The Tottenham rapper released his triumphant mixtape ‘No Bullshit’ in October 2017. It features cameos from Dave and MJ Cole, while Avelino collaborated with Jason Julian, Jay Prince, and Raf Riley on its production.
After receiving the award from Professor Green, who paid tribute to the winner’s lyrical skills, Avelino said: “I’m grateful. I didn’t expect to win today, just a night out for me and my friends. I’m going to celebrate this one.”
Stay with us here at NME.com to get all the latest news, videos, photos, and gossip from the ceremony, which will see Liam Gallagher receive the Godlike Genius award.
He will also close the ceremony with a live performance. You can catch all the action on the Facebook Live stream on NME’s official Facebook page.
Going into tonight’s ceremony, Lorde and Charli XCX led the pack with four nominations each. They were closely followed by Dua Lipa and Kasabian, who both scored three nods apiece.
Stefflon Don and Skepta opened the ceremony tonight (February 14) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton with a performance of their collaboration, ‘Ding-a-Ling’. Alt-J have also treated the audience to a version of their track ‘In Cold Blood’.
Pale Waves, who are set to pick up the NME Under The Radar Award supported by HMV, will also perform later in the night. Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson has collected her NME Icon Award, while grime crew Boy Better Know will also pick up the Innovation award.