Band beat Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and more

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Muse were crowned Best Band at the 2011 Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 23) – the second year in a row they’ve won the honour.

As their award was announced, frontman Matt Bellamy was chatting to fellow award winner Michael Eavis, whose Glastonbury festival the band headlined in 2010.

Paying tribute to the evening’s Godlike Genius recipient, Muse drummer Dom Howard said on collecting the award: “I’d like to congratulate Dave Grohl, the busiest man in rock music.”

“Isn’t Michael Eavis the nicest guy in the world – he was giving me farming tips,” added Matt Bellamy, referring to the pair’s interrupted conversation.

The Devon trio beat fellow nominees Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Biffy Clyro and Foals to win the award, which is supported by Shockwaves.

The band first won the award in 2007. They took it home again at last year’s ceremony, which like tonight’s was held at the O2 Academy Brixton in London.

The KillersRonnie Vannucci and actress Jaime Winstone read out the nominations.

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.