- 03 Mar 22
Aisling Bea was also named best TV Actor – and dedicated her award to Dolores O'Riordan.
Ahead of the release of their highly anticipated third album, Skinty Fia, next month, Fontaines D.C. have been crowned Best Band In The World at the NME Awards 2022, held at the O2 Academy Brixton in London last night.
The Irish band beat out stiff competition in their category – with Wolf Alice, HAIM, Amyl & The Sniffers, Ben&Ben, Bring Me The Horizon, CHVRCHES, Glass Animals, Måneskin and Nova Twins also nominated.
In his acceptance speech, Grian Chatten playfully referenced the UK government's lockdown-parties controversy, remarking: "We're going to party like Number 10 tonight!"
Kildare's Aisling Bea also scored the top prize in the Best TV Actor category, for her role as Áine in the acclaimed series This Way Up – having been shortlisted alongside Mae Martin, Ncuti Gatwa, Olly Alexander and Zendaya.
"Myself and Sharon Horgan had a moment [in This Way Up] where we sang ‘Zombie’ by The Cranberries, and it took off," she said when collecting her award. "I would like to dedicate this award to the late, great Dolores O’Riordan, who I am in awe of.”
Bea and Fontaines D.C. were spotted celebrating together at the ceremony:
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Other notable winners on the night included Jacob Rees-Mogg (Villain Of The Year), FKA twigs (Godlike Genius), Halsey (Innovation Award), Neneh Cherry (Icon Award), Jack Antonoff (Songwriter Award), Liam Gallagher's Free Concert for NHS Workers (Music Moment Of The Year), Sam Fender's Seventeen Going Under (Best Album In The World), Lorde's 'Solar Power' (Best Song In The World), Burna Boy (Best Solo Act In The World), Olivia Rodrigo (Best New Act In The World), Rina Sawayama (Best Live Act) and Wolf Alice (Best Festival Headliner). See the full list of winners here.
Fontaines D.C. are set to release their new album, Skinty Fia, on April 22, via Partisan Records. Following their livestreamed Jameson Connects gig on St Patrick's Day, they embark on a major tour of Europe later this month – before heading to North America. They'll be back in Europe for the festival circuit this the summer, and will play two shows in the Iveagh Gardens, Dublin on July 2 and 3.