PJ Harvey is to receive an honorary plaudit at this year's Shockwaves NME Awards.

The singer is set to pick up the Teenage Cancer Trust's 'Outstanding Contribution to Music Award' at the ceremony on February 23 for her long and distinguished musical career.

NME Editor, Krissi Murison said of Harvey: "From the sheer rawness of her 1992 debut album 'Dry' to the compelling honesty of her new album 'Let England Shake' which tackles war and global conflict, Harvey has always remained uncompromising and individual in her approach to music. But despite her willingness to experiment and push herself to artistic extremes, PJ Harvey is no fringe act. She has played to giant crowds at the world's leading festivals, received praise from many music legends (including Radiohead, Patti Smith and Captain Beefheart) and won a Mercury Prize for a million-selling album. In short PJ Harvey is a true artist, able to challenge and entertain, provoke and thrill. Her contribution to music is unique and unrivalled and NME is proud to pay tribute to her with this special award."

PJ Harvey is also set to perform at the ceremony and her new album 'Let England Shake' is to be released on Monday (February 14).