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The 20 hottest women in music - as voted by NME

  • Ladyhawke is currently riding high in our poll to determine the most fanciable female artists of 2008. You can help decide the eventual winner, who will be announced at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009, by voting at NME.COM/AWARDSVOTE.

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  • Rachel Yamagata has had a varied musical career - she was once part of Chicago funk-fusion band Bumpus, but later helped out Ryan Adams on his 'Cold Roses' album, and sang backing vocals on six tracks on Bright Eyes' 2007 album 'Cassadaga'.

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  • Before her recording career with Rilo Kiley took off, Jenny Lewis was an actress. She starred in over a dozen teen-themed movies, and also had a small role in 'Baywatch'.

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  • Rihanna. The R&B star was scheduled to appear in the 'X Factor' final on December 17 but dropped out at the last minute, only to be replaced by Beyonce Knowles. Her signature song has been covered by artists as diverse as Manic Street Preachers, Biffy Clyro, My Chemical Romance and Tegan & Sara.

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  • Theoretical Girl has toured with the likes of Good Shoes and Maximo Park, and admitted that when she supported the latter at London's Brixton Academy in 2007 she was so overcome she "shed a little tear" afterwards.

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  • She's been part of the Sugababes line-up since 2001, but before that Heidi Range was an original member of another girl group - Atomic Kitten. She left Liz McClarnon and Kerry Katona behind in early 1999 after singing on the Scouse group's early demo tapes. Apparently she preferred to sing more R&B-style tunes...

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  • Gwenno Pipette, the keyboard player and singer in The Pipettes, is the daughter of noted Cornish poet and linguist Tim Saunders.

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  • Cheryl Cole, Girls Aloud. The girl-band singer is accustomed to being celebrated for her looks. As a teenager she won the coveted title of Most Attractive Girl at Newcastle's Metro Centre. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Hayley Williams, Paramore. Users of NME.COM have voted the Christian pop-punk vocalist the most attractive woman in music, 2008. After a troubled 12 months in which the band went on a brief hiatus, Paramore end 2008 on a high, contributing two songs to the soundtrack of the high-profile 'Twilight' vampire movie. Pic: PA Photo

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  • Katy Perry. The pastor's daughter-turned-pop star broke big in 2008 with 'I Kissed A Girl', but it was not her first shot at fame. She released a gospel album back in 2001, and was named Next Big Thing by Blender magazine as far back as 2004. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Sarah Harding, Girls Aloud. Harding recently gave a garbled interview with NME in which she described a drunken encounter with Razorlight frontman Johnny Borrell: "I was so drunk. I was going, 'You've got no respect for us 'cos we don't write all our songs!' And he was like, 'Sarah, chill out'."

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  • Alicia Keys certainly has one celebrity admirer - on 'Thunder On The Mountain' the opening track of his 2006 album 'Modern Times', Bob Dylan states that he's been "thinking about" the R&B star. Pic: PA Photos

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  • The Ting Tings' singer Katie White kicked off her musical career in her native Manchester in a hardcore feminist 'Riot Grrl'-style trio called TKO - short for Technical Knock Out. Pic: Dean Chalkley

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  • Hip actress Zooey Deschanel was a good choise to star in 2000's musical rites-of-passage movie 'Almost Famous'- she performs herself in the jazz cabaret band If All The Stars Were Pretty Babies. She also formed a band this year with American singer M Ward, releasing album 'Volume One' as the She & Him.

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  • Kate Nash should have her second album out in 2009, and has already revealed that one tune, 'Cat Song', is inspired by legendary '60s girl group The Supremes. The singer also says that there will be more "punk"-style songs... Pic: PA Photos

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  • Kylie Minogue celebrated the 20th anniversary of her first UK chart hit, 'I Should Be So Lucky', in 2008. The song reached the top of the UK chart, but she had already scored an Aussie Number One in 1987 with her cover of '50s party tune 'The Loco-Motion'. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Before finding fame in Girls Aloud, Nadine Coyle sent a demo tape to her future co-manager Louis Walsh. The songs on it include a cover of Sting's 'Fields Of Gold' and the song made famous in 'The Wizard Of Oz', 'Over The Rainbow'.

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  • Lily Allen's dad is, of course, comedian and actor Keith Allen. But when she was young she was brought up for a period by another comedian - Harry Enfield, who was in a relationship with the singer's mum. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Beyonce accompanied her husband Jay-Z to Glastonbury, where he headlined this year. But there was just one problem - she admitted she was annoyed there was none of the legendary mud because she had bought a pair of wellies especially for the event. Pic: PA Photos

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  • Feist became a YouTube star this year when her performance of the song '1234' on 'The Muppet Show' became a viral sensation. The singer-songwriter called the experience a 'career highlight'.

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