Styles laughs off 'villain' NME award

One Direction 'villain' takes his double win at NME Awards with good grace, while Aussie band misses out entirely.

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Harry Styles has laughed off being named the villain of the year at a UK awards ceremony.

The 19 year old was given the joke prize at Wednesday's NME Awards, beating the likes of Psy and Azealia Banks.

One Direction also picked up the award for worst band for the second year in a row, but Harry was able to put on a brave face.

Styles and bandmates Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Zayn Malik and Louis Tomlinson are busy with the Scottish leg of their Take Me Home tour, which seems to be a welcome distraction from the light-hearted criticism.


Last year's Villain of the Year gong went to teen icon Justin Bieber, who didn't make the category this year, but did receive a nomination for worst band.

In the lead up to the awards show, Styles made it clear he didn't think he deserved to be named a villain.

"I don't think I've done anything that bad, have I?" he said. "I wouldn't say villain. But I don't know, we'll see."

Taking home some more flattering honours were The Rolling Stones and Florence Welch, who were crowned Best Live Band and Best Solo Artist respectively.

Redhead Florence also bagged the Best Dance Floor Anthem title for track Sweet Nothing, her collaboration with Calvin Harris.

The Killers also had a successful evening, winning the award for Best International Band, while US President Barack Obama was named Hero of the Year.

And thank you to @NME for my award tonight. Gotta take the rough with the smooth eh? (sic).

Perth band Tame Impala scored four nominations - Best Album (for Lonerism), Best International Band, Best Track (Elephant) and Best Video (Feels Like We Only Go Backwards) - but failed to land a major prize.

Winners of the 2013 NME Awards:

Best British Band (supported by Sonos)
Winner: Biffy Clyro

Best International Band (supported by Rekorderlig)
Winner: The Killers

Best Solo Artist
Winner: Florence + The Machine

Best New Band (supported by Spotify)
Winner: Palma Violets

Best Live Band (supported by Carling)
Winner: Rolling Stones

Best Album (supported by Hoxton Gin)
Winner: The Maccabees – 'Given To The Wild'

Best Track (supported by Blackstar Amps)
Winner: Foals – 'Inhaler'

Dancefloor Anthem
Winner: Calvin Harris feat. Florence – 'Sweet Nothing'

Best Video (supported by NMEVideo.com)
Winner: Arctic Monkeys – 'R U Mine'

Best TVShow
Winner: 'Fresh Meat'

Best Festival (Supported by Farah Vintage)
Winner: Reading & Leeds

Best Music Film
Winner: 'Crossfire Hurricane' – Rolling Stones

Best Reissue
Winner: Blur – '21'

Best Twitter 
Winner: Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim)

Best Book 
Winner: Mike Skinner, The Story Of The Streets

Music Moment Of The Year 
Winner: Olympics opening ceremony

Hero Of The Year 
Winner: Barack Obama

Villain Of The Year
Winner: Harry Styles

Best Small Festival 
Winner: Festival No.6

Worst Band
Winner: One Direction

Best Fan Community 
Winner: Muse

Best Film 
Winner: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

Hottest Man
Matt Bellamy

Hottest Woman
Amy Lee

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