Monday, January 30, 2012

NME Awards 2012: The shortlist

Okay, haven't actually looked at these yet, but I'm going to guess that the key theme of this year's NME shortlist will be 'please like us, Lana Del Ray's people'.

Here's the shortlist in full:

Best British Band (supported by Sonos)
Arctic Monkeys
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Horrors
Kasabian
Muse

Best International Band (supported by T4)
Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Justice
Odd Future
The Strokes

Best Solo Artist (supported by Rekorderlig)
Adele
Florence + The Machine
Frank Turner
Laura Marling
Miles Kane
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Best New Band (supported by Boxfresh)
Foster The People
Lana Del Rey
Tribes
The Vaccines
Wu Lyf

Best Live Band (supported by Carling)
Arctic Monkeys
Kasabian
Muse
Pulp
Two Door Cinema Club

Best Album (supported by HMV)
Arctic Monkeys - 'Suck It And See'
The Horrors - 'Skying'
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'
PJ Harvey - 'Let England Shake'
The Vaccines - 'What Did You Expect From The Vaccines?'

Best Track (supported by Fender)
Arctic Monkeys - 'The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala'
Bombay Bicycle Club - 'Shuffle'
Florence + The Machine - 'Shake It Out'
Hurts – 'Sunday'
Lana Del Rey - 'Video Games'


Dancefloor Anthem (supported by NME Radio)
Azealia Banks - '212'
Foster The People - 'Pumped Up Kicks'
Justice - 'Civilization'
Katy B - 'Broken Record'
Metronomy - 'The Bay'


Best Video (supported by NMEVideo.com)
Arctic Monkeys - 'Suck It And See'
Beyonce - 'Countdown'
Hurts - 'Sunday'
Lana Del Rey - 'Video Games'
Tyler, The Creator - 'Yonkers'

Best TV Show
'Dr Who'
'Fresh Meat'
'Misfits'
'Never Mind The Buzzcocks'
'This Is England '88'

Best Festival
Bestival
Glastonbury
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park
V Festival


Best Film
'Black Swan'
'Drive'
'Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2'
'The Inbetweeners Movie'
'Submarine'

Best Music Film
'Back And Forth' - Foo Fighters
'Living In The Material World' - George Harrison
'Talihina Sky' - Kings Of Leon
'There Are No Innocent Bystanders' - The Libertines
'Upside Down - The Creation Records Story'

Greatest Music Moment Of The Year
Brian May joins My Chemical Romance onstage at Reading Festival
Kasabian see in 2012 with their epic London O2 Arena show
Noel Gallagher launches his solo career with press conference
Pulp steal the show at Glastonbury with secret set
The Stone Roses reunite

Best Re-issue
Manic Street Preachers - 'National Treasures'
Nirvana - 'Nevermind'
Primal Scream - 'Screamadelica'
The Rolling Stones - 'Some Girls'
The Smiths - 'Complete Re-issues'
(New award)

Best Book
Jared Leto - 'Notes From The Outernet'
Jarvis Cocker - 'Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics'
Malcolm X - 'A Life Of Reinvention'
Noel Fielding - 'The Scribblings Of A Madcap Shambleton'
Shaun Ryder - 'Twisting My Melon'

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
Dave Grohl
Matt Bellamy
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Villain Of The Year
David Cameron
Justin Bieber
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Nick Clegg

Worst Album
Coldplay - 'Mylo Xyloto'
Justin Bieber - 'Under The Mistletoe'
Lady Gaga - 'Born This Way'
One Direction - 'Up All Night'
Viva Brother - 'Famous First Words'

Worst Band
Beady Eye
Coldplay
Muse
One Direction
Viva Brother

Best Album Artwork
Arctic Monkeys - 'Suck It And See'
Bombay Bicycle Club - 'A Different Kind Of Fix'
Bjork - 'Biophilia'
Friendly Fires - 'Pala'
Jay-Z and Kanye West - 'Watch The Throne'

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
@Example
Frank-Turner.com/blog
@KanyeWest
@LadyGaga
@Theohurts

Best Small Festival
Field Day
Hop Farm
Kendal Calling
Latitude
RockNess

Most Dedicated Fans
30 Seconds To Mars
Arctic Monkeys
Hurts
Muse
My Chemical Romance

Hottest Male
Andy Biersack, Black Veil Brides
Dominic Howard, Muse
Gerard Way, My Chemical Romance
Jared Leto, 30 Seconds To Mars
Matt Bellamy, Muse

Hottest Female
Amy Lee, Evanescence
Florence Welch, Florence + The Machine
Hayley Williams, Paramore
Katy Perry
Marina Diamandis, Marina And The Diamonds
Jared Leto's written a book? Bless.

Well, here's a thing; not a heavy stuffing of nominations for Lana Del Ray; just the one, for the fairly meaningless pop video prize. But that's enough for her to be popped into the headline on the noms page:
Arctic Monkeys, Noel Gallagher, The Vaccines, Lana Del Rey nominated for NME Awards 2012
But I think the shortlisting of Brian May getting on stage with My Chemical Romance as being "the greatest music moment of the year" is the thing that screams out of this list as marking their loss of way.

That and Noel Gallagher. I mean, I'm not fond of Liam - you might have noticed - but to pillory his band while the equally inept Half Hearted Birds leader is in with a shout of hero of the year.

And what's the point of the "most dedicated fans" section? Isn't that implied by the level of support for otherwise clapped-out warhorses?


4 comments:

Simon said...

Erm, Lana's got three nominations. Best New Bands and Best Track too.

The one they're conveniently shielding is Hurts' four nominations, which Muse-like is what happens when you entrust voting to online.

Robin Carmody said...

It's quite sweet that they still feel the need to nominate Cameron for Villain of the Year, as if to say yes, we're still *something* like what we were in the pre-Blair/Britpop times, yes, honest.

And then they go and ruin it by nominating Noel Gallagher as Hero.

Chris Brown said...

But aren't all those hero/villian of the year awards all reader votes anyway, rather than the magazine's choice: hence also the same people sometimes getting picked for both. This is also why you get the One Direction album nominated for Worst Album Of The Year by people who are extremely unlikely to have heard it.

Chris Brown said...

None of this explains why a press conference can be anyone's musical highlight of the year though.

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