And Pete Doherty's here!

Arctic Monkeys have made history after being named Best British Band at the ShockWaves NME Awards 2006 tonight (February 23).

The band had earlier won the Best New Band award – it’s the first time in the event’s history that the same band has won both awards.

The group, who chalked up the fastest-selling UK debut album of all time last month with ‘Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I Not, have now claimed a hat-trick after ‘I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor’ was earlier named Best Track.

The Sheffield outfit were given their third prize by actor John Simm, and were joined onstage by pal Keith from We Are Scientists

The awards are currently continuing at the Hammersmith Palais in London, stay tuned to NME.COM for all the latest action.

Then came the shock of Pete Doherty turning up to play ‘Albion’ with Babyshambles. Other live acts tonight included Pete’s ex-Libertines bandmate Carl Barat‘s Dirty Pretty Things, Plan B, Razorlight and Sugababes.

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