Sheffield band also beat Kasabian and Biffy Clyro to gong
Arctic Monkeys have won the Best Live Band award at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 24).
The band got the nod ahead of Muse, who have won the honour for the past two years.
Drummer Matt Helders, who collected the award with bassist Nick O’Malley, had previously joked that the award should be named the “Muse award”, but it was his band who were triumphant over the Devon three-piece, who were still nominated, on this occasion.
“Thanks a lot for this award, this is the one that means a lot,” Helders said before he quipped: “Sorry Alex and Jamie couldn’t be here. They’re away filming the prequel to Twilight.”
The award was presented by guest presenters The Courteeners‘ Liam Fray and Skins actress Kaya Scodalario at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton.
Get the special Shockwaves NME Awards issue of NME, out now, featuring a free Domino records CD, then next week’s NME (out March 3) for the ultimate Awards review.