It’s the battle of the shittest in the Worst Band category as the pictured Jonas Brothers take on Tokio Hotel (eugh), Scouting For Girls (eek), Fall Out Boy (bleurgh) – and Oasis.
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Glastonbury last won the Best Live Event in 2005, and since then Reading & Leeds have stolen the crown every time. Can Jay-Z, Kings Of Leon and The Verve help the Eavises regain their prize? Also up: IOW, T In The Park, V Festival and Tunbridge Wells Real Ale And Pie Festival. One of these may not be true.
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Miles and Alex strike a pose and get ready to collect their award for Best Video – if they beat off the likes of Late Of The Pier, Oasis, Radiohead and Vampire Weekend. This award is brought to you by NME TV; tune in on Sky Channel 382 to catch all the videos and make your own mind up, then head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE to cast that all-important vote.
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Is MGMT’s ‘Time To Pretend’ the best track of the last 12 months? If you think so head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE now to let us know. In previous year’s this has been won by Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’ (2008), Franz’s ‘Take Me Out’ (2005), Ash’s ‘Burn Baby Burn’ (2002) and Aphex Twin’s ‘Windowlicker’ (2000).
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Kings Of Leon’s ‘Only By The Night’ is up for Best Album, against Bloc Party’s ‘Intimacy’, Glasvegas’ eponymous debut, The Killers’ ‘Day & Age’ and Oasis’ ‘Dig Out Your Soul’.
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Last year they won Best Live Band, the year before Best British Band, in 2005 Best Live Band… and this year they’re up for Best Live Band again. help them towards the triple, or knock them out by voting for their opponents The Killers, KOL, Oasis or Radiohead over at NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE now!
Vampire Weekend – Best New Band? You decide. Best New Bands in the past have gone on to great things – just ask The Enemy, Klaxons, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay, The Strokes, The Libertines…
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Jay-Z, Laura Marling, Ladyhawke, Lightspeed Champion and Pete Doherty are all battling it out for Best Solo Artist this year. The Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 takes place on February 25 at London’s Brixton Academy.
Despite the increasingly freaky dress sense and photo shoot concepts, The Killers still deliver the goods on record and live, as reflected by their nomination for Best International Band this year. The won it last year too.
Oasis have seven nominations between them this year, including both Best and Worst Band, Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Video, Hero Of The Year (Noel), and Best Blog.
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“Seven nominations you say, is that all?” quoth Gallagher senior on hearing he’s up for the most awards this year (joint with Alex Turner), including Hero Of The Year – along with Alex Turner, Barack Obama, Brandon Flowers and Noel Fielding. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE to have the final say. Pic: Dean Chalkley
If it doesn’t win Best Venue it should certainly win Best Sign: the Barrowland venue in Glasgow. London’s 02 Arena, Brixton Academy and Astoria (RIP) are up too, along with Manchester’s Apollo.
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The Best DVD category this year will be a hotly contested event, with Foo Fighters at Wembley, Arctic Monkeys at the Apollo and Kaiser Chiefs at Elland Road fighting it out alongside Muse’s ‘HAARP’ and Martin Scorsese’s docuumntary of The Rolling Stones, ‘Shine A Light’.
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Who’s your sexiest female? Lykke Li (pictured) is up against Kate Jackson of The Long Blondes, The Kills’ Alison Mosshart, Paramore’s Hayley Williams and folk songstress Stephanie Dosen.
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In recent years it’s been won by Noel Fielding, Pete Doherty and bizarrely Matt Bellamy. But who will clinch the title at this year’s ceremony on Feb 25? Carl Barat, Keith Murray, the aforementioned Bellamy, Miles Kane and Pete Doherty are all fighting it out this year. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE to get the final say.
A new category this year: Best Band Blog. Foals, Radiohead, Lightspeed Champion, Oasis and Little Boots have all written online masterpieces this year, but who gets your vote? Head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE to get the final say.
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Some of you don’t go for the heroin chic, tattooed sailor girl look – you voted Amy Winehouse one of the Worst Dressed people of the year, along with Pete Doherty, Johnny Borrell, pseudo-lesbian Katy Perry and the always hilarious Mr Brandon Flowers. Head over to NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE to get the final say.
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Was it something I said? George Bush ponders whether it was Iraq, the economy, his treatment of Hurricane Katrina or perhaps his choice of tie that earnt him the Shockwaves NME Awards version of a shoe to the face, the Villian Of The Year award. Pic: PA Photos
He’s up for Worst Dressed. And Best Dressed. One thing is for sure: Brandon Flowers polarises opinion, which is what every great rock star should do. Fighting it out for Best Dressed this year are Alex Turner, Alexa Chung (maybe they should win as a couple), and the Noels Gallagher and Fielding. It’s a coveted role, won previously by Faris Rotter, Noel Fielding and, bizarrely, Ricky Wilson. Pic: Pieter M Van Hattem