything like that, I'm way too short to be sexy!" he admitted.

As some of the smartest boys in rock, Franz Ferdinand got top marks for effort in their brightly coloured suits.

They picked up on the 'one colour each' trend, as modelled by Coldplay and JLS before them.

They performed a Blondie cover with hotly tipped redhead La Roux.

"I've never done the red carpet before," she said. "And I just tripped up the stairs, so nice one, well done La Roux, ace."

Going solo

As the only Wombats member in attendance, frontman Murph was finding it all a bit stressful going solo on the red carpet too.

"I've never done it before and I'm a bit scared. I don't really know what to say," he confessed.

The Cure's Robert Smith on the "dirtier" NME awards

Luckily he had some star spotting to keep himself occupied - first up this year's godlike genius winners.

"I'm really excited about seeing The Cure, that's primarily why I'm here," he said.

"Last time when the Manics played, I was stood on my chair, really sizzled. It was quite embarrassing so I might just try and edge up myself up this time. But no table dancing."

There was plenty more excitement around the evening's most secret performers too.

Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon took to the stage together for the first time since their London Royal Festival Hall performance in 2000.

Andrew VanWyngarden from MGMT was excited. "I kind of want to meet Damon Albarn," he enthused. "But I'd probably just say 'Hey' and run away."

MGMT meanwhile showed off the most jetset behaviour of the night - flying in from America especially for the ceremony.

Lucky for them they won two - best new band and best track for Time To Pretend.

Tomorrow I'm probably going to go to Tate Modern with a really bad hangover
Ben Goldwasser
"We treated ourselves to a little vacation in London because we've been in the middle of nowhere in upstate New York for a few weeks so it's good to get out," he said.

Don't think they'll be letting a little thing like this morning's fuzzy head get in the way of some sight-seeing.

"Tomorrow I'm probably going to go to Tate Modern with a really bad hangover and look at art," added his bandmate Ben Goldwasser.

Stage diving

Friendly Fires said they were looking forward to chatting to Dizzee Rascal over dinner - what with being seated at the same table, despite being up against each other for best dancefloor filler.

"It's not beef," Dizzee said. "I've not heard of them though!"

His track with Calvin Harris, Dance Wiv Me won - and Dizzee celebrated by jumping off the stage into the crowd

"It's all good man. I was lucky they caught me though, they looked a bit baffled when I was up there!" he joked.

If you want the really random gossip though, just ask The Mighty Boosh comedian Noel Fielding.

Noel Fielding
Noel Fielding shared a table with The Killers
After beating the likes of Gavin and Stacey to Best TV, he explained his experiences over dinner.

"I'm sitting next to Brandon from The Killers so that's quite fun," he said.

"We keep making silly remarks like schoolboys, like we're 13 and laughing. And Pete Doherty just bit my ear really hard for a photo.

"We don't know each other that well and we had to be intertwined, and it all got a bit steamy and he bit my ear - Mike Tyson style! Insane."

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