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NME Awards 2006 - Kaisers gain record nominations

Kaiser Chiefs

Story by Jack Foley

THE Kaiser Chiefs have followed up their impressive showing at the Brit Award nominations by leading the nominations for this year’s NME Awards.

The popular Leeds-based rockers have received a record six nods, including best British band, live band, album, track, music DVD and video awards.

It is the first time in the awards history that one band has been nominated for so many awards.

But they face strong competition from both Franz Ferdinand and Oasis, who each have five nominations, and newcomers Arctic Monkeys, who grabbed four nominations, despite their debut album, Whatever People Say, That’s What I’m Not only being released on Monday (January 23).

The winners will be decided by NME readers and announced at an awards ceremony at London’s Hammersmith Apollo on February 23, 2006.

The Kaiser Chiefs shot to prominence last year following the release of their album, Employment and its singles, I Predict A Riot, Every Day I Love You Less and Less and Modern Way.

They were the brightest of several new breakthrough acts to emerge in 2005 – making it a good year for the UK music scene.

Sheffield-based the Arctic Monkeys, meanwhile, look set to be this year’s sensations. They reached number one at the end of 2005 with I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor and are top of the charts once again with their second single, When The Sun Goes Down.

The band is up for four awards – best British band, new band, live band and track. Competing with them in the best new band category are the equally excellent Editors, The Magic Numbers, Maximo Park and We Are Scientists.

Last year’s big winners, Franz Ferdinand, are in the running for best British band, live band, album, track and video, following the release of their second album You Could Have It So Much Better.

And this year’s Godlike Genius Award will go to former Stone Roses frontman, Ian Brown, who enjoyed the most successful 12 months of his solo career to date in 2005.

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