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NME Awards 2014: Arctic Monkeys lead nominees

Arctic Monkeys, AM

Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys have topped this year’s NME Award nominations with eight nods, including best British band and best album for their fifth LP, AM.

The Sheffield band will face competition from the likes of Californian all-sister trio Haim, who have six nods, and Queens Of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire, who each received three nominations.

AM faces competition in the best album category from Queens Of The Stone Age’s Like Clockwork, Peace’s In Love, Kanye West’s Yeezus, Silence Yourself by Savages and Drenge with their self-titled debut.

They will compete against dance duo Disclosure, who topped last week’s Brit Award nominations, for best British band as well as Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro and Two Door Cinema Club.

Among the nominations for hero of the year, meanwhile, are punk band Pussy Riot, who were shortlisted following the imprisonment of two of the band’s members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhinain, in Russia for performing a protest song in Moscow’s main cathedral.

Their release last month is also nominated in the NME’s “music moment of the year” category, which – to remain consistent – subsequently shortlisted Russian President Vladimir Putin for “villain of the year” alongside Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, One Direction’s Harry Styles, British Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian/revolutionary Russell Brand (who was also shortlisted among the heroes).

Rock legends David Bowie and his former collaborator Lou Reed, who died last year, are also among the nominees for hero of the year.

Bowie, meanwhile, is also shortlisted for best solo artist along with Lily Allen, Jake Bugg, Lorde, Sir Paul McCartney and Kanye West.

NME editor Mike Williams said: “The past 12 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.”

The winners are mostly chosen by public vote and the awards will be presented on February 26, 2014, at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London.

The main nominees are…

Best British band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Two Door Cinema Club

Best international band
Arcade Fire
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Queens Of The Stone Age
Vampire Weekend

Best solo artist
Lily Allen
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
Sir Paul McCartney
Kanye West

Best new band
Courtney Barnett
Jagwar Ma
Swim Deep
Wolf Alice

Best live band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best album
Arctic Monkeys – AM
Drenge – Drenge
Peace – In Love
Queens Of The Stone Age – …Like Clockwork
Savages – Silence Yourself
Kanye West – Yeezus

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

Worst band
30 Seconds To Mars
The 1975
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
The Wanted

Hero of the year
Russell Brand
David Bowie
Este Haim
Pussy Riot
Lou Reed
Alex Turner

Villain of the year
Russell Brand
David Cameron
Miley Cyrus
Vladimir Putin
Harry Styles
Robin Thicke