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Arctic Monkeys dominate NME awards again
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British rock band Arctic Monkeys perform during a concert at the Benicassim International Festival in the eastern Spanish town of Benicassim July 22, 2007. [Agencies]

Sheffield rockers the Arctic Monkeys dominated the NME music awards on Thursday by scooping the best British band, best track and best video prizes.

It was the third year running that the quartet had made the headlines at the annual awards chosen by NME readers. The magazine called them "the biggest band of a generation."

Eight days ago, the group won the best band and best album categories at the Brits, which are voted on by members of the music industry.

It was a bad night for soul singer Amy Winehouse, who picked up five Grammy awards this month after checking into rehab in January. Nominated in four NME categories, she won just one award, for worst dressed.

Klaxons walked away with the best album award for "Myths of the Near Future" and newcomer Kate Nash took the best solo artist award.

The Enemy was named best new band, Muse won best live band and U.S. rock act The Killers won best international band for the second year in a row.

Pete Doherty, lead singer of the Babyshambles and a tabloid favorite as the ex-boyfriend of supermodel Kate Moss with a history of drug-related problems, was named hero of the year.

Australian pop star Kylie Minogue was voted sexiest woman.

(China Daily February 29, 2008)

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