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Glasvegas face masks adorn a table during dress rehearsals in the run up to the Shockwaves NME Awards at the O2 Academy Brixton tonight. The band are due to perform at the ceremony in front of a VIP crowd. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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MGMT face cut-outs, as used in dress rehearsals in preparation for tonight's Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 in London. The band are nominated for Best International Band, Best New Band and Best Track. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Friendly Fires soundcheck on stage at the O2 Academy Brixton. The band will perform at tonight's Shockwaves NME Awards, during the ceremony which kicks off at 8.15pm. Stay tuned to NME.COM/Awards for live web cams, winners, videos and more. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Friendly Fires will perform live at tonight's ceremony, the full details of which can be read about in this week's NME magazine. The souvenir box set issue comes with a free CD packed with 14 cover versions from bands paying homage to 2009's Godlike Geniuses The Cure. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Elbow's guitars, lined up backstage and ready for their live performance at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight. Music fans can follow proceedings on Twitter at Twitter.com/nmemagazine - and can join in by Tweeting and including the tag '#nmeawards'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Backstage at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. The kit pictured belongs to Guy Garvey's Elbow, already winners of the Mercury Music Prize and a BRIT this year. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Don't worry, Girls Aloud aren't giving our cameraman 'the bird'. The real band will be at the Awards tonight, assuming these three dress rehearsal impersonators don't cause any more mischief and get them barred. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Friendly Fires soundchecking at Brixton this afternoon (Feb 25). The band played a storming NME show at Brixton last Saturday with Glasvegas, and will be looking forward to a repeat performance at the Awards tonight. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The view from the stage at tonight's Shockwaves NME Awards. Nominees include Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Kings Of Leon, MGMT, White Lies, The Killers, Little Boots and more. Stay tuned to NME.COM/Awards for the winners as they are announced. Photo: Andy Willsher

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And the Award for 'Best Chair' goes to... Watch the real awards once they kick off at 8.15pm, right here on NME.COM/Awards, thanks to our live web cams and video reports happening all night. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The legendary NME Award 'finger'. Bands hoping to take one home tonight include White Lies, Crystal Castles, Oasis, Radiohead and Muse. Photo: Andy Willsher

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More dress rehearsal face masks, this time of the Arctic Monkeys and Last Shadow Puppet Miles Kane. Every award winner will be talking to NME.COM after they collect their trophy. Watch the videos tonight as they come in at NME.COM/Awards. Photo: Andy Willsher

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No stranger to awards ceremonies, Elbow's Guy Garvey struts his stuff during the band's soundcheck at the Shockwaves NME Awards in Brixton. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The venue stands empty and expectant as Elbow run through their soundcheck. They're sitting pretty close to the stage - could this mean another win tonight? Only time will tell... Photo: Andy Willsher

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Alex Kapranos of Franz Ferdinand during the band's soundcheck at the O2 Academy Brixton. The Scots rock outfit will perform at the Shockwaves NME Awards this evening (February 25). Photo: Andy Willsher

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Franz Ferdinand run through their set in the run-up to their performance tonight. The band will also support The Cure tomorrow night (February 26) at the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena. Tickets are still (just!) available at NME.COM/BigGig - be quick.

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Franz Ferdinand soundcheck in Brixton. The band play alongside The Cure, Crystal Castles and White Lies tomorrow night (February 26) at the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena. The final few tickets are still available at NME.COM/BigGig - grab yours now. Photo: Andy Willsher

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The space between the stage and the tables is reserved for photographers and 200 lucky punters. Behind that the tables begin, where the likes of White Lies, Kasabian and Little Boots will enjoy a meal and free booze before proceedings begin. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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The dry ice machine gets a final test run after the bands' soundchecks. Tune in to NME Radio via NME.COM/RADIO from now (6pm) for all the action as it happens. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Sound engineers hard at work during White Lies' pre-Awards soundcheck, about an hour before doors open at the O2 Academy Brixton. White Lies, who are also set to appear at the Big Gig tomorrow, played 'Death' in preparation for their live performance tonight. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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White Lies get set for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Head to NME.COM/AWARDS/WEBCAMS to see if you can spot early arrivals on the red carpet. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Step this way for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009... Photo: Richard Johnson

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The view from the upstairs balcony. As ever, the guest list is a closely guarded secret. Keep checking back to find out who is in attendance for tonight's awards ceremony. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The red carpet gets rolled out, roughly two hours before the ceremony is due to begin. You can hear interviews with early arrivals on NME Radio - listen online at NME.COM/RADIO. Photo: Richard Johnson

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The red carpet, as seen from within the venue. Photographers and fans have begun to gather at the entrance in a bid to catch a glimpse of bands arriving. Photo: Richard Johnson

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The O2 Brixton Academy in south London. Tonight the recently renamed venue plays host to live performances from Franz Ferdinand, White Lies, The Cure, Glasvegas and Florence And The Machine - and some very special guests. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The red carpet gets rolled out in preparation for arrivals at the O2 Academy Brixton in south London. Keep checking NME.COM/PHOTOS to see musicians arrive at the ceremony - new photos will be added all night. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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White Lies' Harry McVeigh soundchecks ahead of tonight's ceremony. White Lies are up for Best New Band. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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The Kooks are among the early arrivals at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Also spotted in the main foyer so far are Jamie Hince, the director Tim Burton and (loitering in the shadows at the back) Crystal Castles. Photo: PA Photos

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The Horrors arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. The black-clad rockers recently finished work on their second album. Photo: PA Photos

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La Roux hits the red carpet. The rising electro star, whose current single is called 'In For The Kill', will be making a guest appearance on stage later... but with which band? Photo: PA Photos

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Glasvegas on the red carpet at the O2 Brixton Academy, February 25. In addition to appearing at tonight's awards, James Allan's gang headlined the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, which wound up at this very venue on Saturday 21 February. Photo: PA Photos

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Murph from The Wombats salutes NME's photographer ahead of the ceremony, which kicks off at 8.15pm, February 25.

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Patrick Wolf, another early arrival at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009, turns up in leather trousers and an ornately-decorated jacket. Photo: PA Photos

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Little Boots on the red carpet. The hotly-tipped electro star is up for the Best Blog award tonight. Photo: PA Photos

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T4's Alex Zane and Dave Berry rock up to the awards and make it through the paparazzi scrum alive. Keep clicking for more pictures of the stars as they arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Photo: PA Photos

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Stars from The Mighty Boosh arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Pick up the magazine on Wednesday for an interview with Noel Fielding, as well as all the backstage action from the ceremony. Photo: PA Photos

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Spinnerette pose for the cameras. The band - who were featured in last week's NME - are fronted by The Distillers' Brody Dalle.

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Comedian Leigh Francis of 'Bo Selecta' fame arrives at the O2 Academy Brixton, February 25. Photo: PA Photos

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Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos at the O2 Academy Brixton, February 25. Franz are due to perform live (alongside a surprise special guest) at the ceremony, which you can watch on Channel 4 on Friday night (February 27). Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Girls Aloud send the tabloid photographers into a frenzy as they arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 in Brixton, but will Sarah get as drunk as she did at the Brits? Photo: PA Photos

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Glastonbury organisers Michael and Emily Eavis turn up to the awards. The pair have just officially announced the appearance of Bruce Springsteen at this year's shindig. Photo: James Quinton

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Spinnerette frontwoman and ex-Distiller Brody Dalle poses for cameras at the O2 Brixton Academy. The stars' entrance is an assault course of photographers and video interviews; check out our webcam for all the action live. Photo: James Quinton

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Kasabian's Tom Meighan strikes a pose for the photographers as he turns up for the awards. Photo: James Quinton

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Glasvegas and Florence together? Could this mean a collaboration is on the cards? We're not saying anything... Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Designer Henry Holland was kept outside in the cold for a while before Pixie Geldof turned up in a flash car to accompany him in. Keep clicking for more pictures as the night progresses.

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Godlike Genius Robert Smith sent waiting fans into a frenzy when he showed up tonight. Dozens of women hung off O2 Brixton Academy's balcony screaming and taking pictures. Hang tight for a very special performance from the band later. Photo: PA Photos

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Franz Ferdinand reveal their love affair with primary colours as they hit the red carpet. The band spent ages chatting to the media while the likes of Peter Doherty swanned by on the phone. Photo: PA Photos

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Klaxons and Crystal Castles get tucked into the free drinks. What state Jamie Reynolds is in by the time he presents Best DVD in fifteen minutes is anyone's guess. Photo: Danny North

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Friendly Fires pose with Charlie Brooker (who's actually on a table with Little Boots and Kate Jackson) just before the ceremony begins. Photo: Danny North

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Carl Barat made his entrance fifteen minutes after Peter Doherty tonight. Listen in to nmeradio.co.uk for interviews with all the winners as they come off stage. Photo: PA Photos

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Jamie Reynolds from Klaxons shows his cheeky face at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. He's here to present the Best DVD award. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Alex and Miles - aka The Last Shadow Puppets - turn up to the awards. They're nominated for Best Video this year. Photo: PA Photos

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Grace Jones arrives at Brixton. She presented the first award of the night, for Best Live Band, which went to Muse. Photo: PA Photos

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Silent Witness' Emilia Fox arrives at the awards. NME Radio has interviews with all the winners tonight so tune in via NME.COM/RADIO now to hear the latest. Photo: PA Photos

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Elbow recruited a 20-piece orchestra for their opening performance tonight, running through 'Grounds For Divorce' to a thrilled crowd. Photo: PA Photos

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Elbow hit the foliage-scattered stage to play 'Grounds For Divorce' at O2 Brixton Academy for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. The band are up for a special surprise later this evening so keep with NME.COM for more details.

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NME Editor Conor McNicholas greets the crowds at the start of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Keep with NME.COM for full coverage throughout the night.

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Jamie Reynolds from Klaxons and Florence Welch present Arctic Monkeys with the award for Best DVD. It was directed by The I.T. Crowd's Richard Ayoade.

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White Lies kick the madness off with a performance of 'Death'. Keep up with all the NME Awards action live on NME Radio tonight, and watch highlights on NME TV from Friday. Photo: Danny North

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White Lies play first for the crowd before the ceremony proper begins. The Daily Download blog is giving away a free remix of the band's new single to celebrate their performance. Head over to NME.COM/BLOGS to download it now. Photo: PA Photos

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MGMT, winners of the NME Track Of The Year and Album Of The Year 2008, claim the Best New Band title at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Members of the cast of Skins presented them with their award. Photo: Danny North

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Grace Jones presents the award for Best Live Band to Muse. She went on to wander into the NME production office by accident before running the media gauntlet. Photo: Danny North

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Tonight's host Mark Watson runs the red carpet gauntlet. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDS to watch a video with him in our blog section. Photo: PA Photos

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La Roux joins Franz Ferdinand onstage for a cover of Blondie's 'Call Me'. The other big duet of the night was Glasvegas' version of Elvis Presley's 'Suspicious Minds', which featured Florence Welch of Florence And The Machine on vocals.Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon of Blur share a stage for the first time since Coxon quit Blur in 2002. The reunited pair performed an emotionally charged version of 'This Is A Low', from 1994's 'Parklife'. Amongst the audience was Peter Doherty, who stood up to film the performance on his mobile phone.

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Muse win Best Live Band for the third time. They won the award last year and in 2005. In 2007 they won Best British Band. Photo: Danny North

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Dizzee Rascal claims the award for Best Dancefloor Filler, as supported by Club NME. Spinnerette's Brody Dalle handed him the coveted statue. Dizzee is presenting the award for Best Track later on. Photo: Danny North

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Franz Ferdinand play a two-song set for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. They opened with 'What She Came For' before welcoming La Roux to the stage for a run through of Blondie's 'Call Me'.

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Presenter Mark Watson gives an expletive-strewn introductory routine. "You might as well enjoy the NME Awards because we'll all be fucking dead soon," he told the crowd. Watch a backstage interview with Mark Watson on the Awards Blog.

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Comedian Leigh Francis (of 'Bo Selecta' fame) was here (in his 'Keith Lemon' persona) to present Best Album to Kings Of Leon.

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The cast of teen TV drama 'Skins' get up on stage to present the Best New Band award to MGMT. 'Skins' was instrumental in gaining MGMT a mainstream audience: the song 'Time To Pretend' played over the emotional closing credits of series two.

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Friendly Fires hit the stage with a flurry of dancers and drummers for a frantic rendition of 'Jump In The Pool'. Photo: James Quinton

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The Killers' Brandon Flowers brandishes his NME Award for Best International Band - wearing the same outfit he wore onstage with the Pet Shop Boys at the BRIT Awards last week. Photo: PA Photos

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Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos celebrates a job well done after their two-track set, which included 'What She Came For' and a duet with La Roux on a cover of Blondie's 1980 hit 'Call Me'. Photo: James Quinton

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Noel Fielding clutches an NME Award. The Mighty Boosh won Best TV Show for the third year running, and received their statuette from Charlie Brooker. Photo: James Quinton

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Jamie Winston arrives at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. This is the event's first year at the O2 Brixton Academy after a quick stint at Indigo2 and several years at Hammersmith Palais. Photo: PA Photos

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Peaches Geldof turned up shortly after her sister without Faris. NME.COM is following the awards all night, with live pictures, blogging, video interviews and more. Keep it at NME.COM/AWARDS to keep up to date. Photo: PA Photos

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Dizzee has a rather cushy front table at O2 Brixton Academy tonight. He's presenting the award for Best Track with Little Boots later on. Photo: Danny North

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Dizzee Rascal jokes around with photographers on the red carpet. He's got one of the best seats in the house tonight, and will be co-presenting an awards later on... Photo: PA Photos

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The Cure's Robert Smith accepts the award for Godlike Genius at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Its an accolade that's recognised the careers of Manic Street Preachers, Ian Brown and Primal Scream in recent years. Tim Burton presented them with their award. Photo: PA Photos

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Elbow received a very special award tonight, for Outstanding Contribution To British Music. For more awards action, check out our blogs, news stories and video interviews at NME.COM/AWARDS, and tune in to NME Radio tomorrow for regular updates. Photo: PA Photos

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Pete Doherty came out on top in the Best Solo Artist category. Alex James and Dave Rowntree from Blur presented him with the award. Keep your eyes tuned to NME TV this weekend for all the action. Photo: PA Photos

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Alex James and Dave Rowntree take the stage to present the award for Best Solo Artist, which went to Peter Doherty. Graham and Damon were absent, but they had just performed 'This Is A Low' to an ecstatic crowd. Photo: PA Photos

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Patrick Wolf flashes his leather trousers and braces at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. The star recently called on fans for help with the recording costs of his new album via pioneering website Bandstocks. Photo: James Quinton

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Glasvegas and Florence duet for an unusual cover of Elvis' 'Suspicious Minds'. Photo: PA Photos

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The Cure bring the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 to a close with a ten-song set that included 'Just Like Heaven', 'Lullaby' and 'Friday I'm In Love'. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Pete and Carl muck about at the press run at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDS for full coverage including up-to-the-minute news and blogs, pictures and video interviews, and tune in to NME Radio tomorrow and NME TV on Friday for even more. Photo: PA Photos

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So, the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 are well and truly over and the entire office (plus half of the rock community, several hundred Cure fans and Sarah Harding) are nursing biblical hangovers. Including, we suspect, this guy. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Top left: Godlike Geniuses The Cure perform at the Shockwaves NME Awards. Centre: Godforsaken Guest gets the party started. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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The Cure bring the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 to a close with 'Killing An Arab'. Celebs and fans started standing on tables and one man got himself covered in chairs and red wine before being escorted out by security. Photo: Tim Cochrane

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Franz Ferdinand and La Roux pose for NME's photographer ahead of their performance at the awards. They played a cover of Blondie's 'Call Me'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Girls Aloud's Sarah Harding and Nicola Roberts tuck into the free wine at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Unsurprisingly, they weren't nominated for anything on the night. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Babyshambles cosy up at the awards on Wednesday night (February 25). They didn't win anything, although frontman Peter Doherty won Best Solo Artist. Photo: Tom Oxley

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The Mighty Boosh pose with Kasabian's Serge Pizzorno at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Photo: Tom Oxley

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'Skins' cast members were at the NME Awards to present MGMT with their Best New Band award. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Klaxons' Simon Taylor, aka Mr Lovefoxxx, gets into the party spirit at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009. Photo: Tom Oxley

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Photo Gallery: Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 - winners, live performances and backstage action

Guests at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 were faced with a daunting selection of free booze. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Photo Gallery: Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 - winners, live performances and backstage action

Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos hangs out backstage at the O2 Academy Brixton. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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Photo Gallery: Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 - winners, live performances and backstage action

Just a rascal? Dizzee poses for NME photographer Jacob Perlmutter.

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Photo Gallery: Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 - winners, live performances and backstage action

Peter Doherty shows his appreciation for winning the Best Solo Artist award. Photo: Jacob Perlmutter

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