The Leicester band had a triumphant 2017, in which they headlined Reading & Leeds Festivals for the second time in support of their latest album, ‘For Crying Out Loud’.
The group also made a return to London’s The O2, where they played two sold out shows, along with a full UK arena tour and shows around the world.
Collecting the award, frontman Tom Meighan said: “Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. It means so much.”
Serge Pizzorno, meanwhile, paid tribute to small music venues, saying: “Keep fucking live venues alive. We love rock n roll.”
Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards 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.
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’.
In addition to Liam Gallagher and the grime pair, Pale Waves, and Alt-J will also perform. Shirley Manson is set to collect the Icon award, while grime crew Boy Better Know will pick up the Innovation award.