Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood was there to accept the awards on behalf of the band. On stage, he during one of his acceptance speeches about absent band mates Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts: "Mick, Keith and Charlie are backstage, but they're a bit scared to come out."
The NME Awards are voted for by readers of NME magazine.
As previously reported, the Rolling Stones were nominated for two other prizes at the NME Awards: Best Book (for "Rolling Stones: 50) and Best Music Moment (Rolling Stones play London's O2 Arena). Mike Skinner's "The Story of the Streets" won the prize for Best Book, while the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony was named the Best Music Moment.
Wood presented the God-like Genius Award to Johnny Marr, former guitarist of the Smiths. Marr and Wood later performed the Smiths classic "How Soon Is Now?" on stage at the award show.
A complete list of winners can be found at NME's website.