Jimmy Page wins special NME Awards

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 February 2015
Jimmy Page at Silver Clefs Awards

Jimmy Page

Jimmy Page was honoured with a special one-off award, the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, at the 2015 NME Awards in London

Jimmy Page says it feels "brilliant" to be an inspiration to new musicians.

The Led Zeppelin rocker, who was honoured with a special one-off award, the Rock'N'Roll Soul Award, at the 2015 NME Awards in London tonight (18.02.15), was thrilled to receive the accolade from British rock duo Royal Blood because he considers it a privilege to pass the baton on to younger artists.

Speaking at the star-studded ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, the 71-year-old guitarist told BANG Showbiz: "It does mean a lot [to win this award] especially in context. To have this award, and have Royal Blood present it is brilliant, because they're really good.

"I know I have inspired a lot of musicians with the spirit of music, but that's how I learnt, listening to rock and roll and blues and all of that. It's just great, its like a baton in a relay race, I'm passing it on [to the new musicians]."

It was also a memorable night for the 'Figure It Out' hitmakers, who opened the ceremony and later won Best New Band and Best Live Band.

Other big winners included Suede, who have released six acclaimed albums and successfully reformed in 2010, as they were named Godlick Genius.

But frontman Brett Anderson blasted the state of modern rock compared to his group's Brit-pop heyday.

Speaking on the red carpet, he said: "I think rock 'n' roll, now, has become a style, a look rather than an attitude. Rock 'n' roll is about taking risks, doing unusual things rather than wearing leather trousers and thinking you're Jim Morrison."

The group closed the ceremony with a six-song set.

Meanwhile, Kasabian, who led the charge with eight nominations, were "very humbled, privileged and proud" to pick up three prestigious gongs - Best British Band, Best Album and Best Quote.

It was also a successful night for Jamie T, who won Best Track, Best Video and Moment of the Year.

But it was a bad year for 5 Seconds of Summer as they were named Worst Band, and politician Nigel Farage won Villain of the Year.

Full Winners List:

Godlike Genius Award


Rock'n'Roll Soul Award

Jimmy Page

Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification


Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas - The Live Music Capital Of The World

Foo Fighters

Outstanding Contribution to Music

Teenage Cancer Trust

Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion

Jake Bugg

Best New Band supported by REPLAY

Royal Blood

Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers

Royal Blood

Best Album

Kasabian - '48:13'

Best Track supported by Tito's Handmade Vodka

Jamie T - 'Zombie'

Best Video

Jamie T - 'Zombie'

Best Festival


Philip Hall Radar Award

Dean Blunt

Best TV Show

'Game Of Thrones'

Best Film

'Northern Soul'

Best Music Film

'Pulp: A Film About Life, Death And Supermarkets'

Reissue Of The Year

Manic Street Preachers - 'The Holy Bible'

Dancefloor Filler

Iggy Azalea feat. Charli XCX - 'Fancy'

Worst Band

5 Seconds Of Summer

Villain Of The Year

Nigel Farage

Hero Of The Year

Alex Turner

Music Moment Of The Year

Jamie T's comeback

Best Fan Community


Small Festival Of The Year

Liverpool Psych Fest

Book Of The Year

Viv Albertine - 'Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys'.

Best Band Social Media

Liam Gallagher's Twitter

Best Lyric

Happyness - "I'm wearing Win Butler's hair/There's a scalpless singer in a Montreal rock band somewhere."

Best Quote

Kasabian - "Five records, ten years. We've earned our shot." - Serge Pizzorno, (talking about Glastonbury headline slot)

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