HAVE A BET ON THE NME CARLING AWARDS!

Thanks to Ladbrokes you can - and Coldplay are early favourites...

As if the announcement of the NME CARLING AWARDS nominations this week isn’t exciting enough, check this out – for the first time ever, you’ll be able to have a flutter on what the winners will be!

Ladbrokes and NME have joined forces so that you can bet on four categories of this year’s Awards: Best UK Band, Best International Band, Best Album and Best Single.

AsNME’s official bookmaking partner, Ladbrokes will be overseeing betting for the Awards, the most exciting gong-fest in the land. To place your bets, click on www.ladbrokes.com, where you’ll find all you need to know. The winners will be announced at our annual Awards bonanza, at Po Na Na, Hammersmith, on February 13. So you can toast your winnings by splurging ’em on champagne – or sob over your lost lucre – after that!

Ladbrokes’ betting boffins have come up with the odds as they see them, and as we went to press, the field was taking shape. Coldplay

are streaking ahead as favourites so far in the Best UK Band, Best Album AND Best Single categories, with a major shock for the royalRadiohead

, who lag in at 10-1 in the Best Band category – behind [/a]! Even Oasis are getting longer odds than[a], at 6-1 against the whippersnappers’ 4-1 – the old guard could be in for a fight to keep their honours this year!

Remarkably, [/a]

are currently outsiders in both Best Album and Best Single categories, with odds of 16-1 and 12-1 respectively. Even [a] get a remarkably poor showing for ‘Highly Evolved’ in the Best Album section, second-lowest at 8-1.

Of course, these odds will be subject to change as betting goes on, so click through www.ladbrokes.com to get the latest. Good luck!