February 23, 2006

New sensation Arctic Monkeys grab three NME awards

LONDON (Reuters) - The Arctic Monkeys, who have ridden a
wave of Internet hype to top the charts, stole the headlines at
the NME music awards on Thursday with three prizes, including
Best British Band.

The young quartet from Sheffield became the first group at
the NME awards to be named Best New Band and Best British Band,
and also picked up the Best Track award for their high-octane
No. 1 single "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor."

The song is one of two singles released so far from their
debut album "Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not,"
which became the fastest-selling debut album in British history
last month.

More than 360,000 copies were sold in the first week alone,
prompting comparisons with Oasis and even the Beatles in terms
of instant impact.

The Kaiser Chiefs, who had led the nominations stakes with
six, won only one award on the night, although it was the high
profile Best Album category for "Employment."

The NME, or New Musical Express, bases its decisions on
what the fans say. More than 80,000 people took part in this
year's voting.

The Best Live Band award went to Scottish rockers Franz
Ferdinand, and veterans Oasis did not go home empty-handed,
winning the Best Video category for "The Importance of Being

Other prizes on the night included Best International Band,
which went to The Strokes, and Best Solo Artist, which went to
Chicago rapper Kanye West.