Kasabian drummer Ian Matthews, and lead singer Tom Meighan attend the awards.
The Horrors catch up back stage.
Arctic Monkeys accept their award through a video message.
Miles Kane shows off his gnashers.
Tribes horse around at the ceremony.
Jarvis Cocker spots someone he knows.
Noel Fielding soaks up the atmosphere.
Spector frontman Fred Macpherson looks quizzical.
Ghostpoet, looking dapper.
Hurts pretend that they’ve won two awards.
Tim Minchin was thinking of the wrong award. It’s one finger, not two!
Noel Gallagher displays his Godlike Genius award.
Florence Welch holds two fingers up for Best Solo Artist, and Best Song (‘Shake It Out’).
Michael and Emily Eavis. Michael promised that Glastonbury would return in 2013.
Best album winners the Horrors. The group performed a duet of ‘Still Life’ with Florence and the Machine.
Johnny Marr claims Best Re-Issue on behalf of the Smiths.
Godlike Genius Noel Gallagher takes to the O2 Brixton Academy stage.
Noel Gallagher celebrates his Godlike Genius victory.
Noel Gallagher receives the Godlike Genius award.
Noel Gallagher accepts the Godlike Genius award.
Noel Gallagher plays live after receiving the Godlike Genius Award.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds play a set to close out the evening.
The Vaccines onstage at the NME Awards.
The Vaccines play a short set at the O2 Brixton Academy.
The Vaccines perform at the NME Awards.
The Vaccines share a hug onstage.
Marina Diamandis presents an award.
Azealia couldn’t attend the ceremony to accept her award, but fans were treated to the video for ‘212’.
Pulp receive their Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music prize.
Bez presents the Best Reissue (which went to The Smiths).
Florence accepts the Best Track award for her song ‘Shake It Out’.
The Maccabees perform at the NME Awards.
Tim Minchin and Zawe Ashton present the award for Best Album.
Florence Welch and The Horrors treat guests to a stunning collaboration.
The Horrors accept the award for Best Album.
The Horrors say hello to a few lucky fans.
The Midnight Beast present an NME Award.
The Drums arrive in Brixton.
Graham Coxon and Alexa Chung present the Best New Band award to The Vaccines.
Kasabian celebrate their Best British Band award while onstage.
The Horrors and Florence Welch perform ‘Still Life’ together.
The Fresh Meat gang accept the award for Best TV Show.
Kasabian accept the Best British Band award.
Pulp accept their award for the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music.
The Vaccines and The Horrors brothers Tom and Freddie Cowan caught in the crowd together.
The Vaccines accept their award for Best New Band.
Pulp treat the crowd to a short live performance.
Pulp performing at the NME Awards.
Jarvis shows off some moves.
Pulp performing at the O2 Brixton Academy.
Pulp perform a short set for the NME Awards attendees.
Metronomy’s Joe Mount poses for a picture at the NME Awards 2012.
Florence accepts her award for Best Solo Artist.
The photogs stop by Friendly Fires’ table.
Anna Calvi is spotted in the crowd.
Florence accepts her award for Best Solo Artist.
Hurts accept their award for Best Video.
Mat Horne and Layla Lewis present the award for Best Video to Hurts.
Carl Barat takes to the Awards stage.
Guests watch to find out who the big winners are of the night.
Katy B accepts her Dancefloor Anthem award for ‘Broken Record’.
Although they couldn’t be present, Foo Fighters accept their award for Best International Band.
Florence Welch performs at the NME Awards.
Nick Grimshaw and Katy B present the award for Best International Band.
Hurts receive the award for Best Video for their track ‘Sunday’.
The evening’s host Jack Whitehall greets the crowd.
Kasabian run through a few of their hits.
Kasabian performing at the NME Awards 2012.
Kasabian treat the crowd to a couple of songs.
Kasabian kick off the night with a performance.
The NME Awards are in full swing.
Florence awaits to find out if she wins the Best Solo Artist award.
Noel Fielding helps introduce the awards, dressed as The Mighty Boosh‘s Hitcher.
Kasabian perform ‘Switchblade Smiles’ and ‘Days Are Forgotten’.
Tribes smile for the camera.
Tribes, who also recently wrapped up playing on the NME Awards Tour, arrive at the Awards.
Hurts arrive, eager to find out if they will take home any awards.
Friendly Fires arrive.
Metronomy return to O2 Academy Brixton, days after playing there for the NME Awards Tour.
Carl Barat arrives, ready to present the award for Best Video.
Noel Fielding poses for a quick photo.
Johnny Marr arrives at the NME Awards.
The Enemy settle at a table, ready for the big night to begin.
Red carpet action is in full swing.
Ghostpoet arrives on the red carpet.
Spector hit up the NME Awards.
Graham Coxon stops for a chat on the red carpet.
Noel Gallagher and his wife arrive, with the singer ready to pick up the Godlike Genius Award.
The Horrors arrive, ready to perform with Florence + The Machine.
Katy B arrives at the NME Awards.
Stooshe arrive in colourful attire.
The Enemy pose for a photo as they arrive at O2 Academy Brixton.
Miles Kane looks stylish as he hits up the NME Awards.
Bez dances his way down the red carpet.
The Vaccines at the NME Awards 2012.
Fresh from their headline slot on the NME Awards Tour, Two Door Cinema Club arrive.
Graham Coxon hits the red carpet.
The Heartbreaks show up at the ceremony.
Alexa Chung strikes a pose on the red carpet.
The Maccabees show up, ready to perform a track later in the evening.
The NME Awards 2012 kick off.
The Vaccines arrive on the red carpet.
Fans wait in the queue to get into O2 Brixton Academy.
Last preparations are made before the ceremony begins.
A few punters pose for a picture with their pit passes.
Fans wait outside the venue to catch a glimpse of the stars as they pass by on the red carpet.
The tables are set and ready for the awards.
And so February 29th hits. Not does this day mark the Leap Year, but it also marks the NME Awards 2012. You can watch the entire ceremony on Channel 4 on Saturday night (March 3) at 11.55pm (GMT). Half an hour of highlights will be shown on T4 at 9.25am (GMT) the same day. But until then, here’s a look at some photos from O2 Academy Brixton’s big event.
Pulp soundcheck for their performance ahead of the big night.
The Brixton-based music venue is transformed into an awards ceremony hall.
Some of Pulp’s equipment arrives just in time for their soundcheck.
The red carpet is built ahead of the stars’ arrivals.
The Horrors take a break from soundchecking for their live set with Florence + The Machine.
What would a music awards ceremony be without loads of musical instruments and amps?
The evening’s host Jack Whitehall runs through some of his jokes in preparation for his big moment.
The Vaccines run through a few songs to tune up for the evening’s performance.
That’s a lot of musician-filled tables to set up..
The Horrors soundcheck for their NME Awards performance.
The Maccabees squeeze in some rehearsal time ahead of the big night.
The Maccabees soundcheck as the stage is being built up.
Zara Martin and Leah Weller at the Wyld Bar, W Hotel London.
Wretc 32 begins to spell his name with his fingers.
Tinchy Stryder holds court.
Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts and Alexa Chung celebrate Hurts’ win for ‘Best Video’.
Daughter of Annie Lennox, Tali Lennox arrives at the after-party.
Pixie Geldof at the NME Awards after-party.
Pixie Geldof, Radio 1’s Nick Grimshaw and Alexa Chung strike a pose.
Miles Kane wasn’t sad for long though, with Suki Waterhouse
Miles Kane and Serge Pizzorno hug it out at the after-party after Kane loses Best Solo Artist to Florence and the Machine.
Michael Fielding, Lliana Bird and Noel Fielding celebrate after Noel wins ‘Best Book’ at the NME Awards
Lliana Bird and Noel Fielding raise the roof, while brother William Fielding looks on.
Alexa Chung and Miles Kane chat. Probably not about Kane’s Last of the Shaddow Puppets band-mate Alex Turner.
Alexa Chung has a solo breather at the after-party.
Caroline Flack and Florence Welch raise it up at the after-party.
Model and It-Girl Clara Paget shares peroxide tips with Mr Hudson.
Clara Paget and Pixie Geldof both in black at the after-party
Diana Vickers- an unlikely NME reader- arrives at the after-party.
Jamie Hince and Kate Moss: The couple that poses together, stays together.
Kate Moss adds a Chanel colour pop to her outfit.
Katy B ditches trainers for heels and celebrates her first ever award for ‘Dancefloor Anthem’.
Kasabian’s Jay Mehler occupies himself at the NME awards after-party.
Florence Welch chucks her shoes and embraces the dancefloor.
Florence Welch tries to ignore her photo-bombing friend.
Awards host and best tv show-winner Jack Whitehall arrives at the after-party.