Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood among bookies’ favourites for NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas

David Cameron and Nigel Farage favourites for Villain of the Year award

Royal Blood, Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian are among bookmakers’ favourites to leave the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas victorious.

The NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas takes place tonight at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (February 18). Bookmakers William Hill has marked Royal Blood out among the favourites to take home the award Best New Band supported by Replay with odds of (7/4). However, they will have competition from Circa Waves (4/1), FKA Twigs (4/1) and Jungle (2/1) on the night.

Meanwhile, Jamie T (5/4), Jake Bugg (3/1), Jack White (4/1) will contest the award for Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion, leaving Lana Del Rey and St Vincent as outsiders.

The Villain of the Year award, won in recent years by Harry Styles of One Direction, is tipped to go in a political direction this year with Prime Minister David Cameron and UKIP leader Nigel Farage tied. Styles is in the running once more, as too are Bono, Russell Brand and Taylor Swift.

Arctic Monkeys’ success at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas sees them installed as favourites for the prize of Best British Band supported by Marshall Amp with odds of 5/2. However, fellow nominees The Libertines, Kasabian, Alt-J, Chvrches and Royal Blood will all be hoping to cause an upset on the night.

Best New Band supported by Replay

Circa Waves (4/1)
FKA Twigs (4/1)
Jungle (2/1)
Royal Blood (7/4)
Slaves (14/1)
Superfood (14/1)

Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion

Jack White (4/1)
Jake Bugg (3/1)
Jamie T (5/4)
La Roux (6/1)
Lana Del Rey (8/1)
St Vincent (12/1)

Best British Band supported by Marshall Amp

Alt-J (10/1)
Arctic Monkeys (5/2)
Chvrches (12/1)
Kasabian (6/4)
Royal Blood (6/1)
The Libertines (4/1)

Villain of the Year

Bono (14/1)
David Cameron (7/4)
Nigel Farage (7/4)
Russell Brand (6/1)
Taylor Swift (12/1)
Harry Styles (5/2)

Stay with us here at NME.COM/awards to get all the latest news, videos, photos and gossip from the ceremony, which will see Suede receive the Godlike Genius Award.

One of Britpop’s most iconic groups, the band will pick up the award in person and also perform live at the event.

In addition to Suede, Royal Blood will perform live on the night as will Run The Jewels, The Vaccines and Charli XCX. Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will return to host the show for the second year in a row, which kicks off at 8.45pm, with arrivals and red carpet action from earlier in the evening.

Awards to be handed out tonight include Best British Band supported by Marshall, Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow, Best New Band supported by Replay, Best Track supported by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Best International Band supported by Austin and Best Solo Artist supported by Pilot Frixion.

You’ll be able to watch all the highlights on NME.com after the show.

The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas includes Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves. The tour begins tomorrow (February 19) and tickets are available now.

IN PHOTOS: The story of the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas.
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