Rock groups Kasabian, Muse lead major British awards

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Rock groups Kasabian and Muse were the kings of a major British music awards ceremony, while US superstar Lady Gaga's outlandish outfits were praised and attacked in equal measure.

There was disappointment for recently split rockers Oasis at the London event staged by leading British music magazine NME Wednesday, however, who failed to pick up a single gong despite receiving three nominations.

Rockers Kasabian scooped best album and best album artwork awards for "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum".

The awards represented more success after being named best British group earlier this month at the country's top music awards the Brits.

Muse picked up two awards, beating tough competition to be named British band of the year as well as receiving the best website award.

In the awards voted for by the NME's readers, Lady Gaga picked up the gong for best dressed star - but was also judged to be the worst dressed.

Her extravagant dress sense was on display earlier in the month at the Brits, where she wore a lace outfit with a huge white wig and mask.

American rockers Rage Against the Machine were hailed heroes of the year for making it to the number one spot in the Christmas charts - and keeping a singer from television talent show X-Factor off the top spot.

There was also an award for veteran British rocker Paul Weller, who was received NME's "Godlike Genius" award.

"What can I say - it's taken them 30 years to realise it," he said as he played a song to close the show.

There were also performances from Kasabian and American band Hole at the awards, which saw 3.6 million votes cast, according to the NME.

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