There can only be one winner
How do you choose between some of the world’s biggest – and most talented – stars? That’s the impossible choice facing voters in the Best International Solo Artist category at the VO5 NME Awards 2018. Remind yourself of how the pop giants, rap gods, and indie heroes’ year has gone below, and then think long and hard about your decision.
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
Who?: Kiwi superstar who bettered her prodigious debut album this year.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Made her comeback with the banging 'Green Light' and then followed that up with her flawless second album 'Melodrama'. She also brought an art piece to festivals around the globe with her live show, and made her headline shows even more special.
Why do they deserve to win?: Anyone who writes an album as beautiful, elegant, and downright perfect as 'Melodrama' should be given some kind of trophy.
Who?: The absolute personification of old Hollywood glamour.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Returned with an album that was lusher and more grandiose than ever - and sounded like she was having way more fun - in 'Lust For Life'.
Why do they deserve to win?: In 'Coachella - Woodstock In My Mind' she created the perfect soundtrack to a very modern anxiety - getting mashed at a festival while the world around us falls apart. If only we had it to comfort us during Glastonbury's Brexit comedown in 2016. Oh, and she tried to do us all a favour and put a hex on Trump. That alone should get her the award.
Who?: The "sarcastic Michael Bublé", as he once called himself.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Continued to provide sardonic entertainment for all, and achieved a career best with his finest album to date in 'Pure Comedy'.
Why do they deserve to win?: There's no one else quite like Father John Misty right now. He's both a unique character and songwriter, who, when he's not wise-cracking, is capable of true beauty.
Who?: Indie rock queen Annie Clark.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Made her most fun - and most personal - album yet in 'MASSEDUCTION', which made neighbours of eccentric tunes about self-medicating ('Pills') and soft stunners that burn with the intensity of missing someone who used to be by your side.
Why do they deserve to win?: 'MASSEDUCTION' was bold in all aspects, not just its colourful aesthetic.
Who?: Rap king who has no need to be humble.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Set a new bar for hip-hop - and music in general - with latest album 'DAMN', collaborated with U2, been nominated for (and won) countless awards, and had a portrait of himself hung in the US Capitol. Not bad going.
Why do they deserve to win?: Kendrick doesn't need any more awards, but his consistently great output definitely deserves them.
Who?: Only the world's biggest pop star.
What have they done in the last 12 months?: Silenced her critics by reclaiming the insults they threw at her and profiting off of them, and putting out an excellent album that put an end to all the drama.
Why do they deserve to win?: Taylor used people's changing perception of her to her own advantage and came up smiling.