March 1, 2013

Blur wins Best Reissue at NME Awards 2013

Although this year is full of blurry excitement for the 2013 Blur world tour and it's upcoming gigs, last year wasn't quite as extravagant. 2012 was a rather special and touching year for Blur, having headlined the London Olympics closing ceremony concert and playing in front of many for the landmark event. Coupled with the Olympics, Blur also released their new single 'Under the Westway' / 'The Puritan' together with a re-issue of the band's entire collection in a special box set to mark their 21st anniversary.

Now in 2013, Blur finally gets recognition for their subtle new releases last year. The band have received the award for 'Best Reissue' at the 2013 NME Awards held on February 27th for the 'Blur 21' boxset. Unfortunately they did not win the award for 'Best Live Band', which was given to The Rolling Stones.

In his acceptance speech, Graham Coxon said that "This was the box set that was in my cupboard for about twenty years but it was on cassette in a shoebox". Graham was joined onstage by Alex James. Scroll down for the video of Blur at the awards.

Check out this funny rundown of the awards night. And since the awards were voted for by fans online, a big congratulations to everyone who voted and to Blur!

Blur Tour 2013 - Full dates and rundown  HERE
Blur confirmed for Mexico HERE
Blur Europe Tour News  HERE
Order the new Blur: Parklife (Live at Hyde Park CD / DVD) HERE


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January 25, 2013

Blur nominated for 2013 NME Award - Vote Now!

Head's up - Blur has made a re-appearance in the NME Awards of 2013 by being nominated for two awards.

Yes, that's right - Blur have been nominated for the "Best Re-Issue Award" and the "Best Live Band" of 2013 Award in the prestigious music ceremony, to be held in East London on the 27th February. Other contestants for various awards include MIA, Noel Gallagher, David Cameron, One Direction and The Rolling Stones, amongst other high profile stars.

Blur are up against the following artists for their two awards:

Best Re-Issue

  1. Manic Street Preachers, 'Generation Terrorists'
  2. Blur, '21'
  3. Prodigy, 'The Fat Of The Land'
  4. Interpol, 'Turn On The Bright Lights' 
  5. Smashing Pumpkins, 'Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness'
  6. Ian Brown, 'Collected' 

Best Live Band

  1. The Maccabees
  2. The Cribs
  3. Blur
  4. Biffy Clyro
  5. Foals
  6. The Rolling Stones
The band is no new-comer to the NME Awards; Blur first performed on stage at this very show in 2009 (a rusty, raw and slightly emotional version of 'This is a Low') for their comeback announcement during their reform, and have been nominated for awards nearly every year where they released new material.

Cast your votes for Blur by heading over to NME's voting page HERE (Ends on February 20th). And let us know what you think by voting in our poll below. Winners will be announced the week after at the East London venue in Troxy.

Will Blur take away an award this year ?