Sadiq Khan was booed by the crowd at the NME Awards on Thursday night (March 3) over the tube strikes that have enraged commuters this week.
Major tube strikes have affected the entire London Underground network this week, with mass strikes on Tuesday (March 1st) and Thursday (March 3rd). It’s about jobs, pensions and working conditions.
The Mayor of London was at the Music Awards ceremony last night (2 March) to present an award for the best UK solo act.
After taking the stage, Khan was quickly booed by the crowd, leading his co-host Ghetts to joke that the mayor’s poor reception was beyond London’s congestion charge.
While on stage, he took the opportunity to attack the Prime Minister for the Downing Street Christmas celebrations, saying: “This is how you have a safe and legal party.”
Visitors to the show, which saw Irish punk band Fontaine DC named best band in the world, tweeted about Khan’s poor reception, with one posting three skull and crossbones emojis and the words, “Everyone booed Sadiq Khan.”
Another added: “Tonight’s NME awards were painful. The sound was the worst I’ve ever experienced…I couldn’t understand anyone for 80% of it. The chemistry between Daisy and LL was super uncomfortable. The best part was when Sadiq Khan got huge boos.”
A third wrote: “Nice to miss completely and fart @SadiqKhan at the @NME Awards and try to piss off Boris Johnson’s party at a party when he could clean up the chaos of the tube strikes. Instead, people who have to work in the morning are fooled by the strike.”
Punk-grime duo Bob Vylan, who presented Reading & Leeds with the award for Best Festival in Britain, said on stage: “Sadiq Khan is in the house you know?
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“Sadiq, you have to sort these trains. Do you understand? You gotta keep this town moving, bro, ’cause people have to go to work, you know? Come on, we have to do better.”
One of the night’s big winners was Newcastle singer Sam Fender, who received two awards for his record, including best album in the world Seventeen go downwhile Halsey received the Innovation Award and Neneh Cherry was honored with the Icon Award.
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