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Franz Ferdinand lead the way at NME Music Awards '05


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 and video.

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 Music Prize.

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.

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