Foals and Arcade Fire lead the way in nominations for this year's Shockwaves NME Awards, which take place in London on Wednesday (February 23). Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance and Hurts are also due to perform live. But the annual bash actually goes back all the way to 1953. Here's a brief history.
Photo: Dean Chalkley/NME
Added: 25 Jan 2011