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NME Awards noms out

By | Published on Wednesday 15 January 2014

NME Awards 2014

So let’s see shall we, has it stopped sounding odd having an American city sponsoring the NME’s annual awards bash yet? Testing, testing, testing. No, it hasn’t. So yes, the noms are out for this year’s “NME Awards with Austin, Texas”.

Haim and the Arctic Monkeys do particularly well in the shortlists, while Miley Cyrus and Harry Styles are up for the East Target Award, aka Villain Of The Year. Actually, while it would be nice for nominees Pussy Riot and Vladimir Putin to respectively win the Hero and Villain prizes, I’m rather hoping Russell Brand, considered a hero by half of the NME’s readership, and a villain by the other half, wins both.

And now, NME Editor Mike Williams on a year that has had everything, the NME readership noticing this, and more people than ever voting to compile some incredibly exciting shortlists: “The past twelve months of music have had everything – returning legends, era-defining singles, more albums with a claim to be modern classics than any year in recent memory and tons of massive live moments to celebrate”.

He goes on: “None of this has gone unnoticed by NME’s huge audience, with more people than ever voting to compile these incredibly exciting shortlists. I can’t wait for the ceremony at the Brixton Academy on 26 Feb to find out who the big winners will be”.

Best Solo Artist: Lorde, Lily Allen, Jake Bugg, Paul McCartney, Kanye West, David Bowie

Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band: Haim, Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend

Best New Band: Drenge, Swim Deep, Chvrches, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett

Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Haim, Queens Of The Stone Age, Savages

Best Track: Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?, Lily Allen – Hard Out Here, Disclosure – White Noise, Arcade Fire – Reflektor, Primal Scream – 2013, Daft Punk – Get Lucky

Best Album: Arctic Monkeys – AM, QOTSA – …Like Clockwork, Peace – In Love, Kanye West – Yeezus, Savages – Silence Yourself, Drenge – Drenge

Best Reissue: Nirvana – In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition, The Clash – Sound System, The Beta Band – The Regal Years: 1997-2004, The Breeders – LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition), Bob Dylan – Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), The Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Best Music Video: Arctic Monkeys – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?, Pharell – Happy, Arcade Fire – Reflektor, Lily Allen – Hard Out Here, Eagulls – Nerve Endings, Haim – Falling

Best Festival: Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, Latitude, Bestival, V

Best Small Festival: Rockness, Y Not, Kendall Calling, Swn, Green Man, Festival Number 6

Best TV Show: Breaking Bad, Fresh Meat, Sherlock, Game Of Thrones, Misfits, Doctor Who

Best Music Film: Muscle Shoals, Made Of Stone, Sound City, The National: Mistaken For Strangers, Good Vibrations, Muse

Best Book: Morrissey – Autobiography, Alan McGee – Creation Stories, Bob Stanley – Yeah Yeah Yeah, Mark Lewisohn – The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In, Beck – Song Reader, Richard Hell – I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp

Best Band Blog Or Twitter: Jehnny Beth (Savages), Albert Hammond Jr, Alana Haim (Haim), James Blunt, Theo Hutchcraft (Hurts), Grimes

Best Fan Community: Hurts, Haim, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Peace, Morrissey

Music Moment Of The Year: Pussy Riot are freed, Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury, Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust, Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury, Morrissey’s autobiography is released, Kanye West brings Jesus on stage

Worst Band: One Direction, The Wanted, The 1975, Imagine Dragons, 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse

Hero Of The Year: Alex Turner, David Bowie, Este Haim, Russell Brand, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed

Villain Of The Year: Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Harry Styles, David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Russell Brand