Rolling Stones in the Spotlight at NME Awards

Half a century on, the Stones are still racking up award show wins.

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More than 50 years have passed since the Rolling Stones’ first gig and the band is still prevailing at music award shows. The British rock icons took home Best Live Band and Best Music Film at the NME music awards Wednesday, beating out bands like Blur and NME darling Biffy Clyro, the BBC reports. 

On behalf of the band, guitarist Ronnie Wood accepted the awards — a boon for the band’s reunion efforts after losing out to Coldplay at the 2013 Brit Awards in the live act category. According to the Guardian, Wood said the Stones are considering adding more shows this year.

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Florence + The Machine also picked up two awards including Best Solo Artist and Best Dancefloor Anthem for her collaboration with Calvin Harris on ‘Sweet Nothing.’ Singer Florence Welch called the win unexpected, as she was “never sure” if she  was considered a solo artist, NME reports. U.S. group The Killers won Best International Band while One Direction picked up the booby prize for Worst Band.

Former Smiths’ guitarist and rock mainstay Johnny Marr was also honored with NME‘s Godlike Genius award. After a special tribute to the legendary guitarist, Marr quipped, “I’m looking forward to being lazy for the rest of my life.”

The culmination of the evening was a six-song set by Wood, Marr and Justin Young of British indie band The Vaccines, according to NME. The set included a  Marr-Wood rendition of the Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now?” before a final performance of “There is a Light That Never Goes Out.”

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