Hey, Bob, Jill and especially Rufus, here, as requested, are the full list of nominees for this years NME Awards, that popular rock industry piss up that also finds time to deliver a slight if slurred nod of approval to the makers of NME-friendly tunes, aka indie rock and leafy urban.
If you buy the increasingly tedious ‘guitar music’s coming back’ story arc, then by all means exclaim, “My, isn’t there a load of great guitar-based music out there just now, all duly celebrated here by the New Musical Express”. Meanwhile One Direction and Harry Styles can pat themselves on the back for achieving the ultimate of all achievements in Planet Pop, pissing off enough NME readers to get both Worst Band and Villain Of The year nominations. Well done 1D, this is it, you’ve truly made it.
Coming up, lists. But first NME Editor Mike Williams with his words: “The NME Awards is the highlight of the music calendar and the most rock n roll party of the year, so it’s incredibly exciting to see such a wide range of artists nominated this time around”.
And this: “Rightly so, all the early plaudits will go to Haim, Tame Impala, MIA and the legendary Rolling Stones who lead the way with four nominations each, but it’s testament to the exquisite taste of the NME audience that artists as wide ranged as Frank Ocean, Jake Bugg, Pussy Riot and David Bowie are recognised too. To say it¹s shaping up to be a classic is a huge understatement!”
Vote here, lists here:
Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro, The Maccabees, The Cribs
Best International Band: The Killers, Tame Impala, The Black Keys, Odd Future, Crystal Castles, Foo Fighters
Best Solo Artist: Jake Bugg, Noel Gallagher, Florence Welch, Miles Kane, Grimes, Paul Weller
Best New Band: Alt-J, Peace, Palma Violets, Django Django, Alabama Shakes, Haim
Best Live Band: The Maccabees, The Cribs, Blur, Biffy Clyro, Foals, The Rolling Stones
Best Track: Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?; Haim – Don’t Save Me; MIA – Bad Girls; Foals – Inhaler; Palma Violets – Best Of Friends; Tame Impala – Elephant.
Best Dancefloor Anthem: Mosca feat Katy B – What You Came For; Calvin Harris feat Florence Welch – Sweet Nothing; Psy – Gangnam Style; MIA – Bad Girls; Kanye West/Jay-Z – In Paris; Solange – Losing You
Best Album: Frank Ocean – Channel Orange; Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg; The Maccabees – Given To The Wild; Alt-J – An Awesome Wave; The Vaccines – Come Of Age; Lonerism – Tame Impala
Best Re-Issue: Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists; Blur – 21; Prodigy – The Fat Of The Land; Interpol – Turn On The Bright Lights; Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness; Ian Brown – Collected
Best Music Video: Grimes – Oblivion; MIA – Bad Girls; David Bowie – Where Are We Now?; Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?; Haim – Don’t Save Me; Tame Impala – Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
Best Festival: Reading & Leeds Festivals, T In The Park, Bestival, Primavera, Latitude, Isle Of Wight
Best Small Festival: Swn, The Great Escape, Field Day, Festival No.6, End Of The Road, Constellations
Best TV Show: Breaking Bad, Noel Fielding’s Luxury Comedy, Fresh Meat, Sherlock, The Thick Of It, Doctor Who
Best Film: The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey, Ted, Ill Manors, The Dark Knight Rises, Skyfall, The Perks Of Being A Wallflower
Best Music Film: Searching For Sugar Man, LCD Soundsystem: Shut Up And Play The Hits, Hit So Hard The Life & Near Death Story Of Patty Schemel, Marley, The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane, Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Best Book: David Byrne – How Music Works, Neil Young – Waging Heavy Peace, Mike Skinner – The Story Of The Streets, Tim Burgess – Telling Stories, The Rolling Stones – 50, Peter Hook – Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division
Best Twitter: Muse (@muse), Fred Macpherson from Spector (@fredmacpherson), Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts (@theohurts), Alana Haim from Haim (@babyhaim), Wiley (@eskidance), MIA (@miauniverse)
Best Fan Community: Muse, Hurts, 30 Seconds To Mars, Manic Street Preachers, The Killers, Enter Shikari
Music Moment Of The Year: David Bowie returns, The Stone Roses play Heaton Park, Olympics Opening Ceremony, The Rolling Stones play London’s O2 Arena, Green Day’s secret set at Reading Festival, Pussy Riot’s punk prayer
Hero Of The Year: David Bowie, Bradley Wiggins, Pussy Riot, Barack Obama, Frank Ocean, Dave Grohl
Villain Of The Year: David Cameron, Harry Styles, Skrillex, Psy, Fred Macpherson, Azealia Banks
Worst Band: One Direction, Muse, Mumford & Sons, Alt-J, Justin Bieber, Ed Sheeran