Arctic Monkeys win first prize of the night at NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas

Sheffield group collect Best Live Band as 2014 ceremony begins

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Arctic Monkeys have picked up the first award of the night at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas, collecting the award for Best Live Band supported by Gig Buddy.

The Awards are currently taking place at O2 Academy Brixton in London, and are being hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenter and NME columnist Huw Stephens. Arctic Monkeys collected their award from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker having beat off competition from Haim, Biffy Clyro, Queens of the Stone Age, Palma Violets and Savages to win the first gong of the evening.

In Pictures - Rock stars hit the red carpet at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas

Arriving onstage to accept the award, frontman Alex Turner said: "As the sun sets on awards season, the big two. I am of course talking about The Oscars and the NME Awards. That said, I'd like to thank the Academy." He then continued, referencing his speech at The Brit Awards, saying: "I'm sorry, I think I used all my best shit last week," before walking offstage.

Prior to the award, Metronomy kicked off The Awards by performing new song 'Love Letters' with MKS. Joe Mount and his band were joined by the original line-up of Sugababes for a special one-off performance of the song, which features on their new album of the same name.

Performances still to come tonight include Best New Band nominees Drenge plus The Horrors, Metronomy and Blondie, who have been named this year's Godlike Genius. The iconic band will collect the award in person and perform at the end of the show. In addition, Belle & Sebastian will receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, and will also perform live.

Paul McCartney will also be at the awards to collect the special, one-off honour of NME's Songwriter's Songwriter, while Damon Albarn will collect the brand new NME Award For Innovation.

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas are being streamed live for the first time in its history this evening. Watch all the action from 8PM at
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