Rage Against The Machine win Hero Of The Year Shockwaves NME award

LA rockers' Christmas Number One campaign inspires victory

Rage Against The Machine have been revealed as winners of the Hero Of The Year award at tonight's (February 24) Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony took place.

The band's song 'Killing In The Name' was the subject of a successful campaign to get it to the 2009 Christmas Number One spot ahead of The X Factor's Joe McElderry.

The Los Angeles rockers won the award ahead of ex-Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner, Muse's Matt Bellamy and Beyonce, who were all nominated.

The ceremony took place at London's O2 Brixton Academy.

Rage Against The Machine are set to play an X Factor victory gig in London on June 6 then a show in Dublin on June 8. They also play the Download festival later in the month.

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