Bands hit the red carpet at O2 Academy Brixton
The acts have been treading down the red carpet at the O2 Academy Brixton in London tonight (February 23).
My Chemical Romance will be hoping for a fruitful night – they are up for five awards, and are set to perform at the ceremony. Frontman Gerard Way said he was “excited” about the night, describing it as “an honour” to be part of the event.
Lydon, meanwhile, is up for the Best Book award for Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook – and wasn’t ashamed to admit that he was in plugging mode.
“I’ve got a book out haven’t I, that’s why I’m here,” he told NME. “I don’t know anything about who else is showing up and I don’t know any of the bands either. Why are you here? Well, you invited me so I came. I didn’t have anything else to do tonight so I thought I’d make myself known.”
PJ Harvey is set to perform and receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music honour later tonight, and seemed relaxed before her performance.
“I’m really looking forward to playing,” she said. “Everything went fine in rehearsals. I’m glad for this [the award], you know? It’s nice to have the recognition for the work I’ve done so far. It’s a welcome thing for me.”
More stars are arriving on the red carpet – keep checking back for updates.
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).