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Byline: By Bethan Elfyn, Wales on Sunday

The nme awards could have started disastrously for me this year as I step out of the cab, behind Chris Moyles' breakfast crew, and stepped on the back of my dress!

Thankfully it didn't rip, fall down, or trip me up, as is bound to happen at an award ceremony. But it was a close call.

Halfway up the red carpet, and I'm accosted by the friendly faces of the Dirty Sanchez boys, who took me aback a bit with their serious interviewing techniques. Who was I looking forward to watching, and so on? But the tone soon descended into discussions about the after-show party.

At the tables I soon spotted Funeral For A Friend nearby, who were nominated for Best Newcomer Award, and the celebs were out in full force.

I joined Moyles, Colin and Edith, Steve Lamacq and Westwood on the Radio One table. Then rock's current couple of the moment entered the room, Josh Homme from the Queens of the Stone Age (who also performed on the night) and one of the sexiest and scariest women in the place, Brody Dalle, decked in a leather mini-apron dress, strapped loosely up her back.

The evening went without hitch, with awards from 25,000 public voters going to The Libertines, Best UK Band, and Radiohead, who won the Best Album for Hail To The Thief.

Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood accepted the award from Little Britain stars Matt Lucas and David Walliams, and also accepted the Best Video prize for the There There promo.

Other winners on the night included Kings of Leon (Best Newcomer and Best International Band), White Stripes (Best Single for Seven Nation Army), Zane Lowe (Best Radio Show), Franz Ferdinand (Phillip Hall Radar Award for Promising Newcomer), the Glastonbury Festival (Best Live Event), Har Mar Superstar (Man of the Year), and Brody Dalle (Woman of the Year).

The big award of the night, for Godlike Genius, went to Ozzy Osbourne, who, wearing a collar brace, had filmed his acceptance speech while daughter Kelly accepted the award on his behalf.

Tim Westwood presented Dizzy Rascal with the Award for Innovation, Arthur Lee from Love accepted the Living Legend award, while The Office won best TV show.

The live music line-up came from an array of hosts including Scissor Sisters, The Libertines, Jet, Josh Homme and his new band Eagles of Heavy Metal.

It was probably one of the most successful awards for the NME in terms of the celeb count, even though the Brats have always been defiant in their anti-fame stance.

Most importantly, more people than ever had been to the two-week awards gigs around London.

The live music revolution is obviously not going away.

To hear the report from the NME awards tour and live from the awards at the Hammersmith Palais, listen again at www.bbc.co.uk/bethanandhuw
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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Feb 15, 2004
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