Arctic Monkeys take home five NME awards

London: Indie rock band 'Arctic Monkeys' have bagged five New Musical Express awards, including best British band and album.

The band, formed in 2002, also won the live band prize, while lead singer Alex Turner was named hero of the year, reported BBC news. Artist and actress Lily Allen bagged the best solo artist award while former Beatles member Paul McCartney collected a songwriting award.

"The great thing about songwriting is that you don't know how you do it," he said while collecting the prize. The event also saw frontman of the rock band 'Blur' Damon Albarn being awarded for innovation for the continual reinvention of his career.

Other winners included Haim, who were named best international band. It was a feat they were unable to achieve at the Brits, where they were beaten by French act Daft Punk. The band's guitarist and singer Alana Haim picked up another plaudit in her own right for having the best Twitter feed.

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