Shockwaves NME Awards 2008: Arctic Monkeys crowned Best British Band

Alex Turner and co take home the big prize

Arctic Monkeys have won the Best British Band award supported by Shockwaves at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.

The other nominees for the Best British Band award were Babyshambles, The Cribs, Klaxons and Muse.

It was the band’s third prize of the night – they had already claimed Best Track (‘Fluorescent Adolescent’) and Best Video (‘Teddy Picker’).

Picking up the award from model Agyness Deyne, Alex Turner told the audience: “Thanks everybody and thanks everybody upstairs [where the competition winners were sitting] too. Ta, ta!”

For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.

That’s just the beginning – the ceremony is being broadcast on E4 at 11pm (GMT) tonight (February 28), with highlights following tomorrow (29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm.

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.