Alice Glass and Ethan Kath on hand at O2 Academy Brixton
Crystal Castles have been honoured with the John Peel Award For Innovation at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 in London tonight (February 23).
Band members Alice Glass and Ethan Kath were on hand to collect the award from guest presenters Jarvis Cocker, who hosted the event last year, and Alexa Chung.
The Toronto duo are also set to perform later at the O2 Academy Brixton ceremony.
The John Peel Award For Innovation is an award only given out occasionally by NME‘s editors when they come across that rare thing, an act who possess a pioneering spirit and uncompromising approach to music that John Peel himself would approve of.
Previous winners of the award include Radiohead, who picked up the gong in 2008 for their ‘In Rainbows’ album.
Crystal Castles have recently finished headlining the Shockwaves NME Awards tour.
NME.COM is coming live from the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton tonight. Keep checking NME.COM/awards for news, photo galleries, blogs, video interviews and more.
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Watch the ceremony on Channel 4 on Saturday night (26) at 11.20pm (GMT). Earlier in the day, at 11.25am on the same channel, T4 will broadcast their coverage of the ceremony.
Buy music by tonight’s award winners at Amazon.co.uk.
The NME Awards Big Gig takes place on Friday (25). Godlike Genius Dave Grohl‘s band Foo Fighters headline, with Cee Lo Green, Band Of Horses and No Age also on the bill.