Liam Gallagher described the NME Awards as “essential” as he hit the red carpet for the ceremony in London.

The former Oasis star is up for best British solo artist at the awards, where he will take on Dua Lipa, Ed Sheeran, Stormzy, Loyle Carner and Charli XCX.

Gallagher is also at the event to collect the NME Godlike Genius gong.

While Gallagher was in a jacket, Stefflon Don did not let the cold weather get in the way of her making a fashion statement as she stepped out in skimpy shorts and thigh boots.

The singer and rapper – who is nominated for best new artist – teamed tight black shorts and a fringed top with white lace-up boots and chunky jewellery.

Stefflon Don Stefflon Don (Ian West/PA)

The red carpet was a colourful affair, with Brix Smith Start in vibrant leopard print and Peace in their pyjamas.

Brix Smith StartBrix Smith Start (Ian West/PA)

They later explained in a post on Twitter that they had been in their nightwear since September – and were not planing to change.

Muse looked sophisticated in grey and black while Alt-J and The Amazons all opted for bright jackets in primary colours.

MuseMuse (Ian West/PA)