Elbow kick off Shockwaves NME Awards with 20-piece orchestra

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The band give a spectacular performance of 'Grounds For Divorce'

Elbow have opened the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 tonight (February 25) by playing an epic version of their single ‘Grounds For Divorce’ live at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton.

The band were joined onstage by a 20-strong string and brass section for the performance, which was watched by the members of The Killers, The Cure, Kasabian and Girls Aloud, all of whom are guests at the party.

With Elbow‘s performance over, the awards themselves are now underway, with host Mark Watson overseeing proceedings.

Other performers on the night are set to include Franz Ferdinand, Glasvegas, Friendly Fires and The Cure, along with some very special surprises.

For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.

Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.

There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.

Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.

The Cure will headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London on February 26, with NME.COM again bringing you full coverage.