New award for pop princess Kylie

Chart princess Kylie Minogue continued her winning streak today as she was named best pop act at the NME Carling Awards.

U2 collected their best live act prize with a nod to seventies band, The Ramones. Bono and the boys - in the US to attend the Grammys later this week - had recorded a version of Ramones single Beat On The Brat as part of their taped acceptance.

Single of the year at today’s awards went to Northern Ireland band Ash for Burn Baby Burn.

The biggest winners of the day were US guitar band The Strokes, who landed three trophies including best band.

The New York quintet also landed the best album prize for their debut Is This It and best newcomer at the event held in east London.

The Strokes - named best international newcomers at the Brits last week - found fame after being championed in the UK.

They were signed up by British label Rough Trade on the strength of a rough demo showcasing their retro sound - relying heavily on bands like Television and Talking Heads - when they were almost unheard of in the US.

Other big winners at the annual bash, seen as a less mainstream alternative to the Brits, were The Charlatans.

The band, whose chart career spans nearly 12 years, took the prize for best Radio 1 evening session and for their outstanding contribution to NME.

Radiohead’s mesmerising promo for Pyramid Song won best video.

US singer Aaliyah, killed in a plane crash last year, was given a posthumous award as best R’n’B/soul act which was collected by chart trio Mis-teeq.

Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown was named best solo act, while Basement Jaxx took best dance act.

Kylie was the star of the Brits last week when she collected best international album for Fever and best international female.

Her raunchy routine onstage stole the show as she performed in a bodiced microdress, cheekily lifting the hem to bare her bottom.

The annual Godlike Genius award, presented to U2 last year, went to rock photographer Pennie Smith - known for her infamous shot of Paul Simonon on the Clash’s London Calling LP Cover - and music journalist Nick Kent, a former NME writer.

Full list of winners:

:: Best new act - The Strokes.

:: Single of the year - Burn Baby Burn, Ash.

:: Best solo artist - Ian Brown.

:: Best live act - U2.

:: Best music video - Pyramid Song, Radiohead.

:: Best TV show - The Office.

:: Best radio show - The Evening Session, Radio 1.

:: Best Radio 1 session - The Charlatans.

:: Best hip hop/rap act - Missy Elliott.

:: Best r&b/soul act - Aaliyah.

:: Best dance act - Basement Jaxx.

:: Best metal act - The Lostprophets.

:: Best pop act - Kylie Minogue.

:: Carling album of the year - Is This It, The Strokes.

:: Band of the year - The Strokes.

:: Best film - Moulin Rouge.

:: Outstanding contribution to NME - The Charlatans.

:: Phillip Hall ‘‘On’’ award - The Coral.

:: ‘‘Godlike Genius’’ award - photographer Pennie Smith & journalist Nick Kent.

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