First ever NME Awards USA takes place today (Apr 23)

Get ready for a big night in Los Angeles

The NME Awards USA are set to get underway in just a few hours time today (April 23).

The ceremony, held at Los AngelesEl Rey Theatre, gets under way from 9pm (PST) and NME.COM will be bringing you all the build-up, the red carpet arrivals, the gossip, video interviews and the awards themselves from 7pm.

You can also watch the whole of NME Awards USA live exclusively through Myspace. To access the live stream head to NME’s MySpace page at

Already a key event on the global music scene with its annual British ceremony, this is the first time the NME Awards have been staged in America and you can expect a big night at the El Rey Theatre.

The Lemonheads, Mick JonesCarbon/Silicon, Does It Offend You, Yeah? and Jane’s Addiction – whose original line-up are reforming especially for the event – will all be playing live, while the ceremony is being hosted by actor and comedian Jim Jeffries and Har Mar Superstar, – who will also be acting as NME.COM‘s roving reporter on the night.

Head to the full NME Awards USA index now at NME.COM/awardsusa, where we will have all the news, video interviews and blogs coming live throughout the night.

In the meantime, check out what’s up for grabs – and who could be winning it – below:

Indie/ Alternative Band Of The Year (supported by Myspace)

Foo Fighters

Kings of Leon

The Killers

My Chemical Romance

The White Stripes

Best Indie Alternative Solo Artist

Ryan Adams


Andrew Bird

Albert Hammond Jr

Cat Power

Best Indie/ Alternative Track

Foo Fighters ‘The Pretender’

The Killers ‘Tranquilize’

LCD Soundsystem ‘All My Friends’

My Chemical Romance ‘Teenagers’

The White Stripes ‘Icky Thump’

Best New Indie/ Alternative Solo Artist

Cass McCombs

Mark Ronson


Sam Sparro

Seasick Steve

Best International Indie/ Alternative Band

Arctic Monkeys

Arcade Fire




Best International Indie Alternative Solo Artist



Kate Nash

Jamie T

Amy Winehouse

Best International Indie/ Alternative Live Act

Arctic Monkeys

Arcade Fire

The Cribs

Kaiser Chiefs


Best International Indie/ Alternative Album

Arcade Fire ‘Neon Bible’

Arctic Monkeys ‘Favourite Worst Nightmare’

Babyshambles – ‘Shotter’s Nation’

Klaxons ‘Myths Of The Near Future’

Radiohead ‘In Rainbows’

Best International Indie/ Alternative Track

Arcade Fire ‘Intervention’

Arctic Monkeys ‘Teddy Picker’

Bloc Party ‘ Flux’

Kate Nash ‘Foundations’

Klaxons ‘Golden Skans’

Best New International Indie/ Alternative New Band

The Enemy


The Last Shadow Puppets


The Wombats

Best New International Indie/ Alternative Solo Artist

Lily Allen


Kate Nash

Lightspeed Champion

Jack Penate

Indie/ Alternative Album Of The Year (supported by

Foo Fighters ‘Echoes Silence Patience And Grace’

The Hold Steady ‘ Girls And Boys Of America’

The Killers ‘Sawdust’

Kings Of Leon ‘Because Of The Times’

The White Stripes ‘Icky Thump’

Best New Indie/ Alternative Band (supported by Yahoo! Music)

Band Of Horses

Black Kids



Vampire Weekend

Best American Indie/ Alternative Live Act

Foo Fighters

The Killers

Kings of Leon

My Chemical Romance

Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Video (supported by Heavy)

Arctic Monkeys ‘Fluorescent Adolescent’

Foo Fighters ‘Long Road To Ruin’

Justice ‘D.A.N.C.E’

The Killers ‘Tranquilize’

Oasis ‘Lord Don’t Slow Me Down’

Best Film


‘Simpsons The Movie’

‘There Will Be Blood’


‘No Country For Old Men’

Best TV Show

‘Grey’s Anatomy’



‘The Mighty Boosh’

‘The Office: An American Workplace’