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NME Awards 2012 Nominations

| On 30, Jan 2012

NME is excited to reveal the nominations for its prestigious NME Awards 2012 which take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday 29 February.  They can also reveal that Kasabian, and The Vaccines are amongst the performers on the night and that Florence Welch and The Horrors are gearing up for a very special collaboration. British comedy’s hottest new star, Jack Whitehall, is confirmed to host the awards, tickets for the iconic ceremony go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 February and are available at .


An incredible eight million votes have been cast this year for the 26 award categories, proving that the NME Awards 2012 is a ceremony that music fans nationwide are truly passionate about.  Leading the nominations this year are Arctic Monkeys who are up for an unprecedented seven awards including Best British Band, Best Album and Best Track (for ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’).


Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: “We’re up for all the big ones – we’re very happy. We had a lot of fun making ‘Suck It And See’ and it’s great to be up for Best Live Band. That’s all we do – record or play live – so it’s good to be recognised!”


Kasabian and The Horrors are set to fight Arctic Monkeys for the night’s biggest awards, with Kasabian up for three awards including Best British Band and Best Live Act and The Horrors up for Best British Band and Best Album.  Despite not having an album out since 2009, Muse are nominated for Best British Band and Best Live Band whilst The Vaccines crown their incredible year with nominations for Best New Band and Best Album.  Elsewhere, Florence + The Machine is up for Best Solo Artist, Best Track (for ‘Shake It Out’) and Florence herself is up for hottest female.

As previously announced, Noel Gallagher is the recipient of the NME Awards 2012 Godlike Genius Award.  He will also be vying for four other gongs on the night, including Best Solo Artist and Best Album for ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’.
Coalition government duo David Cameron and Nick Clegg once again attract the wrath of NME readers, both are nominated for ‘Villain Of The Year’ alongside Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.  Hero Of The Year will be fought out by Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Matt Bellamy (Muse), Noel Fielding and Noel Gallagher.


The NME Awards 2012 are thrilled to confirm comedy’s fastest rising star Jack Whitehall as this year’s host.  Having established himself as a prodigious talent on the UK comedy scene with sell out tour shows up and down the country and two British Comedy Award nominations to boot, he’s the perfect choice to keep a room of rowdy rock stars in check.  Referencing the infamous NME Awards 2006, hosted by Russell Brand, Jack commented: “It’s brilliant to be able to host the NME awards I’m one step closer to having Bob Geldof call me a c*nt!”.


NME Awards 2012 nominations in full:


Best British Band supported by Sonos

Arctic Monkeys

Bombay Bicycle Club

The Horrors




Best International Band supported by T4

Arcade Fire

Foo Fighters


Odd Future (OFWGKTA)

The Strokes


Best Solo Artist supported by Rekorderlig


Florence + The Machine

Frank Turner

Laura Marling

Miles Kane

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds


Best New Band supported by Boxfresh

Foster The People

Lana Del Rey


The Vaccines

Wu Lyf


Best Live Band supported by Carling

Arctic Monkeys




Two Door Cinema Club


Best Album supported by HMV

Artic Monkeys – Suck It and See

The Horrors – Skying

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds

PJ Harvey – Let England Shake

The Vaccines – What did you Expect from the Vaccines?


Best Track supported by Fender

Arctic Monkeys – The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala

Bombay Bicycle – Club Shuffle

Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out

Hurts – Sunday

Lana Del Rey – Video Games


Dancefloor Anthem supported by NME Radio

Azelia Banks – 212

Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Justice – Civilization

Katy B – Broken Record

Metronomy – The Bay


Best Video supported by

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

Beyonce – Countdown

Hurts – Sunday

Lana Del Rey – Video Games

Tyler, The Creator – Yonkers


Best TV Show

Dr Who

Fresh Meat


Never Mind The Buzzcocks

This is England 88


Best Festival



Reading & Leeds

T In The Park



Best Film

Black Swan


Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two




Best Music Film

Back and Forth – Foo Fighters

Living in the Material World – George Harrison

Talihina Sky – Kings of Leon

There are no Innocent Bystanders – Libertines

Upside Down – The Creation Records Story


Greatest Music Moment

Brian May joins My Chemical Romance on stage at Reading Festival

Kasabian see in 2012 with their epic O2 show

Noel Gallagher launches solo career with classic press conference

Pulp steal the show at Glastonbury with secret set

The Stone Roses Reunite

Best Re-issue

Manic Street Preachers – National Treasures

Nirvana – Never Mind

Primal Screen – Screamadelica

Rolling Stones – Some Girls

The Smiths – Complete Re-Issues


Best Book

Jarvis Cocker – Mother, Brother, Lover.  Selected Lyrics

Noel Fielding – The Scribblings of A Madcap Shambleton

Jared Leto – Notes from the Outernet

Shaun Rider – Twisting My Melon

Malcolm X – A Life of Reinvention


Hero Of The Year

Alex Turner

Dave Grohl

Matt Bellamy

Noel Fielding

Noel Gallagher


Villain Of The Year

Justin Bieber

David Cameron

Nick Clegg

Liam Gallagher

Lady Gaga


Worst Album

Justin Bieber – Under The Mistletoe

Coldplay – Mylo Xyloto

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

One Direction – Up All Night

Viva Brother – Famous First Words


Worst Band

Beady Eye



One Direction

Viva Brother


Best Album Artwork

Arctic Monkeys – Suck It And See

Bjork – Biophilia

Bombay Bicycle Club – A Different Kind of Fix

Friendly Fires – Pala

Jay Z and Kanye West – Watch The Throne


Best Band Blog or Twitter






Best Small Festival

Field Day

Hop Farm


Kendall Calling



Most Dedicated Fans

Arctic Monkeys



My Chemical Romance

30 Seconds To Mars


Hottest Male

Matt Bellamy – Muse

Andy Biersack – Black Veil Brides

Dom Howard – Muse

Jared Leto – 30 Seconds To Mars

Gerard Way – My Chemical Romance


Hottest Female

Marina Diamandis – Marina And The Diamonds

Amy Lee – Evanescence

Katy Perry

Florence Welch – Florence + The Machine

Hayley Williams – Paramore



The NME Awards season gets underway with the NME Awards Tour.  Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club with Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks also on the bill it kicks off at O2 Academy Glasgow on February 8.