The first ever US NME Awards, set to take place on April 23 at the Los Angeles El Rey Theatre venue, will be streamed live on MySpace as part of a partnership between the awards and the social networking site.
Fans will be able to watch the awards presentations and live performances from a slew of yet-to-be-announced artists – keep checking NME.COM for details of the line-up as they emerge.
MySpace are supporting the Best Band Of The Year award at the bash, with US music fans voting for that award and the ten others that will be presenting on the night via NME.COM.
Also partnering NME for the awards are EW.com, the award-winning online extension of Entertainment Weekly, who are supporting American Alternative/Indie Album of the Year, Yahoo! Music, who are backing the Best New American Alternative/Indie Band and broadband entertainment provider Heavy.com, who are supporting Best Video.
That means the full categories for the awards are now:
Best American Alternative/Independent Band Of The Year (supported by MySpace)
Best American Alternative/independent Solo Artist
Best American Alternative/Independent Track.
Best New American Alternative/Independent Solo Artist
Best International Alt/Indie Band
Best International Alt/Indie Solo Artist
Best International Alt/Indie Live Act
Best International Alt/Indie Album
Best International Alt/Indie Track
Best New International Alt/Indie New Band
Best New International Alt/Indie Solo Artist
Best New International Alt/Indie Live Act
American Alternative/Indie Album Of The Year (supported by EW.com)
Best New American Alternative/Indie Band (supported by Yahoo! Music)
Best New American Alternative/Indie Live Act
Best Video (supported by Heavy.com)
Best TV Show
Have your say now by going to NME.COM/AwardsUSA and casting your votes for the long list. We will then count-up your votes and announce the shortlist of nominations on April 7.
Meanwhile the ceremony is not the only awards tradition that is heading over the Atlantic.
The legendary NME Awards Tour, which has given a first leg up to the likes of Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, The Killers, and most recently this year saw The Smiths’ legendary guitarist Johnny Marr hit the road playing with The Cribs, launches in north America this April.