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NME Awards 2010: Arctic Monkeys lead nominees

Arctic Monkeys

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys have emerged as the main contenders for success at this year’s NME Awards having secured six nominations.

The Sheffield outfit have been nominated for best British band, best live band, best album, best video and a new award recognising generosity to fans and best track, for Crying Lightning.

They’re closely followed by Kasabian, who landed five nods, and who go head to head with the Arctics in all but the best track category listed above.

Muse grabbed four nominations, while Oasis secured three despite announcing their split last year.

The best band category will therefore be fought between Muse, Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, Oasis and Biffy Clyro.

Kasabian’s Mercury prize-nominated West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum LP will, meanwhile, go head to head with Arctic Monkey’s Humbug, Muse’s Resistance, The Cribs’ Ignore The Ignorant and The Horrors’ Primary Colours for best album.

In the best international band category, meanwhile, Green Day are favourites, while Kings of Leon, Paramore, Vampire Weekend and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs offer stiff competition.

The best solo artist category will be contested between Florence & The Machine and Lady GaGa, as well as Dizzee Rascal, Jamie T and Julian Casablancas.

The 2010 NME Awards will be announced at London’s Brixton Academy on February 24, 2010.

See the 2010 nominees in full