Pair play together in front of Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks
The group disbanded in 2003 and organisers kept the reunion plans a closely-guarded secret.
‘It was the biggest surprise of the night,’ a source tells the Daily Mirror. ‘Nobody could believe it. Everyone was stunned.
‘Even bands like the Arctic Monkeys and The Kooks were queuing up just to catch a glimpse of their idols.’
Meanwhile, Blur‘s former rivals Oasis were named Best British Band at the ceremony at the O2 Brixton Academy.
Other winners included The Killers, who got Best International Band; Pete Doherty, 29, was Best Solo Act; and Best Album went to Kings Of Leon.
Full list of NME Award winners:
Best British Band – Oasis
Best International Band – The Killers
Best Solo Act – Pete Doherty
Best New Band – MGMT
Best Live Band – Muse
Best Album – Kings Of Leon, Only By The Night
Best Track – MGMT, Time To Pretend
Best Video – The Last Shadow Puppets, My Mistakes Were Made For You
Best Dance Floor Filler – Dizzee Rascal, Dance Wiv Me
Best DVD – Arctic Monkeys, At The Apollo
Best Band Blog – Oasis
Best Album Artwork – Muse, HAARP
Best Dressed – Alexa Chung
Worst Dressed – Amy Winehouse
Worst Album – Jonas Brothers, A Little Bit Longer
Worst Band – Jonas Brothers
Sexiest Male – Matt Bellamy
Sexiest Female – Hayley Williams
Outstanding Contribution To British Music – Elbow
Godlike Genius Award – The Cure