They were named best British band and scooped best album, for 48:13, at the ceremony at Brixton Academy, south London, on Wednesday night.
The band, who opened this year’s Bafta awards ceremony, have been vocal in their criticism of the Brits, with lead guitarist Sergio Pizzorno accusing organisers of “trying to shut out rock’n’roll” and more recently stating that a win for the multi-nominated Ed Sheeran would be a “victory for squares”.
Pizzorno won the NME award for best quote for saying of his band’s headline slot at Glastonbury last year: “Five records, 10 years, we’ve earned our shot.”
Other big winners on the night included the London singer Jamie T, whose track Zombie picked up best song and best video, and whose comeback after five years was named music moment of the year. Royal Blood were named best new band and best live band.
Jake Bugg picked up best solo artist, seeing off competition from the likes of Lana Del Rey and St Vincent, while hero of the year was Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner. The NME godlike genius award went to Suede.
Mike Williams, the NME editor, said: “It’s been an astounding year of comebacks and triumphs for Kasabian and Jamie T and their awards tonight prove it. The fans have spoken and along with newcomers Royal Blood they have been undoubtedly anointed as the biggest acts in the country right now.”