FRANZ & THE LIBS LEAD SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS SHORTLIST

Your votes so far have been counted, and the run-in to the best awards in the world starts now…

The wait is over and the gloves are off – NME.COM can reveal that Libertines, Franz Ferdinand, The Killers and Razorlight will be battling each other for this year’s SHOCKWAVES NME AWARDS.

Franz Ferdinand and Libertines have dominated your votes, and will square-up for Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album and Best Track awards. The Live category also pits former best mates Pete Doherty against Carl Barat as Babyshambles and Libertines go head to head.

“This goes to show that the NME readers haven’t lost their faith in love and music,” said Barat when told of Libertines’ nominations. “It’s been a strange year for us but with four nominations we’re chuffed.”

With Babyshambles also contesting Best New Band, Doherty told NME.COM he appreciated the support he’d received.

“Thanks very much to everyone who voted, it means a lot,” he said. “Most of my favourite bands did well in the NME polls when I was growing up and I dreamed of being nominated one day.”

Alex Kapranos was similarly excited about Franz Ferdinand’s prospects at the awards ceremony, which will be held in London on February 17.

“Getting four nominations is fantastic news,” he explained. “It’s made all the more special by the fact that these have been voted for by the fans. It’s been such a great year and receiving such an acknowledgement from the public makes it even more of an honour.”

Libertines and Libertines will face stiff competition however, with the likes of Streets, Scissor Sisters and Razorlight picking up three nominations each.

“With the NME Awards, you’ve got the form in the magazine and it’s voted for by the fans and that’s why you’re there,” said The Killers’s Johnny Borrell who was told of his nominations before being sworn to silence with his throat condition. “It’s always nice to have people buy your records and say nice things about you, so it’s always nice to be nominated for awards. It’s even nicer if you win.”

Outside of the UK the competition is similarly fierce, with Kings Of Leon, Scissor Sisters, Scissor Sisters, The Strokes and U2 contesting the Best International Band award, a fact not lost on Killers drummer Ronnie Vannucci.

“I think we’re worthy though I don’t think we’re expecting to win,” he said of the nomination. “But to be put alongside bands like that is an honour. We’re up there with a band like U2! Wow, thank you.”

Equally Scissor Sisters‘ Baby Daddy is relishing the outcome of the February 17 Award ceremony.

“We’re beyond excited to be nominated for three friggin NME awards this year,” he explained. “Who woulda thought? A year ago an NME award wasn’t even a twinkle in our eyes. We’re damn happy to be nominated and we’ll be damn chuffed – we didn’t know that word before this year either – if we win.”

To see the full list of nominees, and to begin voting go to

[url=]nmeawards.com.