Best line your stomach and pull on your drinking pants – it’s the NME Awards tonight! The whole thing kicks off at London’s O2 Academy Brixton from 7pm. Bookmark our liveblog and follow the event as it happens. You’ll then be able to watch it all on TV on Channel 4, Saturday March 3.
Presented by Jack Whitehall, the ceremony will feature live performances from The Maccabees, Kasabian and The Vaccines, while The Horrors and Florence And The Machine are set to perform a very special collaboration on the night.
Noel Gallagher will also perform live, as well as picking up the Godlike Genius Award, while Pulp – recipients of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award – will make their live comeback at the ceremony.
But, with 10 million votes having been cast, who do you think will win? Who deserves to? Let’s look at some key categories, starting with:
Best British Band (supported by Sonos)
Bombay Bicycle Club
(Last year’s winner: Muse)
According to MusicMetric the act in this category getting the biggest social media buzz ahead of the Awards is Muse, followed closely by Arctic Monkeys. Here’s their visualisation:
Best International Band (supported by T4)
(Last year’s winner: My Chemical Romance)
Foo Fighters have this one sown up, if online chatter is any guide.
Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
(Last year’s winner: Hurts)
In this category, not surprisingly, the act generating the most heat online is Lana Del Rey. But is MusicMetric’s data a predictor of who will win on the night? You’ll just have to wait and find out.
Best Album (supported by HMV)
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Suck It And See’
The Horrors – ‘Skying’
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’
PJ Harvey – ‘Let England Shake’
The Vaccines – ‘What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?’
(Last year’s winner: Arcade Fire – ‘The Suburbs’)
You’ll find the full list of nominees here. Whatever happens, and whoever wins, it promises to be a spectacular night – keep an eye on Twitter and the liveblog to find out who wins, the second it’s announced.