NME Awards to take place tonight (February 29)

Noel Gallagher, Pulp, Kasabian, The Vaccines, The Horrors and Florence will all perform

NME Awards – as it happened

The 2012 NME Awards will take place tonight (February 29) at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

The ceremony will feature live performances from The Maccabees, Kasabian and The Vaccines, while The Horrors and Florence And The Machine are set to perform a very special collaboration.

Noel Gallagher will perform after picking up the Godlike Genius Award, while Pulp – recipients of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award – are also set to play.

Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Hurts, Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines and Odd Future are among the acts nominated for awards on the night.

Arctic Monkeys – who’ve scored seven nominations in total – will go head-to-head with Kasabian, Bombay Bicycle Club, The Horrors and Muse for the Best British Band award. The Best New Band category, meanwhile, will be contested by Lana Del Rey, Tribes, The Vaccines, WU LYF and Foster The People.

Kasabian and Florence And The Machine are up for three gongs each, while The Horrors and The Vaccines are among the acts nominated for two awards.

Meanwhile, Noel Gallagher is up for another four gongs, including Best Album for ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ and Best Solo Artist.

NME will be coming live from O2 Academy Brixton throughout the ceremony and we’ll be live blogging the whole event. Check NME.COM from 6pm tonight to follow all the action. You can also keep up with things on Twitter by following the hashtag #NMEAwards

To watch the 2012 NME Awards in full, tune in to Channel 4 on Saturday night (March 3) at 11.55pm (GMT). Half an hour of highlights will be shown on T4 at 9.25am (GMT) the same day.

To read all about the awards and all the shenanigans from the night, pick up next week’s issue of NME, which is on UK newsstands next Wednesday (March 7) or available digitally.