Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand went down in the history books after claiming two of the top honours at this year's NME Awards.

The band became the first to win the Mercury Music Prize, a Brit Award and an NME Award in the same year.

Franz Ferdinand scooped the NME Awards for Best Album for their self-titled debut album and Best Track for 'Take Me Out'.

Troubled rock star Pete Doherty failed to turn up at the event. He had been due to perform at the award ceremony but chose to stay at his clinic instead.

Paul McCartney attended the ceremony, where he picked up the award for Best Festival with Glastonbury organiser Michael Eavis.

The legendary DJ John Peel, who died last year, was named winner of the Special Award for Lifelong Service to Music.

Graham Coxon claimed the Best Solo Artist award, and the Best Live Band category was won by Muse.

The John Peel Award for Musical Innovation was awarded to The Others, and The Killers claimed the Best International Band Award on the night. The Libertines claimed the award for Best British Band.

'Shaun Of The Dead' was named Best Film at the ceremony, with 'Little Britain' taking the Best TV Show award.

The NME Awards were presented at a ceremony at Hammersmith Palais in London last night.