Taylor Swift accepted her ‘International Solo Artist of the Year’ award supported by Nikon with a video message from her home, in which she jokingly referred to the iconic design of the NME Award as ‘feeling a little aggressive’ before deciding that it is in fact ‘cheeky’ before granting it a place on her mantelpiece.

About the NME Awards

Dating back to 1953 (a year after the launch of NME), the NME Awards has remained one of the most important and prestigious events for British music fans. Some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history have performed at the NME Awards, including: Ronnie Scott (’53), The Beatles (’63/4), Rolling Stones (’66), The Who (’66), Noel Gallagher (’03), New Order (’05), Ian Brown (’06), The Cure (’09), Dave Grohl (’11), Johnny Marr (’13), Blondie (’14) and Suede (’15).


About Austin CVB

The Austin Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing and sales organization for the City of Austin. An accredited member of the Destination Marketing Association International, the Austin CVB is charged with marketing Austin nationally and internationally as a premier business and leisure destination, thus enriching our community’s overall quality of life. Locally, travel supports an estimated 58,000 jobs and pumps approximately $6.8 billion into Austin’s economy.

Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World®. For festival goers ACL Festival features a diverse line-up of acts every year with 8 stages, more than 130 bands – and now, two weekends. Other festivals include Fun, Fun, Fun Fest and Levitation, both offering a diverse array of music acts.

 Austin is also a leading destination for independent and large budget films as well as television and commercial productions. Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue that hosts approximately 100 concerts a year.

For sports enthusiasts Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (COTA) is a multi-purpose facility that hosts the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. In 2016 the X Games will also return to COTA.

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