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VO5 NME Awards 2018: Lorde and Charli XCX lead nominees

Story by Jack Foley

GLOBAL megastars Lorde and Charli XCX have topped the nominations for this year’s VO5 NME Awards 2018.

They are followed closely by Dua Lipa and St. Vincent, both receiving three nods for hotly contested categories such as Best Track, Best Video, Best International Solo Artist, Best British Solo Artist, Best Album and many more.

Waving the flag for guitar heroes are Wolf Alice, Kasabian and Foo Fighters who also topped the polls with three nominations for classic categories such as Best British Band and Best Live Artist.

The winners will be revealed at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14, 2018. Limited tickets for the event, which will feature a career-spanning set from 2018’s VO5 NME Awards Godlike Genius Liam Gallagher, are available now from here.

Voting for winners is now open at awards.nme.com.

In a first for the VO5 NME Awards, NME has announce new categories, Best Mixtape and Best Collaboration, both of which reflect the wide tastes of NME readers and celebrate changing trends in pop culture.

Elsewhere, the NME Villain of the Year category remains politically charged with world leaders Donald Trump, Theresa May and Kim Jong-un battling it out for the title alongside British Conservative Party politician Jeremy Hunt, Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and two-time nominated Villain of the Year Katie Hopkins, all deemed worthy of the unfavourable gong.

On the flip side, the VO5 NME Awards Hero of the Year shortlist includes much-deserved nods to some of the most significant moments of the past year.

The Hero of the Year shortlist includes pop princess Ariana Grande following the tragic terrorist attack at Manchester Arena and her incredible work in pulling together the ‘One Love Manchester’ fundraising concert, Rose McGowan following her heroic call for action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, national treasure David Attenborough, Man’s Not Hot’s viral comedian Big Shaq, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn following an incredible year for political youth engagement, plus Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell – who alongside the release of the incredible Visions of a Life album, used her platform to support Labour in the general election.

The VO5 NME Awards 2018 shortlist in full…

BEST BRITISH BAND SUPPORTED BY ZIG-ZAG:
Alt-J
Kasabian
Wolf Alice
The 1975
The xx
Bastille

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND SUPPORTED BY 19 CRIMES:
Haim
The National
Foo Fighters
The Killers
Paramore
Migos

BEST BRITISH SOLO ARTIST SUPPORTED BY VO5:
Dua Lipa
Liam Gallagher
Ed Sheeran
Stormzy
Loyle Carner
Charli XCX

BEST INTERNATIONAL SOLO ARTIST:
Kendrick Lamar
Taylor Swift
Lorde
Lana Del Rey
St. Vincent
Father John Misty

BEST NEW ARTIST
Stefflon Don
J Hus
The Magic Gang
Sigrid
SZA
Shame

BEST ALBUM SUPPORTED BY ORANGE AMPLIFICATION:
Melodrama, Lorde
Common Sense, J Hus
Visions Of A Life, Wolf Alice
Humanz, Gorillaz
Yesterday’s Gone, Loyle Carner
Sleep Well Beast, The National

BEST TRACK SUPPORTED BY ESTRELLA GALICIA
Bless This Acid House, Kasabian
Humble Kendrick, Lamar
Green Light, Lorde
Something To Remember Me By, The Horrors
New Rules, Dua Lipa
Boys, Charli XCX

BEST LIVE ARTIST
Kasabian
Stormzy
Lorde
Royal Blood
LCD Soundsystem
Liam Gallagher

BEST FESTIVAL SUPPORTED BY ID&C
Glastonbury
Reading & Leeds
Download
Parklife
TRNSMT
Bestival

BEST COLLABORATION SUPPORTED BY VO5:
I Know You, Craig David and Bastille
Ding-A-Ling, Stefflon Don and Skepta
Continental Breakfast, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile
We Got The Power, Gorillaz and Jehnny Beth
Trigger Bang, Lily Allen and Giggs
Bestie, Yungen and Yxng Bane

BEST MIXTAPE:
Pop 2, Charli XCX
More Life, Drake
7 Nights / 7 Days, Krept & Konan
Apricot Princess, Rex Orange County
Game Over, Dave
No Bullshit, Avelino

BEST VIDEO
Sucker, The Big Moon
Boys, Charli XCX
Los Ageless, St. Vincent
Look What You Made Me Do, Taylor Swift
New Rules, Dua Lipa
Television Romance, Pale Waves

BEST FILM SUPPORTED BY ZIG-ZAG
T2 Trainspotting
Blade Runner 2049
Baby Driver
The Disaster Artist
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
It

BEST TV SHOW
Stranger Things 2
Game of Thrones
Westworld
Rick And Morty
GLOW
Peaky Blinders

MUSIC MOMENT OF THE YEAR:
One Love Manchester
The Killers play surprise set at Glastonbury
Grime4Corbyn
Noel Gallagher plays Don’t Look Back In Anger at Manchester Arena
Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl
Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington tribute concert

BEST FESTIVAL HEADLINER
Muse
Boy Better Know
Ed Sheeran
Noel Gallagher
Foo Fighters
The 1975

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL:
Festival No.6
Boardmasters
Wilderness
Field Day
End Of The Road
Kendal Calling

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR:
Donald Trump
Theresa May
Katie Hopkins
Piers Morgan
Kim Jong-un
Jeremy Hunt

HERO OF THE YEAR
Ariana Grande
Rose McGowan
Jeremy Corbyn
Ellie Rowsell
Big Shaq
David Attenborough

BEST RE-ISSUE
OKNOTOK, Radiohead
Purple Rain, Prince
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, The Beatles
Automatic For The People, REM
The Queen Is Dead, The Smiths
Radiator, Super Furry Animals

BEST MUSIC BOOK
Eskiboy, by Wiley
F*ck, That’s Delicious, by Action Bronson
David Bowie: A Life, by Dylan Jones
Can’t Stand Up For Falling Down, by Allan Jones
Meet Me In The Bathroom, by Lizzy Goodman
2023: A Trilogy, by The KLF

BEST MUSIC FILM
Gaga: Five Foot Two
L7: Pretend We’re Dead
Bunch Of Kunst
George Michael: Freedom
England Is Mine
Whitney: Can I Be Me