The NME Awards 2015 took place at Brixton Academy last night. Naturally a lot of people whom the magazine like and celebrate were there – imagine the likes of Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, etc. and you're 60% of the way there.

When it was time for Dean Blunt to pick up the Philip Hall Radar Award for best up-and-coming artist, given to one new editor-chosen act every year, the man himself was not the one who appeared onstage to collect the prize from Jarvis Cocker.

Apparently Mr. Blunt wasn't even in the building. Maybe he had better things to do. His proxy, who said "Thanks to the man upstairs, thanks NME, I finally made it!" as he collected the award, is pictured below. Never has the middle-finger-shaped award been so apt – and so aptly ironic.

• Oh and apparently the NME might be "going free" after next week but the magazine denied the rumours so no one's sure.