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NME Awards 2020: Taylor Swift makes surprise appearance at London's rowdy music awards

The 'Shake it Off' singer took home the award for Best Solo Act in the World

She's attended plenty of music ceremonies in her time, but Wednesday night's NME Awards were "the craziest" Taylor Swift has ever been to.

The American singer made a surprise appearance at the bash in London's O2 Academy Brixton, accepting a trophy for Best Solo Act in the World on stage.

The You Need to Calm Down star, who wore a pinstriped ensemble by Monse for the occasion, told the crowd she was honoured to have a matching set, having won Best International Solo Artist in 2016.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the red carpet arrivals at the NME Awards 2020.

“This is my first time at the NME Awards, and like, I just feel like everyone here is so shy, so reserved," the 30-year-old said in her acceptance speech. "Are you guys having any fun tonight? Are you going to come out of your shells at all? Oh, wait no. This is like the craziest award show I’ve ever been to.”

The night had earlier taken a turn as UK rapper Slowthai threw a glass and microphone into the audience while on stage to accept his Hero Of The Year award. The British musician, who appeared to have been angered by a heckler's comment, was subsequently restrained by security.

The NME Awards were first launched in 1953 by UK music magazine New Musical Express

Here's a full list of the night's winners:

Best Live Act: Foals

Best Festival Headliner: The Cure

Best New Act in the World: Clairo

Best Festival in the World: Glastonbury

NME Radar Award: Beabadoobee

Innovation Award: The 1975

Best Music Video: Yungblud, Original Me

Best New British Act: Easy Life

Best Collaboration: Slowthai + Mura Masa

Icon Award: Courtney Love

Best Film: Blue Story

Best Podcast: Have You Heard George’s Podcast?

Best TV Series: Peaky Blinders

Best Music Film: Liam Gallagher, As It Was

Best British Song: AJ Tracey, Ladbroke Grove

Best Song in the World: Billie Eilish, Bad Guy

Best British Album: Little Simz, Grey Area

Best Album in the World: Lana Del Rey, Norman ... Rockwell

Songwriter of the Decade: Robyn

Best British Solo Act: FKA twigs

Best Solo Act in the World: Taylor Swift

Best British Band: The 1975

Best Band in the World: Slipknot

Godlike Genius Award: Emily Eavis

Updated: February 13, 2020 11:59 AM

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