Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 – Best Album?

With just a day to go until the Awards kick off in London, we thought we’d get in the mood by discussing another of the categories: Best Album.


Voting’s closed now, but to recap the nominees:

* Crystal Castles, ‘Crystal Castles II’
* Foals, ‘Total Life Forever’
* My Chemical Romance, ‘Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys’
* Arcade Fire, ‘The Suburbs’
* Two Door Cinema Club, ‘Tourist History’.
(Last year’s winner: Kasabian, ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’).

So which of those albums deserves the award? You’d think Arcade Fire would have to be favourites after their Grammy and Brit triumphs – but it’s not a certainty. Whereas those ceremonies are industry-led, our awards are voted for by readers and website users… so anything could happen.

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Watch the Shockwaves NME Awards on Channel 4, Saturday 26 February