In this week's NME, on sale across the UK from March 4, we go access all areas at the biggest rock 'n' roll bash of the year - the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009.
Inside, you'll find exclusive reports on the whole event, from the red carpet and all 27 winners to the drunken casualties and backstage mayhem.
Find out how Godlike Geniuses The Cure closed the ceremony in spectacular fashion.
Before continuing the party at NME's Big Gig with White Lies, Franz Ferdinand and Crystal Castles.
Pete Doherty delivers an outstanding performance in Glasgow.
Radar meets Asher Roth - aka 'The Anti-Eminem'.
The NME verdict on supergroup Mongrel's debut album.
It's all in our special NME Awards special, on sale Wednesday March 4.