The Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 took place in London (February 23) – with a thunderous finale courtesy of Foo Fighters, who played their entire new album ‘Wasting Light’ as well as a few old favourites. Frontman Dave Grohl was also named Godlike Genius on the night. Keep clicking to find out what else went on at our annual awards bash.
Dave Grohl, this year’s Godlike Genius, arrived early and posed with his award. Click here to watch a video interview with the musical legend, where he talks us through his career and discusses being a “total slut when it comes to music”.
Muse win Best British Band (supported by Shockwaves) at 02 Academy Brixton. They’ve won eight awards in the past and scooped the same prize last year – proving themselves to be a readers’ favourite. Click here to buy Muse’s ‘The Resistance’ on Amazon.
Foals win Best Track (supported by NME Radio) for ‘Spanish Sahara’ at the NME Awards 2011. Yannis and the boys scooped the award for the ‘Total Life Forever’ album track and single. Click here to buy the track for yourself on Amazon.
Crystal Castles performed hit single ‘Baptism’ at the ceremony. Unleashing a glitter shower on the pit and the front tables during the song, frontwoman Alice Glass ended the performance by crawling off the stage. The band took home the John Peel Award for Innovation earlier in the evening.
John Lydon pays tribute to his step daughter Ari Up, who died in October last year. The punk legend took to the stage during the NME Awards ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton. Check out our video interview with him, as he talks about losing his stepdaughter and the importance of The Slits.
It was nice to see last year’s ceremony host Jarvis Cocker back at the celebrations this year. His next stop, Pulp reunion! Click here to hear his hosting tips for Angelos Epithemiou.
Dave Grohl takes to the stage at the 02 Academy Brixton. He took home the Godlike Genius prize at the NME Awards 2011 – watch our video interview, where he talks about making the new Foo Fighters record on analogue machines, recording in his garage, and Dave Grohl Alley.
Hurts are crowned Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh) at the NME Awards 2011. The Manchester duo, who released debut album ‘Happiness’ in 2010, arrived onstage at the 02 Academy Brixton to receive their award. Last year’s winners were Bombay Bicycle Club.
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Angelos Epithemiou hosts the NME Awards 2011 at the 02 Academy Brixton – with performances from My Chemical Romance, Hurts and Foo Fighters. Click here to buy music from all of the winners on Amazon.
The 02 Academy Brixton is filled with rock ‘n’ roll royalty for the NME Awards 2011. The likes of My Chemical Romance, Hurts and Dave Grohl turned up to recieve awards.
PJ Harvey picks up the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award in the 02 Academy Brixton. Just days after releasing her eighth studio album – she arrived at the ceremony to get her prize.
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The Naked & Famous scoop the Philip Hall Radar Award at the NME Awards 2011. The Drums, The Big Pink and Glasvegas have all won the prize in the past.
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Click here to watch a backstage video interview with My Chemical Romance, where they talk about their two wins, their ten years in the band and their forthcoming plans.
My Chemical Romance performed hit ‘Na Na Na’ – too bad Gerard Way covered up his bright red locks.
Biffy Clyro took home the award for Best Live Band supported by Carling, presented by Juliette Lewis and Miles Kane. Singer Simon Neil then thanked everyone who has supported the group.
Another shot of My Chemical Romance performing hit single ‘Na Na Na’. Click here to get ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’ on Amazon.
My Chemical Romance picked up the trophy for Best Video for ‘Na Na Na’ from ‘Being Human’ actors Lenora Crichlow and Russell Tovey.
Once everyone was seated, NME‘s editor Krissi Murison kicked off the night’s main event.
Libertine Carl Barat recently played a Shockwaves NME Awards show at London’s 100 Club.
Shooting Stars’ resident burger van owner and NME Awards 2011 host Angelos Epithemiou keeps the audience in check at the 02 Academy Brixton. Click here to buy music from all of the winners on Amazon.
Miles Kane and Juliette Lewis presented the Best Live Band award to Scottish rockers Biffy Clyro.
Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie was one of the many celebs walking down the red carpet at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011. Check out our video interview with him here, where he discusses playing ‘Screamadelica’ live, discovering the “softer, gentler side to the band” and playing with The Kills, BRMC, and George Clinton.
Check out the view from the stage: lots of people and a great big teleprompter.
Mark Ronson recently pulled a fashion shocker on the world of music when he bleached his hair. No need to panic, looks like most of the colour has returned.
Crystal Castles were presented with the John Peel Award For Innovation by Jarvis Cocker.
Professor Green’s ‘Jungle’ was voted the Shockwaves NME Awards Best Dancefloor Filler. Upon taking to the stage to accept the award, Professor Green told the crowd, “I’m gonna keep it short and sweet. I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who went out and bought the single, who came and saw me live and who supported me.”
London’s O2 Brixton Academy played host to the Awards for the third year running. My Chemical Romance fans camped out overnight hoping to meet their idols, who ultimately won Best International Band and Best Video (for ‘Na Na Na…’).
My Chemical Romance arrived in matching suit jackets, ready to perform at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011. They’re also up for five awards tonight.
Carl Barat announces that Professor Green has won the Best Dancefloor Filler award at the 02 Academy Brixton.
Best New Band nominees Hurts looked dashing as usual as they arrived on the red carpet, ready to perform for the crowd.
The Misfits cast present the Best Track (supported by NME Radio) award to Foals for ‘Spanish Sahara’ at the NME Awards 2011. Yannis and the boys scooped the award for the ‘Total Life Forever’ album track and single. Click here to buy the track for yourself on Amazon.
Solo artist Miles Kane arrived at the red carpet sans Last Shadow Puppets, but in a rather nice suit. Click here for a video interview, where he talks about presenting the award for Best Live Band, his solo antics and the current tour.
Everything Everything arrive at the NME Awards 2011. The Radar favourites were spotted hanging out backstage before My Chemical Romance and Hurts performed.
The Mighty Boosh’s Matt Berry and Noel Fielding take to the stage to present an award at the 02 Academy Brixton.
‘Shooting Stars’ man Angelos Epithemiou took on hosting duties for the big event. Watch video with the funnyman here.
Laura Marling scoops Best Solo Band at O2 Academy Brixton. It’s been a successful year for the folk songstress – who won a Brit award earlier in February and beat Florence And The Machine, Frank Turner, Kanye West, and Paul Weller to grab the NME Award. Click here to purchase ‘I Speak Because I Can’ on Amazon.
Will the cast of ‘Skins’ take home the award for Best TV Show? They’re up against ‘Misfits’, ‘Never Mind The Buzzcocks’, ‘Peep Show’ and ‘The Inbetweeners’ (last year’s winner).
Arriving particularly early were My Chemical Romance fans, who couldn’t wait to see their favourite band perform live at the awards ceremony. Don’t worry if you’re not here, you can watch it all on Channel 4 on Saturday (February 26).
Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil is back to being a brunette. Click here to buy ‘Only Revolutions’ on Amazon.
Marina and Bobby Gillespie take to the stage at the O2 Academy in Brixton to present a prize at the NME Awards 2011.
Muse were up for a of couple awards, including the Hottest Man in music. Apparently Matt Bellamy’s hot enough to win the award yet again. here to watch a video interview with the band at the Awards.
Skins scoops Best TV Show at 02 Academy Brixton. They had tough competition from Misfits, Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Peep Show, and last year’s winners The Inbetweeners. Want to watch the show again? Buy series 1-4 on Amazon here.
PJ Harvey will be playing a couple of shows in London this weekend, but she took some time out to stop by tonight’s ceremony to pick up the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award and to perform. Click here to watch our video interview with her.
The Kills present the Best Solo Artist award to Laura Marling at the ceremony in the O2 Academy Brixton. The pair took to the stage, introduced by host Angelos Epithemiou. Click here to watch Marling discuss winning the award, being Number One in our Cool List last year, and her new record.
Russell Tovey and Lenora Crichlow of hit TV show ‘Being Human’ were spotted. Good thing Crichlow isn’t really a ghost and we could capture a photo of her.
Frankie Francis of Frankie & The Heartstrings and Keith Murray of We Are Scientists were caught chatting in the foyer after a night of drunken shenanigans (aka the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011).
PJ Harvey performs live after picking up the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award in the 02 Academy Brixton. Just days after releasing her eighth studio album – she arrived at the ceremony to get her prize. Click here to get ‘Let England Shake’ on Amazon.
Juliette Lewis looked rather tame as she arrived on the red carpet, but at least the quirky rocker had a few sparkles in her wardrobe.
PJ Harvey is interviewed on the red carpet at the 02 Academy Brixton. She picked up the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award during the ceremony. Click here to get ‘Let England Shake’ on Amazon.
Magnetic Man just wrapped up the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 Tour (along with Crystal Castles, Everything Everything and The Vaccines).
Award winners Hurts perform ‘Wonderful Life’ live at the NME Awards 2011. The band were joined onstage by dancers dressed in cloaks and masks.
Michael Eavis, the man behind Glastonbury, took home the award for Best Festival. Click here for a video interview, where he discusses his 41 years in the business, and how he’s had offers for the 2013 and 2014 headliners during the ceremony.
T4’s Jameela Jamil and Georgie Okell present an award at the O2 Academy Brixton. The pair were spotted backstage chatting to bands and hanging out with the celebrity guests.
Despite Tweeting that he’d arrive “in a massive egg, obviously” earlier in the night, Frank Turner just walked on down the red carpet like a normal person.
It’s pretty empty inside the venue, as the stars are still making their ways down the red carpet. Click here to view live webcam photos right as they’re taken.
Crystal Castles were also nominated in the Best Dancefloor Filler category (for ‘Baptism’) and Best Album for their second self-titled album ‘Crystal Castles’.
The host of the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 Jarvis Cocker returns to the big event. This year, Angelos Epithemiou is on the hosting duties.
Dave Grohl performs while surrounded by fans at the 02 Academy Brixton. He scooped the Godlike Genius crown at the NME Awards 2011.
Sex Pistol John Lydon isn’t just a punk rock star – he also wrote ‘Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook’, which documents his life from the very beginning. It’s up for Best Book at the Shockwaves 2011 NME awards. Click here to purchase the book.
Professor Green’s ‘Jungle’ is crowned Best Dancefloor Filler at the NME Awards 2011. He beat Crystal Castles, Kele, Plan B, Tinie Tempah, and La Roux to the prize. Click here to get the track from Amazon.
The Wombats are getting ready to release their next album, ‘This Modern Glitch’, this April. Expect to see a lot more of them soon.
TV presenter/model Alexa Chung was amongst the many guests at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.
The O2 Academy Brixton is packed with musicians and celebrities for the NME Awards 2011. Foo Fighters, Hurts and My Chemical Romance all performed live during the ceremony.
Actress Jaime Winstone was spotted arriving at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.
Frankie and The Heartstrings hang out at the NME Awards 2011. The band chatted with journalists and other musicians during the party.
Yes, the NME Awards are about accomplishments in music… but they’re also about the loads of free booze attendees receive.
Marina, of & The Diamonds fame, arrives at the 02 Academy Brixton for the NME Awards 2011 wearing a floor length white dress and neon accessories.
Labrinth, who collaborated with Tinie Tempah on ‘Pass Out’, showed up to find out if the track won Best Dancefloor Filler.
Juliette Lewis parties on a table at the NME Awards 2011. She donned a pair of sequinned trousers for the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Professor Green took home the award for Best Dancefloor Filler for his track ‘Jungle’. Click here to watch our video interview, where he reveals that his doctorate is actually in gynaecology.
My Chemical Romance told NME that they think their ‘Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys’ album could convert to the big screen. Frank Iero said: “This world we’ve created, we kind of feel like we’re not done living in yet. I think it’d translate really well to film.”
Jarvis Cocker and Alexa Chung arrive onstage to present the John Peel Award for Innovation to Crystal Castles at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Patrick Wolf looked snazzy as usual as he rocked up to the red carpet. This May, he’ll be releasing his fifth album ‘Lupercalia’.
U2 praise Glastonbury festival with a special video message. Michael Eavis took to the stage to receive the Best Festival prize at the NME Awards 2011. The weekender saw Gorillaz, Stevie Wonder and Muse headline in the event in 2010.
Marina Diamandis of Marina & The Diamonds was channeling some Madonna-Gaga-Snooki hodgepodge as she strolled down the red carpet.
While fans were queueing up outside the venue, everyone else was hard at work inside, setting up the stage and tables for the big night. Click here to view live webcam photos throughout the night.
Alice Glass of Crystal Castles is still relying on a crutch to walk around (after an ankle injury she got in Tokyo). She played the whole Shockwaves NME Awards Tour with her ankle in a brace. Here she is rehearsing for her band’s appearance at the ceremony.
Irish MTV presenter Laura Whitmore arrived right on time as the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 kicked off at London’s Brixton Academy.
TV presenter/model Jameela Jamil was sparkling as she arrived fashionably on time to the ceremony.
London’s Brixton O2 Academy was transformed from an everyday gig venue into a gorgeous awards ceremony hall.
We Are Scientists have returned as NME’s roving reporters, where they can kick back, relax, and enjoy the free booze (while hassling their fellow celebs).
The Kills arrive on the red carpet at the NME Awards 2011. The band presented a prize during the ceremony before partying with the other guests.
Godlike Genius 2011 Dave Grohl performs among the fans at the NME Awards 2011. The band played material off their new album as well as old hits.
The Drums were up for Best New Band and Best International Band this year. Click here to watch a video interview with the band, where they reveal they don’t really know who Godlike Genius Dave Grohl is.
The evening’s host Angelos Epithemiou was in full character as he led the evening, down to his classic plastic Sainsbury’s shopping bag.
The View’s Kyle Falconer and his big mane of hair strutted down the red carpet at the O2 Brixton Academy Wednesday night.
We caught Iwan Rheon and Nathan Stewart-Jarrett of hit TV show ‘Misfits’ arriving. They’re up for Best TV Show tonight, along with their other super-powered, misfit, Asbo castmates.
Fans watch the action at the NME Awards 2011 at the O2 Academy Brixton. Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance and PJ Harvey all performed during the ceremony.
The Naked & Famous took home the Philip Hall Radar Award, an annual music prize awarded to a new group picked by NME’s editors. It’s named in honour of the late manager of The Stone Roses and Manic Street Preachers.
Actor/writer/comedian Matt Berry attended the big event. Curious who else was on the gueslist? Click here to read it.
BBC Radio 1 presenter Jo Whiley looked elegant in her simple black dress at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011.
Jon McClure of Reverend and The Makers revealed his inner naughty Zoolander as he posed for the NME cameras.
Here’s Jade Williams (aka Sunday Girl) arriving on the red carpet. You can watch the entire awards ceremony on Channel 4 this Saturday.
The Vaccines have returned from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 Tour (along with Crystal Castles, Everything Everything and Magnetic Man) just in time for the big finale event.