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Female artists strike right note at NME Awards in London

From Reuters - February 14, 2018

LONDON (Reuters) - Female musical acts took home a slew of prizes at the NME Awards in London on Wednesday, in a move that artists present welcomed as the entertainment industry reeled from allegations of sexual misconduct against women.

New Zealand songstress Lorde was honored as the best international solo artist, while Haim, a trio of sisters from California, were named best international band. British rapper Stefflon Don was named best new artist at the event.

We feel really good being here because it does feel like a lot of women are nominated but I definitely feel like the majority of awards shows are not representing females, Danielle Haim told Reuters.

Shirley Manson, lead singer of British band Garbage, who was also honored at the event, welcomed the recent focus on the treatment of women in the entertainment industry, spearheaded by the #MeToo campaign on social media.

I think the #MeToo campaign is an opportunity to really continue the conversation and actually facilitate change, whether it will turn out to be the case I dont know. It worries me a little that its a lot talk and little action, she said.

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