The Libertines and Wolf Alice lead nominations for NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas – voting open

Tickets also on sale for the ceremony at London's O2 Academy Brixton in February

The nominations for the NME Awards 2016 With Austin, Texas have been revealed with The Libertines, and Wolf Alice leading the list of nominees.

Following thousands of votes from NME readers, The Libertines and Wolf Alice have six nominations in total, including nods in the categories of ‘Best British Band, ‘Best Live Band’ supported by Red Stripe and ‘Best Track’.

Hot on both bands’ heels are Foals, receiving four nods across the shortlist, including Best British Band, Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe, Best Album supported by HMV and Best Track. The Maccabees, who are yet to add an NME Awards gong to their trophy set, are up for Best British Band, Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe and Best Album supported by HMV.


All nominated acts will learn their fate on February 17, when the ceremony takes place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.

The winners are decided by you – the fans – and voting is now open.

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The category of Best British Band will be contested by Foals, The 1975, Catfish & the Bottlemen and The Maccabees alongside The Libertines and Wolf Alice. This year’s prestigious ‘Best Album’ category supported by HMV will be fought out between Wolf Alice, The Maccabes, Kendrick Lamar, Tame Impala, Grimes and Foals.

Fighting it out for Best British Solo Artist supported by Pilot Pens, meanwhile, are Adele, Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Florence Welch and Skepta.

Prime Minister David Cameron proves unpopular once more with the NME audience, nominated for the sixth year in a row for Villain of the Year. He is joined in the unfavourable category by fellow politician George Osborne, presidential candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump, music and TV mogul Simon Cowell and Radio X presenter, Chris Moyles.

The ever divisive Kanye West has well and truly split opinion, as he finds himself shortlisted for both Villain and Hero of the Year. Kanye will go up against former adversary Taylor Swift for the Hero category. Also on the Hero of the Year shortlist are Adele, Dave Grohl, Jeremy Corbyn and Florence Welch.


5 Seconds of Summer were named Worst Band in 2015 and they are in with the chance of retaining the title, competing with One Direction, Little Mix, Sleaford Mods, U2 and Nickelback in the category for 2016.

Mike Williams, editor-in-chief, NME says: “The NME Audience have voted in their thousands, and once again they’ve pulled together an exciting, diverse and in some places pretty surprising shortlist for the 2016 Awards. Will The Libertines crown their beautiful comeback with a couple of wins? Will Kanye be the hero and villain of the year? Can anyone stop the Adele juggernaut from pulverising everything in its path? All will be revealed on February 17 at the NME Awards, with Austin, Texas once the people have had their final say. I’m really excited and can’t wait for the big night”


The NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas shortlist in full:

Best British Band
The Libertines
Wolf Alice
The 1975
Catfish and the Bottlemen
The Maccabees

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas
Tame Impala
Foo Fighters
The Strokes
The Killers
Alabama Shakes
Run The Jewels

Best New Artist supported by Topman
Rat Boy

Best British Solo Artist supported by Pilot Pens
Noel Gallagher
Ed Sheeran
Charli XCX
Florence Welch

Best International Solo Artist supported by Nikon
Kendrick Lamar
Lana Del Rey
Taylor Swift
Courtney Barnett
Kanye West

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Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe
The Maccabees
The Libertines
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Royal Blood
Wolf Alice

Best Album supported by HMV
Wolf Alice – ‘My Love Is Cool’
The Maccabees – ‘Marks to Prove it’
Kendrick Lamar – ‘To Pimp a Butterfly’
Tame Impala – ‘Currents’
Grimes – ‘Art Angels’
Foals – ‘What Went Down’

Best Track
Coldplay – ‘Adventure of a Lifetime’
The Libertines – ‘Gunga Din’
The Weeknd – ‘I Can’t Feel My Face’
Skepta – ‘Shut Down’
Wolf Alice – ‘Giant Peach’
Foals – ‘What Went Down’

Best TV Show
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
Peep Show
This is England ‘90

Best Film
Ex Machina
Mad Max: Fury Road
Kill Your Friends
Beasts of No Nation

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Best Music Film
Montage of Heck
Straight Outta Compton
What Happened, Miss Simone
The Reflektor Tapes
New World Towers

Best Music Video
Rihanna – ‘Bitch Better Have My Money’
The Libertines – ‘Heart Of The Matter’
Wolf Alice – ‘You’re a Germ’
Blur – ‘Ong Ong’
Slaves – ‘Cheer Up London’
Tame Impala – ‘The Less I Know The Better’

Best Actor
Tom Hardy
Eddie Redmayne
Nicholas Hoult
Stephen Graham
Idris Elba
Daniel Radcliffe

Best Actress
Vicky McClure
Jennifer Lawrence
Emilia Clarke
Gemma Chan
Amy Schumer
Saoirse Ronan

Best Reissue
David Bowie – ‘Five Years’
A Tribe Called Quest – ‘People’s Instinctive Travels And the Paths Of Rhythm’
Velvet Underground – ‘Loaded’
Rolling Stones – ‘Sticky Fingers’
Tori Amos – ‘Under The Pink’
Faith No More – ‘Angel Dust’


Best Book
‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ Grace Jones
‘M Train’ Patti Smith
‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ Elvis Costello
‘Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl’ Carrie Brownstein
‘Lucky’ Professor Green
‘Over The Top And Back’ Tom Jones

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds
V Festival
T in the Park
Isle of Wight

Best Small Festival
Festival Number 6
Green Man
End Of The Road
Liverpool Sound City
Kendall Calling

Music Moment of the Year
The return of Adele
The Libertines secret Glastonbury set
Dave Grohl breaks leg and carries on
Florence headlines Glastonbury
Kanye at The Brits
One Direction ‘split’

Best Fan Community
The Libertines
Catfish and the Bottleman
The 1975
Wolf Alice


Worst Band
5 Seconds of Summer
One Direction
Little Mix
Sleaford Mods

Villain of the Year
David Cameron
Chris Moyles
Kanye West
Donald Trump
George Osbourne
Simon Cowell

Hero of the Year
Dave Grohl
Jeremy Corbyn
Florence Welch
Kanye West
Taylor Swift

Vlogger of the Year
Charlie McDonnell
Joe Weller
Savannah Brown

Game of the Year

Metal Gear Solid
The Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Fallout 4
Star Wars Battleforce
The Legend Of Zelda Triforce Heroes
Guitar Hero

The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas has already been confirmed. In February Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone will tour the UK. Tickets are available now.


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