Arctic Monkeys picked up both Best New Band and Best British Band at the UK NME Awards in 2006, but will any of their five nominations, for Best International Band, Best International Live Act, Best International Album (for ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’), Best International Track (for ‘Teddy Picker’) or Best Video (for ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’), come to fruition? Pic: Tom Sheehan
The five nominations for Best New Solo Artist are Mark Ronson, Santogold, Sam Sparro, Cass McCombs and Seasick Steve. Pic: PA Photos
Santogold, photographed for NME last year as she reached number 48 in our annual Cool List. She’s up for Best New Solo Artist, along with Mark Ronson, Sam Sparro, Cass McCombs and previously homeless bluesman Seasick Steve. Pic: Pieter M. Van Hattem
Paramore, shot for NME last August, are up for Best New Band, which is supported by MySpace, who will be streaming the entire ceremony live as it happens across the world on the social networking site. Pic: Ed Miles
Vampire Weekend’s drummer Chris Tomson was hospitalised after the UK NME Awards this year, when a hit-and-run driver knocked him over outside the debauched after-party at London’s Hoxton Hotel. They’ll be hoping for better fortune on April 23, where they’re nominated for Best New Band.
MGMT, who might as well be called HYPE after the amount of critical and celebrity acclaim they’ve garnered, are up for Best New Band, but will your votes reflect the love they’re currently feeling across the US? Pic: Ellis Parrinder
Black Kids are up for Best New Band, even though the self-deprecating Floridians called their own debut album “terrible” on NME.COM. The band head out on a US tour from April 25.
Best New Band will be a tightly-fought battle this year, as Black Kids, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, Paramore and Band Of Horses (pictured at their London NME Awards Show) are all nominated. You’ll be able to see the winners, losers, champions and liggers all live on MySpace when the ceremony takes place tonight. British fans can get all the news and pictures when they wake up right here on NME.COM. Pic: Tim Cochrane
The NME Awards are the most notorious, star-studded night of debauchery in the UK calendar – so much so that one fan once snuck inside in a crate full of tablecloths. As they come to the USA for the first time, Foo Fighters, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, The White Stripes and LCD Soundsystem will be fighting it out for Best Track. James Murphy’s crew are nominated for ‘All My Friends’. Pic: Anoulay Tsai
The Hold Steady whipped up a storm in the US last year on the NNME Rock And Roll Riot USA jaunt, and are seen here at Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel, Rhode Island. They’ll be hoping to pick up Best Album for ‘Girls And Boys Of America’. Pic: Guy Eppel
Foo Fighters are up for five awards at the first US NME Awards tonight. Dave Grohl will need to prepare possible acceptance speeches for Best Band, Best Live Band, Best Album (for ‘Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace’), Best Track (‘The Pretender’) and Best Video (‘Long Road To Ruin’). Pic: Guy Eppel
Beck is up for Best Solo Artist. He recently re-released his classic 1996 album ‘Odelay’ with a bonus CD of extra tracks, and also admitted in February that many of his lyrics, including those for ‘The New Pollution’ and ‘Devil’s Haircut’, were nonsense ‘scratch’ vocals. Pic: PA Photos
Albert Hammond Jr is hoping to pick up Best Solo Artist tonight. Head over to www.myspace.com/nmemagazine to catch the ceremony, hosted by Har Mar Superstar and Jim Jeffries, live at 9pm PST tonight.
Pic: Pieter Van M Hattem
Cat Power is – along with Ryan Adams, Albert Hammond Jr, Andrew Bird and Beck – hoping to pick up Best Solo Artist. Kate Nash was awarded that title in London in February at our UK awards ceremony. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
Arrests, bloodshed, mud-slinging and public snogging (that’ll be Kylie with The Strokes)â
Despite Jack White spending a lot of time with The Raconteurs this past year, it’s his day job with The White Stripes that’s pulled in the nominations, including Best Band and Best Track (‘Icky Thump’). But will he emerge from the El Rey theatre triumphant tonight?
Who would you crown America’s Best Live Band? Queens Of The Stone Age are up against some real live heavyweights, including Foo Fighters, The Killers, Kings Of Leon and My Chemical Romance. Find out who wins at the star-studded ceremony, live on MySpace from 9pm PST tonight (5am in the UK!)
My Chemical Romance are looking at three chances to win at the inaugural US NME Awards in Los Angeles tonight; they’re up for Best Band, Best Live Band and Best Track (‘Teenagers’). Pic: Pamely Littky
Southern rocking ladies’ men Kings Of Leon have several USA NME Awards 2008 nominations under their belts, including Best Band, Best Live Band, and Best Album, for ‘Because Of The Times’. See if they manage to bag any of these at tonight’s ceremony, which will be screened live on MySpace. Proceedings kick off at 9pm PST.
Planet indie’s most notorious party, the NME Awards, comes to the USA for the first time tonight. Las Vegas’ The Killers are up for a whopping five US NME Awards: Best Band, Best Live Band, Best Album (‘Sawdust’), Best Track (‘Tranquilize’) and Best Video (also ‘Tranquilize’). Find out more and vote today at NME.COM/AwardsUSA. Pic: PA Photos
Welsh songstress Duffy has been straddling the top of the UK charts recently, with her single ‘Mercy’. She’s up against Lily Allen, Lightspeed Champion, Kate Nash and Jack Penate for Best New International Solo Artist. Pic: PA Photos
MIA is up for Best International Solo Artist. She’ll be heading out on a US tour, starting at Coachella Festival on April 25 and taking in San Diego, Austin, Nashville, Detroit, Chicago and Toronto before wrapping up at Brooklyn’s McCarren Park Pool on June 6. Support comes from the excellent Holy Fuck. Pic: Pieter Van M Hattem
Justice rocked Madison Square Garden in New York recently, and are nominated for Best Video, for the freaky promo for ‘D.A.N.C.E.’, which was was shot by French directorial duo Jonas & FranÃ§ois with animation from So Me. Arctic Monkeys, Foo Fighters, The Killers and Oasis are also up.
NBC’s ‘Heroes’ had two nations hooked from day one. It’s up for Best TV Show alongside ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, ‘Lost’, ‘The Mighty Boosh’ and ‘The Office: An American Workplace’.
The Anton Corbijn Joy Division biopic ‘Control’ scooped Best Film at the Shockwaves NME Awards in London in February, but it faces some Oscar-winning competition from ‘No Country For Old Men’, ‘There Will Be Blood’ and ‘Juno’ at tonight’s ceremony. ‘The Simpsons Movie’ is also nominated.
The Pigeon Detectives are nominated for Best New International Live Act, and are looking to beat CSS, Klaxons, The Wombats and Foals to the prize. Pic: Danny North
Anyone who saw Kaiser Chiefs tear across the US this time last year on the ‘NME Presents Kaiser Chiefs’ tour will know they’re in with a strong chance of winning Best International Live Act.
You voted in your droves for The Cribs to be nominated as Best International Live Act, but they’ve got to beat Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Kaiser Chiefs and Muse to walk off with the title. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem
She disappointed at the MOBOs, shone at the Grammys, and survived through the Brits. But will Amy Winehouse triumph at the US NME Awards and take home the statue for Best International Solo Artist?
The NME Awards are renowned as the most rock and roll day of the year, and have seen bust ups (the legendary Blur/Oasis rivalry sparked off backstage by Liam Gallagher telling Damon Albarn “Your band is full of shit”) and bloodshed (when Ryan Jarman of The Cribs somersaulted onto a table full of wine bottles before being rushed to hospital). Jamie T is up for Best International Solo Artist.
Kate Nash, who’s up for Best International Solo Artist and hit the road on the US NME Awards tour on April 15 in Atlanta, plans to record a cover version of The Shangri-Las’ ‘Give Him A Great Big Kiss’ with Billy Bragg.
Best International Solo Artist is almost an all-girl affair. Jamie T is the only male in a category that includes Feist (pictured), Kate Nash, MIA and Amy Winehouse. Pic: PA Photos
Oasis will have to beat off, metaphorically, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Radiohead and Arcade Fire to win the Best International Band award. Noel Gallagher’s recent collaboration with Paul Weller is set to be released on May 26. Pic: Dean Chalkley
Winners of the John Peel Award for Musical Innovation at the Shockwaves NME Awards in February 2008, Radiohead will be looking to pick up Best International Band.
Muse went home with the trophy for Best Live Band at the UK NME Awards in February. Now they’re going head to head with Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Oasis for Best International Band. Pic Andy Willsher
NME awarded Babyshambles’ album ‘Shotters Nation’ 8/10 on its release last October, but will it be able to trounce efforts from Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, Klaxons and Radiohead to win Best International Album? Pic: Pennie Smith
Klaxons won the Mercury Music Prize this year and Best Album at our NME Awards, but will ‘Myths Of The New Future’ triumph in LA? Watch the live stream on MySpace to find out. Pic: Pieter Van M Hattem
CSS backstage on their tour with Gwen Stefani at National Indoor Arena in Birmingham last September. The Brazilian party-funkers are hoping to win Best New International Live Act. Pic: Guy Eppel
Jack Penate has been shortlisted for Best New International Solo Artist, alongside Duffy, Lily Allen, Lightspeed Champion, and Kate Nash. Tonight’s ceremony sees live sets from a reformed Jane’s Addiction, UK rave-rockers Does It Offend You, Yeah?, The Lemonheads, Mick Jones’ Carbon/Silicon and loads more.
Dev Hynes – shot here for his recent NME covershoot – has seen phenomenal success for his Lightspeed Champion alter ego, and will continue his quest for world domination on a US tour starting on June 3 in Washington DC. He’s up for Best New International Solo Artist.
Pic: Andy Fallon
More good news for Lily Allen – after she found out her BBC3 show has been commissioned for a second series, she’s nominated for Best New International Solo Artist.
Recent NME cover stars The Last Shadow Puppets – aka Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner and The Rascals’ Miles Kane – are nominated for Best New International Band. Their debut shows in New York were packed full of rabid fans, but they’ll need some serious love on the voting front to see off stiff competition from The Enemy, Foals, The Wombats and Klaxons. Pic: Dean Chalkley
The Wombats, shot here on a balcony outside Club NME New York, have seen punters travel for hours to make their US shows, but will this be enough to help them bag Best New International Band? The ceremony will be broadcast live on MySpace.com/NMEmagazine. Pic: Danny North
Foals have wowed crowds from the east coast to the west, and even moved to the states to record their debut album with Dave Sitek last year. They need to get more votes than The Enemy, The Wombats, The Last Shadow Puppets and Klaxons to win Best New International Band.
The Enemy, pictured during sessions for the cover of NME last July. Coventry’s finest are looking to score Best New International Band at the first ever US NME Awards, set to take place in California’s El Rey Theatre on April 23. The ceremony will also be broadcast live on MySpace.com/NMEmagazine. Pic: Dean Chalkley
At the inaugural US NME Awards 2008, Bloc Party are up for Best International Track. ‘Flux’ topped the Club NME DJs’ end of year polls for 2007, but can the band convince America they’ve released the single of the year?
Canadians Arcade Fire are up for Best International Band, Best International Live Act, Best International Album (for ‘Neon Bible’) and Best International Track (for ‘Intervention’).