The finest in music descend on O2 Brixton Academy for the most rock'n'roll night of the year. Check out all the pictures from the evening, including all the winners, all the performers, and of course, the gossip - shot by Nikon.
Tonight’s the night! The beautiful O2 Academy Brixton getting ready for the fun ahead
Domino’s delivery guy found his way onto the red carpet, where he posed for the photographers.
NME Awards guests (inside and out of the venue) enjoyed freshly handmade Domino’s pizzas before the ceremony kicked off.
There were plenty of refreshing Red Stripes on hand for our thirsty guests, too.
Michael Kiwanuka arrives on the Red Carpet in hopes of winning Best British Solo Male supported by The Pilot Pen company.
Rat Boy is here too! He won Best New Band in 2016.
Jetting in from New York – it’s Sunflower Bean
Legendary UK rapper M.I.A. in the building
Charli XCX – winner of Best British Female Solo in 2016
Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN – Dua Lipa
NME editor Mike Williams gets things off to a rousing start as he implores tonight’s attendees to make the music to change the world
Radio 1’s Huw Stephens acted as compere for the evening, looking very dapper in a TOPMAN suit.
Bastille kicked off the evening with a massive performance of ‘Good Grief’
Dan Smith and co. got the crowd off to bouncing start
Smith’s falsetto vocals were in fine form as always
Bastille got into the sweary spirit of the thing while posing with their award for Best Album sponsored by HMV, although Dan’s inherently inoffensive nature clearly wouldn’t allow him to flip two birds at once. Reports that their award was lost in the fire fire fire after the ceremony were unconfirmed as we went to print.
Christine and The Queens picked up the award for Best International Female supported by VO5
A guest gets busy with the Pilot pens and stationery left on the tables.
Soon after Dua Lipa beat out Blossoms and Anderson .Paak for Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN
Wiley and Skepta – greatness only
Dua Lipa then treated the crowd to her mega-hit ‘Be The One’
Massive vocals, big beats – Lipa’s performance staked her claim for 2017’s big breakout
After being awarded Outstanding Contribution to Music, Wiley aired two tracks from his latest album ‘Godfather’
Starting off with ‘Speakerbox’, he then launched into a bombastic version of ‘Can’t Go Wrong’
Metallica picked up the award for Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas and sent a video message to those at O2 Academy Brixton.
Louis Theroux picked up the iconic middle finger for Best Film for his doc ‘My Scientology Movie’
Hurts’ Theo Hutchcraft turned up looking very smart to enjoy all the chaos with a delicious Red Stripe.
Some tasty Domino’s in the hands of one lucky star.
The 1975’s Matty Healy was on hand to pick up the gong for Best Live Band supported by Nikon
Next to perform were Bands4Refugees – a supergroup group made of indie and pop stars for a big cause, including Years & Years frontman Olly Alexander
Slaves’ Isaac Holman giving that tambourine a good go
Charli XCX also provided vocals during the rendition of The Rolling Stones’ ‘Gimme Shelter’
You can text REFU to 70700 to contribute £5 to Help Refugees
Charli XCX and Sunflower Bean’s Julia Cumming having a blast
MIA settles in at her table before picking up the award for Best British Female Artist.
Choose Love was the message of the night. Here’s Matty and Olly practicing what they preach.
The mighty Biffy Clyro are old hands at posing with awards, of course, and Simon Neil went straight for the nostril with his Best British Band award supported by Zig-Zag like a seasoned pro.
Neil Tenant then collected the award for Godlike Genius from Johnny Marr
The iconic pop duo then played a career-spanning set including ‘West End Girls’ and ‘Dominos Dancing’
Lasers, banger and gigantic headwear – all in a day’s work
The bombastic ‘Always On My Mind’ brought the end to a majestic close
Guests received goodie bags full of freebies as they left to help them remember their evening.
Guests received Pilot pens for all their autograph needs.
…VO5 hair products to keep them looking sharp.
And rolling papers courtesy of Zig-Zag for the smokers in the room.