NME readers' faves make way to London ceremony

The Libertines pair Pete Doherty and Carl Barat and The Last Shadow Puppets are among the stars who have arrived at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009.

As the event nears its official start at the O2 Brixton Academy tonight (February 25), NME faves have been treading the red carpet.

“I dunno if I’m looking forward to the Awards – should I be?” asked Doherty. “If I win I will be. Have I written a speech? I improvise these things.”

The star, up for the Best Solo Artist award, then added that he’s hoping for better luck than at previous ceremonies, saying, “I always have bad luck at these awards. I’m usually in rehab or prison or something, but I’m here tonight, so maybe that’s a good sign.”

Barat told NME.COM on arrival, “I’m not quite sure what to expect from tonight, really. I’m up for Sexiest Male, I think, so I hope I win that. I’ll be happy if Glasvegas win though.”

Turner said: “I want Elbow to win tonight. I like Elbow at the moment,” while his Last Shadow Puppets bandmate Miles Kane added: “Yeah, we’re buzzing about tonight. Want to win Best Track, that’d be nice but just glad to be here, it’s boss.”

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.