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NME Awards nominations announced

By | Published on Friday 13 January 2017


The NME Awards, which no longer have any association with the city of Austin, Texas, so please put that out of your mind, will return – despite everything – on 15 Feb. However, the Best International Band category is sponsored by ‘Austin, Texas – Live Music Capital Of The World(r)’, whoever that is. So that’s a thing. But will there be nominees for these awards, you may ask? Yes, there will be my friend. In fact, there already are.

Having travelled back in time to 1989 to secure some sponsorship money from haircare brand VO5, back when the pound was worth something, the NME bods have pulled together yet another fine list of nominees, based on the votes of their many, many readers. As ever, the nominees for Villain Of The Year and Worst Band are totally worthwhile and stuff.

“Every year we’re bowled over by the enthusiasm of the NME readers, voting in their thousands for their favourite bands, artists, tracks, albums and more”, screeches NME editor Mike Williams. “Covering every genre under the sun, this year’s shortlists reflect what an incredible twelve months of music we’ve had, both from returning superstars and brand new artists. We can’t wait to get them together in the Brixton Academy for the most rock n roll night of the year, The VO5 NME Awards. Bring it on”.

Before that can happen though, there is more voting to be done. So much voting. Vote here.

Vote for who, you ask? Well, I think you mean ‘whom’, but it’s these folks:

Best British Band: Wolf Alice, The 1975, Bastille, Years & Years, Biffy Clyro, The Last Shadow Puppets

Best International Band: Tame Impala, Kings Of Leon, Green Day, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest, Tegan & Sara

Best British Male: Skepta, Zayn Malik, Kano, Jamie T, Michael Kiwanuka, Richard Ashcroft

Best British Female: Dua Lipa, Adele, Charli XCX, MIA, Kate Tempest, PJ Harvey

Best International Male: Kanye West, Drake, The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Kendrick Lamar, Chance The Rapper

Best International Female: Sia, Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Solange, Christine And The Queens, Tove Lo

Best New Artist: Blossoms, Zara Larsson, Sunflower Bean, Christine And The Queens, Dua Lipa, Anderson Paak

Best Live Band: Bastille, Slaves, The 1975, Bring Me The Horizon, Christine And The Queens, Wolf Alice

Best Album: Kanye West – The Life Of Pablo, Skepta – Konnichiwa, The 1975 – I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It, Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool, Bastille – Wild World, Beyonce – Lemonade

Best Track: Tove Lo – Cool Girl, Charli XCX – After The Afterparty, Skepta – Man, Bastille – Good Grief, The 1975 – Somebody Else, Christine And The Queens – Tilted

Best Reissue: REM – Out Of Time, Pink Floyd – Meddle, Oasis – Be Here Now, Michael Jackson – Off The Wall, DJ Shadow – Endtroducing, Blur – Leisure

Best Video: Kanye West – Famous, Beyonce – Formation, Radiohead – Burn The Witch, Slaves – Consume Of Be Consumed, Rat Boy – Get Over It, Wolf Alice – Lisbon

Best Festival Headliner: Coldplay, Radiohead, Biffy Clyro, Adele, Foals, The Stone Roses

Best Festival: Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, Download, Isle Of Wight, Primavera, V Festival

Best Small Festival: Y Not, Green Man, End Of The Road, Festival No 6, Kendal Calling, Slam Dunk

Best Music Film: Oasis – Supersonic, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – One More Time With Feeling, Sing Street, Gimme Danger, The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon, The Beatles – Eight Days A Week, The Touring Years

Best TV Show: Stranger Things, Fleabag, Game Of Thrones, Black Mirror, Humans, People Just Do Nothing

Best Film: Deadpool, My Scientology Movie, Captain America – Civil War, Suicide Squad, Everybody Wants Some!, Hunt For The Wilderpeople

Best Book: Alan Partridge – Nomad, Johnny Marr – Set The Boy Free, Bruce Springsteen – Born To Run, The Killers – Somewhere Outside That Finish Line, Zayn – Zayn: The Official Autobiography, Sylvia Patterson – I’m Not With The Band

Music Moment Of The Year: Bring Me The Horizon invade Coldplay’s table at NME Awards 2016, Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury, Beyonce drops Lemonade, Skepta wins the Mercury Prize, Pete Doherty plays The Bataclan, The Stone Roses’ first new music in 20 years

Hero of the Year: David Bowie, Adele, Millie Bobby Brown, Gary Lineker, Beyonce, Liam Gallagher

Villain Of The Year: Donald Trump, David Cameron, Boris Johnson, Nigel Farage, Martin Shkreli, Katie Hopkins

Worst Band: The Chainsmokers, Clean Bandit, Honey G, Nickelback, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Twenty One Pilots