Lily Allen at the NME Awards 2014

Lily Allen won Best Solo Artist at the NME Awards 2014

Despite allegedly 'retiring' from the music industry back in 2011, Lily Allen has managed to bag the Best Solo Artist trophy at this year's NME Award. And she hasn't even got an album out yet.

Continuing her love of neon dressing – remember that clashing Vivienne Westwood gown at the Baftas and the House of Holland frock at the Brits – Lily took to the stage in a bright colour block shift by Roksanda Ilincic. The singer accessoried her outfit with a Louis Vuitton handbag, and fluffy green and blue coat.

The 28-year-old star beat David Bowie, Kanye West and Sir Paul McCartney to the win the title, which was voted for by the public. Just goes to show that Lil's more popular than ever, despite her three-year absence.

Debbie Harry at the NME Awards

The star returned to the music scene in December, with her cover of Keane's Somewehere Only We Know for the John Lewis Christmas ad. While that might have seemed somewhat saccharine for the outspoken pop star, her single Hard Out Here quickly roused debate over its provocative content.

Perhaps Kanye won't feel too sad he lost out to Lily, given that her upcoming album – Sheezus – is in homage to West's Yeezus record.

Lily Allen with her broken NME trophy

Lily also took the stage again to present the inimitable Debbie Harry with the Godlike Genius Award. Let's hope Debbie's trophy fared better than Lily's, which broke promptly after the singer collected it.

Speaking on the red carpet, Lily admitted she was enjoying being back in the spotlight: 'I'd be lying if I didn't like the attention, of course I do.'

That's the Lily Allen we all know and love...

By Olivia Marks

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