The Shockwave Awards, chosen by readers of the excellent British music mag NME, are like a cross between the Grammys and the MTV Movie Awards. There are all of the usual categories, like Best New Band and Best Album, plus some completely wacky ones, including Worst Band and Worst Dressed, which makes them more fun than our stodgy Grammys.
More than anything, of course, the Shockwaves are a place to see and be seen. This year's ceremony, held Thursday in London, was attended by hipsters galore: Jarvis Cocker and the Gossip's Beth Ditto, Kate Moss and Pete Doherty, Franz Ferdinand, and the Killers, who won for Best Video. For a full list of winners,
2007 Shockwaves Award Winners
Best British Band: Muse
Best International Band: My Chemical Romance
Best Solo Artist: Jamie T
Best New Band: Klaxons
Best Live Band: Kasabian
Best Album: Arctic Monkeys, Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not
Best Track: The View, "Wasted Little DJs"
Best Video: The Killers, "Bones"
Best Music DVD: Arctic Monkeys, Scummy Man
Hero Of The Year: Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance)
Worst Band: Panic! At The Disco
Worst Album: Robbie Williams, Rudebox
Worst Dressed: Lily Allen
Best Dressed: Farris Rotter
Villain Of The Year: George W Bush
Best Venue: Carling Brixton Academy
Best Live Event: Carling Weekend, Reading And Leeds Festivals
Best Website: YouTube
Sexiest Woman: Kate Moss
Sexiest Man: Matt Bellamy