Tuesday, January 25, 2011

NME Awards 2011: Nominations and shortlists

This year, I resisted the 'Brit Awards 2012' joke. To be honest, there's no real sense of levity here at all.

Beady Eye are in the best new band shortlist - despite only one word in the category name being appropriate; and given that there's been one song to judge them properly on, it's almost as if their nomination has been built on the backs of people going "I'm sure they'll be great".

You'll be delighted to hear that, as mandated by ancient law, Muse are on the shortlist for Best Live Band.

There's a lot of ragging on Justin Beiber, which the NME readership probably views as being proof of their authenticity, but the shortlist for best track hardly yells "I have a sophisticated musical palate."

The awards are sponsored by some sort of hair product, don't forget. Shortlist in full:

Best British Band supported by Shockwaves
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band supported by T4
Arcade Fire
Kings Of Leon
My Chemical Romance
The Drums
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Florence + The Machine
Frank Turner
Kanye West
Laura Marling
Paul Weller

Best New Band supported by Boxfresh
Beady Eye
Everything Everything
The Drums
Two Door Cinema Club

Best Live Band
Arcade Fire
Biffy Clyro

Best Album
Arcade Fire – 'The Suburbs'
Crystal Castles – 'Crystal Castles II'
Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'
Two Door Cinema Club – 'Tourist History'

Best Track supported by NME Radio
Cee Lo Green – ‘F*** You’
Foals – 'Spanish Sahara'
Gorillaz – 'Stylo'
Janelle Monae (feat Big Boi) – 'Tightrope'
Mark Ronson & The Business Intl –'Bang Bang Bang'

Best Video supported by NME TV
Arcade Fire – 'We Used To Wait'
Brandon Flowers – 'Crossfire'
Chase & Status – 'Let You Go'
Gorillaz – 'Stylo'
My Chemical Romance – 'Na Na Na (Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na Na)'

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds Festivals
T In The Park
V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler
Crystal Castles – 'Baptism'
Kele – 'Tenderoni'
Plan B – ‘Stay Too Long’
Professor Green – 'Jungle'
Tinie Tempah – 'Pass Out'

Best TV Show
Nevermind The Buzzcocks
Peep Show
The Inbetweeners

Best Film
Get Him To The Greek
Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
The Social Network

Hero Of The Year
Gerard Way
Julian Assange
Kanye West
Lady Gaga
Matt Bellamy

Villain Of The Year
Axl Rose
David Cameron
Justin Bieber
Nick Clegg
Simon Cowell

Most Stylish supported by Shockwaves
Brandon Flowers
Hayley Williams
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Noel Fielding

Least Stylish
Cheryl Cole
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher

Worst Album
Cheryl Cole – 'Messy Little Raindrops'
Justin Bieber –' My World'
Katy Perry – 'Teenage Dream'
Kings Of Leon – 'Come Around Sundown'
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'

Worst Band
30 Seconds To Mars
Jonas Brothers
Kings Of Leon
Tokio Hotel

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
Frank Turner
Hayley Williams
Kanye West
Lily Allen
Theo Hutchcraft

Best Book
Carl Barat – Threepenny Memoir
Jay-Z – Decode
John Lydon – Mr Rotten's Scrapbook
Keith Richards – Life
Russell Brand – My Booky Wook 2

Best Small Festival (50,000 capacity or lower)
Kendal Calling
Underage Festival

Best Album Artwork
Foals – 'Total Life Forever'
Gorillaz – 'Plastic Beach'
Klaxons – 'Surfing The Void'
MGMT – Congratulations
My Chemical Romance – 'Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys'

Hottest Woman
Alison Mosshart (The Kills)
Emily Haines (Metric)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)
Lady Gaga

Hottest Man
Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys)
Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day)
Dominic Howard (Muse)
Jared Leto (30 Seconds To Mars)
Matt Bellamy (Muse)

You know what? Might be a good idea to drop the best book category next year. It kind of suggests NME readers don't do much of the reading.


Anonymous said...

"and given that there's been one song to judge them properly on"

there's actually four tracks online, officially released. which makes it even more baffling to be honest.

Coolcat said...

Villain of the Year? Least Stylish?
Blimey, it's turning into Smash Hits Poll Winners Party circa 1988, isn't it? Scariest thing = spiders. Worst hairstyle = Pat Sharp...

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