NME Awards – Bring Me The Carnage

The NME Awards in Austin, Texas saw Bring Me The Horizon frontman Oli Sykes destroy Coldplay’s table during his band’s performance.

Performing their song Happy Song from latest album That’s The Spirit, the band have caused uproar online and had their act both criticised and praisd on social media. Even the Daily Mail reported on it – which is pretty good going for a metal band from Sheffield.

After the Awards, Coldplay singer Chris Martin claimed he had never heard of Bring Me The Horizon, who won the NME Innovation Award, but claimed: “It was great, very rock n roll”. In their performance of a song not even released as a single, Sykes climbed onto the Coldplay table and kicked off glasses and bottles.

Some have said that Sykes’ protest was in a dispute over Coldplay allegedly stealing Bring Me The Horizon’s album artwork. Compare the two artworks, for Coldplay’s A Head Full Of Dreams and BMTH’s Sempiternal:


Bring Me’s keyboardist, Jordan Fish, suggested “It may have been slightly champagne-fuelled”. Nevertheless, it was met with criticism, praise and claims that it was a PR stunt.

Watch the table-climbing incident below.

The full winners at the NME Awards were as follows:
Worst Band – 5 Seconds Of Summer
Godlike Genius – Coldplay
Villan of the Year – Donald Trump
Best British Band – The Maccabees
Best Live Band – Wolf Alice
Best Album – Foals (What Went Down)
Best International Band – Run The Jewels
Best Track – Wolf Alice (Giant Peach)
Hero of the Year – Dave Grohl
Best Video – Slaves (Cheer Up London)
Best Fan Community – The Libertines
Best Festival – Glastonbury
Best TV Show – This Is England ’90
Best Reissue – David Bowie (Five Years 1969-1973)
Greatest Music Moment of the Year – The Libertines secret Glastonbury set
Innovation – Bring Me The Horizon
Best British Solo Artist – Charli XCX
Best International Solo Artist – Taylor Swift
Best Film – Beasts of No Nation

Jessica Allen

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