MCR, John Lydon, PJ Harvey arrive at Shockwaves NME Awards

Bands hit the red carpet at O2 Academy Brixton

My Chemical Romance, John Lydon and PJ Harvey are among the first acts to arrive at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony.

The acts have been treading down the red carpet at the O2 Academy Brixton in London tonight (February 23).

My Chemical Romance will be hoping for a fruitful night – they are up for five awards, and are set to perform at the ceremony. Frontman Gerard Way said he was “excited” about the night, describing it as “an honour” to be part of the event.

Lydon, meanwhile, is up for the Best Book award for Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook – and wasn’t ashamed to admit that he was in plugging mode.

“I’ve got a book out haven’t I, that’s why I’m here,” he told NME. “I don’t know anything about who else is showing up and I don’t know any of the bands either. Why are you here? Well, you invited me so I came. I didn’t have anything else to do tonight so I thought I’d make myself known.”

PJ Harvey is set to perform and receive the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music honour later tonight, and seemed relaxed before her performance.

“I’m really looking forward to playing,” she said. “Everything went fine in rehearsals. I’m glad for this [the award], you know? It’s nice to have the recognition for the work I’ve done so far. It’s a welcome thing for me.”

More stars are arriving on the red carpet – keep checking back for updates.

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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.