Acts team up to perform rock classic at 2009 ceremony

Glasvegas and Florence And The Machine‘s Florence Welch joined forces tonight (February 25), playing a cover of a song made famous by Elvis Presley, ‘Suspicious Minds’, at the Shockwaves NME Awards.

Welch shared vocal duties with frontman James Allan for the one-off performance between the two acts at the O2 Academy Brixton ceremony.

Glasvegas applied their trademark guitar blast to the classic to epic effect, Welch wore a long black dress cut off at the front as she and James Allan, without his trademark shades, sang facing each other trading lines.

The acts will be well known to each other having just completed the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour together, which also featured Friendly Fires and White Lies.

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.