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Juliette Lewis, Biffy Clyro and Hurts have hit the red carpet at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 tonight (February 23).

Actress Lewis said she was excited to see PJ Harvey later on, her character having sung Harvey‘s song ‘Hardly Wait’ in the 1995 movie ‘Strange Days’. The British singer is set to play live and pick up the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music gong.

“I’m excited!” exclaimed Lewis. “She’s an inspiration to me. It’s going to be wild.”

Biffy Clyro‘s Simon Neil, meanwhile, had more carnal thoughts on his mind as he chatted to NME at the O2 Academy Brixton.

“There’s going to be lots of shenanigans,” declared the frontman, whose band are up for the Best Live Band and Best British Band trophies. “We’ve not eaten today and that’s for a reason. The Drums look hot. Someone’s going to have sex with them.”

HurtsTheo Hutchcraft was keen to pay tribute to Dave Grohl, who’s set to receive the Godlike Genius award later and play live with Foo Fighters.

“I’ve been drinking for a year to prepare,” he declared. “[Foo Fighters‘] ’Everlong’ was the first song I learned on guitar.

Everything Everything singer Jonathan Everything, meanwhile, was humble about being invited. “I don’t really know why we are here,” he laughed. “I don’t think we’ll ever be invited back…”

Patrick Wolf, Marina Diamandis, Warpaint, Foo Fighters, Carl Barat, The Vaccines, Mark Ronson, John Lydon, PJ Harvey and My Chemical Romance have also walked down the red carpet already – keep checking NME.COM/awards for updates.

NME.COM is coming live from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton tonight. Keep checking NME.COM/awards for news, photo galleries, blogs, video interviews and more.

Tune into NME Radio and NME TV for further coverage throughout the week.

Get next week’s issue of NME for the ultimate report on the evening’s events. It’s on UK newsstands or available digitally from next Wednesday (March 2).

Watch the ceremony on Channel 4 on Saturday night (26) at 11.20pm (GMT). Earlier in the day, at 11.25am on the same channel, T4 will broadcast their coverage of the ceremony.

Buy music by tonight’s award winners at Amazon.co.uk.

The NME Awards Big Gig takes place on Friday (25). Godlike Genius Dave Grohl‘s band Foo Fighters headline, with Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age also on the bill.