As the year winds to an end, so the usual lists and debates start to appear, mulling over who created the best album or track of the year. Or who was best live and who dominated the universe musically.
We at NME have of course already got stuck in: you can view our selections for Albums Of The Year and Tracks Of The Year here.
But the real fun comes in February when the world's most exciting bands and musicians are for one very special moment all under one roof at the Shockwaves NME Awards, collecting the year's honours as determined by your votes.
Kasabian collect their 'Best Album' NME award with Noel Fielding and Courtney Love in 2010
You can be there too in 2011, if you vote now and enter to win a pair of VIP tickets to the ceremony.
Did Arcade Fire set your world alight in 2010? Or has your gaze been locked firmly on Beady Eye?
Did My Chemical Romance get your endorphins rushing? (see what I'm doing here?)
Whoever your favourites have been over the past 12 months - vote now to make sure they are duly rewarded. Shortlists will be announced in January.
SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS 2011 - VOTE NOW