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Arctic Monkeys scoop five NME awards

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Image caption Arctic Monkeys came to the NME Awards fresh from their double success at the Brits

Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys have followed their double triumph at the Brits by winning five NME awards, including best British band and album.

The indie four-piece also won the live band prize, while lead singer Alex Turner was named hero of the year.

Lily Allen was named best solo artist, while former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney collected a songwriting award.

"The great thing about songwriting is that you don't know how you do it," he said as he collected his prize.

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Media captionDebbie Harry and the rest of Blondie were handed the Godlike Genius award

Scottish indie band Belle and Sebastian won the outstanding contribution to music award at this year's ceremony, held at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London.

Blondie picked up the "Godlike Genius" award, going on to perform some of their classic hits at the end of the night.

The veteran US band, fronted by 68-year-old Debbie Harry, played songs including Heart of Glass, Rapture and Atomic.

NME's editor Mike Williams called Harry "the most iconic front-woman rock 'n' roll has ever produced".

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Image caption Sir Paul McCartney received his prize from fellow honouree Damon Albarn

Other winners included Haim, who were named best international band. It was a feat they were unable to achieve at the Brits, where they were beaten by French act Daft Punk.

The band's guitarist and singer Alana Haim picked up another plaudit in her own right for having the best Twitter feed.

The 22-year-old, who tweets tour photos and band escapades under the name @babyhaim, retained the title after first winning it in 2013.

The event also saw Damon Albarn presented an award for innovation for the continual reinvention of his career.

The Blur frontman, who announced plans for his first official solo album last month, received an additional prize for his performance with ex-Oasis star Noel Gallagher last March.

The rare joint appearance from the former Britpop rivals, at a concert in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust, was deemed to be the Music Moment of 2013.

The NME honours, voted for by music fans, covered other areas including best music autobiography, which went to Morrissey's memoir, and best TV show, which went to Breaking Bad.

Yet not all of the trophies were to be celebrated, with One Direction star Harry Styles winning villain of the year for a second year running.

The 1975 were given the dubious honour of worst band, beating the likes of One Direction and The Wanted.

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Image caption Debbie Harry and Lily Allen were among the other awards recipients

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