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  • 28 February 2013, 7:26

NME Awards: Rolling Stones And Florence Win

The Rolling Stones and Florence Welch have emerged the big winners at the NME Awards, taking home two gongs each.

The Stones, who played a series of 50th anniversary concerts last year, were named best live band, while their documentary Crossfire Hurricane landed the best film prize.

Welch, of indie rock band Florence + The Machine, was named best solo artist.

The 26-year-old also provided the vocals to the track that was named best dancefloor anthem, Sweet Nothing by Calvin Harris.

The event, which was staged at east London venue The Troxy, saw rock trio Biffy Clyro named best British band, while The Killers landed the best international band prize.

Former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr took NME's godlike genius award for his 30 years of music-making.

Marr has worked with acts such as Modest Mouse, Pet Shop Boys, Talking Heads and The Pretenders.

The Cribs - for whom Marr was briefly a guitarist - took the prize for outstanding contribution to music.

Given To The Wild by Maccabees, which was among the nominees for last year's Mercury Prize, took the award for best album.

One Direction picked up a global success prize at last week's Brit Awards, but failed to excite at the NMEs.

They were named worst band, and frontman Harry Styles was declared villain of the year.

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