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Arctic Monkeys set to shock NMEs

Sheffield rockers Arctic Monkeys lead this year's Shockwave NME Awards with seven nominations, including Best Live Band and Best Album.
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Arctic Monkeys are up for seven accolades at this year's Shockwave NME Awards.

The 'Crying Lightning' hitmakers are in the running for Best British Band, Best Album Artwork, Best Live Band, Best Track, Best Video and Best Album and Worst Album for 'Humbug', while frontman Alex Turner is up for two additional awards - Hottest Man and Hero of the Year.

Fellow rockers Kasabian are the Monkeys' biggest rivals, with six nominations including Best Album for 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'.

Alex, 24, said: "It's a good thing knowing we're still up for these awards. Kasabian have said that there aren't any other proper rock bands apart from us and them.

"I don't necessarily agree completely but I know what they're saying. I think we're just co-existing very nicely."

Kasabian frontman Tom Meighan said: "It's been a big year for us and being nominated at the NME Awards is the icing on the cake."

Despite splitting last year, Oasis are named in four categories, Best British Band, Best Live Event, Best Video for 'Falling Down' and the unwanted Worst Band slot.

Lady Gaga is up for Best Solo Artist and Hottest Woman, as well as Best Dressed and the 'honours' Worst Dressed and Worst Album.

US pop band The Jonas Brothers are up for Worst Band for the second year running, and face competition from Green Day, Paramore and JLS as well as Oasis.

This year's event takes place at The O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 24.

The Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 nominations are:

Best British Band (sponsored by Shockwaves):

Arctic Monkeys

Biffy Clyro




Best International Band (sponsored by 4music/T4):

Green Day

Kings Of Leon


Vampire Weekend

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Solo Artist:

Dizzee Rascal

Florence And The Machine

Jamie T

Julian Casablancas

Lady Gaga

Best New Band (sponsored by USC):

The Big Pink

Bombay Bicycle Club

Mumford & Sons

The xx

La Roux

Best Live Band (sponsored by Tuborg):

Arctic Monkeys




Them Crooked Vultures

Best Album (sponsored by HMV):

Arctic Monkeys - 'Humbug'

Kasabian - 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'

Muse - 'The Resistance'

The Cribs - 'Ignore The Ignorant'

The Horrors - 'Primary Colours'

Best Track (sponsored by NME Radio):

Animal Collective - 'My Girls'

Arctic Monkeys - 'Crying Lightning'

Florence And The Machine - 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'

Jamie T - 'Sticks N' Stones'

The Big Pink - 'Dominos'

Best Video (sponsored by NME TV):

Arctic Monkeys - 'Cornerstone '

Biffy Clyro - 'The Captain'

Kasabian - 'Fire'

The Maccabees - 'Can You Give It'

Oasis - 'Falling Down'

Best Live Event:

Blur at Hyde Park

Jay-Z at Alexandra Palace

Muse at Teignmouth

Oasis at Heaton Park

The Dead Weather at Shoreditch Church

Best Festival:



Reading And Leeds Festivals

T In The Park

V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler:

Dizzee Rascal And Armand Van Helden - 'Bonkers'

Florence And The Machine - 'You've Got The Love'

La Roux - 'In For The Kill' (Skream Remix)

Lady Gaga - 'Poker Face'

Yeah Yeah Yeahs - 'Zero'

Best TV Show:

The Inbetweeners

Never Mind The Buzzcocks

Peep Show


True Blood

Best Film:

(500) Days Of Summer

In The Loop

Inglourious Basterds

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Where The Wild Things Are

Best DVD:

Kings Of Leon - Live At The The O2 Arena

Flight Of The Conchords - Complete HBO Second Season

The Killers - Live From The Royal Albert Hall

The Mighty Boosh - Future Sailors

Nirvana - Live At Reading

Giving It Back Fan Award:

Kasabian and Noel Fielding for free 'Vlad The Impaler' video

Danger Mouse for leaking 'Dark Night Of The Soul'

Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt

Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets

Vampire Weekend for giving away 'Horchata' from the album 'Contra'

Hero Of The Year:

Beyonce Knowles

Noel Gallagher

Rage Against The Machine

Matt Bellamy

Alex Turner

Villain Of The Year:

Noel Gallagher

Liam Gallagher

Simon Cowell

Kanye West

Lady Gaga

Best Dressed:

Lady Gaga

Liam Gallagher

Noel Fielding

Florence Welch

Karen O

Worst Dressed:

Lady Gaga

Matt Bellamy

Katy Perry

Liam Gallagher

Elly Jackson, La Roux

Worst Album:

Green Day - '21st Century Breakdown'

Lady Gaga - 'The Fame'

The Jonas Brothers - 'Lines Vines Trying Times'

U2 - 'No Line On The Horizon'

Arctic Monkeys - 'Humbug'

Worst Band:

Green Day


Jonas Brothers



Hottest Man:

Alex Turner

Liam Gallagher

Peter Doherty

Matt Bellamy

Brandon Flowers

Julian Casablancas

Hottest Woman:

Lily Allen

Alison Mosshart


Lady Gaga

Florence Welch

Karen O

Best Website (excluding NME.COM):




Best Album Artwork:

Muse - 'The Resistance'

Green Day - '21st Century Breakdown'

Kasabian - 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'

The Cribs - 'Ignore The Ignorant'

Manic Street Preachers - 'Journal For Plague Lovers '

Best Band Blog:

Muse ( and

Radiohead (

Noel Gallagher (

Los Campesinos! (

Paramore (

Posted on 26 Jan 2010 10:30 to category : Music News

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