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NME Awards 2017: Beyonce leads nominations


Story by Jack Foley

US singer Beyoncé has scored the most nominations at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 with a total of five.

The global superstar is up for Best International Female supported by VO5, Best Album, Best Video, Music Moment Of The Year and Hero Of The Year.

Following close behind are The 1975, Bastille, Christine And The Queens and Skepta with four nods apiece.

Wolf Alice, Kanye West and Adele all received three nominations in categories such as Best Video and Hero Of The Year.

Competing for Best British Band will be Wolf Alice, The 1975, Bastille, Years & Years, Biffy Clyro and The Last Shadow Puppets.

While Best International Band will see Tame Impala, Green Day, Kings Of Leon, Metallica, A Tribe Called Quest and Tegan And Sara battle for the trophy.

The Best British Male category will be contested between Skepta, Zayn Malik, Kano, Jamie T, Michael Kiwanuka and Richard Ashcroft.

While Best British Female will see Dua Lipa, Adele, Charli XCX, MIA, Kate Tempest and PJ Harvey go up against each other.

The results will be announced at a ceremony at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 15. The winners are decided by you – the fans – and voting is open now.

Commenting on the nominations, NME’s editor-in-chief Mike Williams said: “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.

“Covering every genre under the sun, this year’s shortlists reflect what an incredible 12 months of music we’ve had, both from returning superstars and brand new artists. We can’t wait to get them together in O2 Academy Brixton for the most rock ‘n’ roll night of the year, The VO5 NME Awards. Bring it on.”

The nominations in full…

Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag
Wolf Alice
The 1975
Years & Years
Biffy Clyro
The Last Shadow Puppets

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – Live Music Capital Of The World
Tame Impala
Kings Of Leon
Green Day
A Tribe Called Quest
Tegan and Sara

Best British Male supported by Pilot Pen Company
Zayn Malik
Jamie T
Michael Kiwanuka
Richard Ashcroft

Best British Female supported by Zadig & Voltaire
Dua Lipa
Charli XCX
Kate Tempest
PJ Harvey

Best International Male supported by VO5
Kanye West
The Weeknd
Frank Ocean
Kendrick Lamar
Chance The Rapper

Best International Female supported by VO5
Lady Gaga
Christine & The Queens
Tove Lo

Best New Artist supported by TOPMAN
Zara Larsson
Sunflower Bean
Christine and The Queens
Dua Lipa
Anderson .Paak

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
Beyoncé – 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 Live Band supported by Nikon
The 1975
Bring Me The Horizon
Christine And The Queens
Wolf Alice

Best Video
Kanye West – Famous
Beyoncé – Formation
Radiohead – Burn The Witch
Slaves – Consume Or Be Consumed
Rat Boy – Get Over It
Wolf Alice – Lisbon

Best Festival supported by ID&C
Reading & Leeds
Isle Of Wight
V Festival

Best Music Film
Oasis: Supersonic
Nick Cave And 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
Game Of Thrones
Black Mirror
People Just Do Nothing

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

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

Best Festival Headliner
Biffy Clyro
The Stone Roses

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

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

Hero Of The Year
David Bowie
Millie Bobby Brown
Gary Lineker
Liam Gallagher

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

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

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