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Paul McCartney, Blondie and the Arctic Monkeys were the big winners at the NME Awards Wednesday night in London.
Macca, who along with The Beatles made his first appearance on the NME Awards in 1963 and then did a five-song set at the 1964 awards -- 50 years ago -- picked up the Songwriters' Songwriter Award. In accepting the honor he said, "The NME (New Musical Express) brings up so many memories. It's been going longer than me. I saw my first ever picture of Elvis in NME." As for the award, he said, "The great thing about songwriting is we don't know how you do it so you can't talk about it."
Blondie was presented with the Godlike Genius Award by Lily Allen and closed the show with a career-spanning eight-song set of "One Way or Another," "Hanging on the Telephone," "A Rose By Any Name," "Rapture," "Sugar on the Side," "Call Me," "Atomic" and "Heart of Glass," plus a cover of the Beastie Boys' "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)."
The Arctic Monkeys were the night's big winners, taking home five awards, including Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album for AM.
Other winners included Lily Allen, Best Solo Artist; The Clash for Best Reissue for Sound System; and Best Book for Morrissey's Autobiography.