Find out if the likes of Muse and My Chemical Romance will be celebrating

The shortlist for this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards can be announced today (January 29), and it looks like being one of the closest contests in years.

This year’s five big bands have dominated the voting so far, with Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, The Killers, My Chemical Romance and Muse all picking up four nominations each.

To make things even tenser, all four groups go head-to-head in the Best Album category, while they’ll also be up against each other in categories as varied as Best British Band, Best International Band and Best Live Band.

Elsewhere the likes of Jarvis Cocker and Lily Allen should ensure that Best Solo Artist will be close, while Best New Band sees hot newcomers like The View, Klaxons and The Kooks all squaring up.

To see this year’s nominations select from the categories below:

Best British Band

Best International Band

Best Solo Artist

Best New Band

Best Live Band

Best Album

Best Track, Best DVD and the rest of 2007’s nominations

Now it’s your chance to vote for who will be taking home the gongs at the March 1 ceremony at London’s Hammersmith Palais.

Go to NME.COM/awards to vote and check out this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from January 31 – for a brand new interviews with each of the five bands leading this year’s awards.