Story: Jack Foley
FRANZ Ferdinand have followed their success at the
Brit Award nominations with another handful at the NME Awards.
The Scottish rockers received five nominations, including best
British band, best live act, single, album
Lead singer, Alex Kapranos, said the nominations came as 'fantastic
news', particularly as they were compiled from votes from fans.
The band enjoyed a phenomenally successful 2004, during which
they also won the Mercury
But they will face stiff opposition
in all categories, with indie favourites, The Libertines and Kasabian
posing the biggest threat in the best band category, along with
Muse and Snow Patrol.
Indeed, The Libertines
amassed four nominations of their own, as did Mike Skinner's act,
The Streets - and both will challenge Franz Ferdinand for the
best album prize.
Of other hot new acts vying for awards, The Scissor Sisters (who
enjoyed the best-selling UK album of 2004) and Razorlight have
each received three nominations, while US rockers, The Killers,
and Babyshambles, featuring former Libertines singer, Pete Doherty,
also fared well.
The awards will be voted for by readers of NME and will be given
out on February 17 at Hammersmith Palais.