Shockwaves NME Awards set to kick off tonight (Feb 23)

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Foo Fighters, My Chemical Romance, Crystal Castles and Muse are among the bands getting ready to hit the Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony tonight (February 23).

The event takes place at London‘s O2 Academy Brixton and will be hosted by comedian Angelos Epithemiou.

PJ Harvey, who will be presented with the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, is set to play live, as are Hurts, My Chemical Romance and Foo Fighters.


Dave Grohl is set to pick up the Godlike Genius award at the event, while Kasabian, Foals, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys are among the acts nominated for other honours.

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.

Tune into NME Radio and NME TV for further coverage throughout the week.

Get next week’s issue of NME for the ultimate report on the evening’s events. It’s on UK newsstands or available digitally from next Wednesday (March 2).

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.

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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.