Monday, January 25, 2010

Brit Awards 2011 shortlist announced: NME awards shortlist published

Well, it's as good a joke as it was last year. Although, to be honest, this year's shortlists for the NME prizes is so conservative, I suspect even the Brits jury might be ashamed of it.

They put on a brave face:

The shortlists for the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 were announced tonight (January 25). Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse, Oasis and Biffy Clyro are among the nominees.

Good god. Kasabian? Oasis?

This is what happens when you let your readership bleed away.

The NME Awards 2010 nominations are:

Best British Band (sponsored by Shockwaves)
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band (sponsored by 4music/T4)
Green Day
Kings Of Leon
Vampire Weekend
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Solo Artist
Dizzee Rascal
Florence And The Machine
Jamie T
Julian Casablancas
Lady Gaga

Best New Band (sponsored by USC)
The Big Pink
Bombay Bicycle Club
Mumford & Sons
The xx
La Roux

Best Live Band (sponsored by Tuborg)
Arctic Monkeys
Them Crooked Vultures

Best Album (sponsored by HMV)
Arctic Monkeys – 'Humbug'
Kasabian – 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'
Muse – 'The Resistance'
The Cribs – 'Ignore The Ignorant'
The Horrors – 'Primary Colours'

Best Track (sponsored by NME Radio)
Animal Collective – 'My Girls'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Crying Lightning'
Florence And The Machine – 'Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)'
Jamie T – 'Sticks N' Stones'
The Big Pink – 'Dominos'

Best Video (sponsored by NME TV)
Arctic Monkeys – 'Cornerstone '
Biffy Clyro – 'The Captain'
Kasabian – 'Fire'
The Maccabees – 'Can You Give It'
Oasis – 'Falling Down'

Best Live Event
Blur at Hyde Park
Jay-Z at Alexandra Palace
Muse at Teignmouth
Oasis at Heaton Park
The Dead Weather at Shoreditch Church

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

Best Dancefloor Filler
Dizzee Rascal And Armand Van Helden – 'Bonkers'
Florence And The Machine – 'You've Got The Love'
La Roux – 'In For The Kill' (Skream Remix)
Lady Gaga – 'Poker Face'
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – 'Zero'

Best TV Show
The Inbetweeners
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Peep Show
True Blood

Best Film
(500) Days Of Summer
In The Loop
Inglourious Basterds
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Where The Wild Things Are

Best DVD
Kings Of Leon – Live At The The O2 Arena
Flight Of The Conchords – Complete HBO Second Season
The Killers – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
The Mighty Boosh – Future Sailors
Nirvana – Live At Reading

Giving It Back Fan Award
Kasabian and Noel Fielding for free 'Vlad The Impaler' video
Danger Mouse for leaking 'Dark Night Of The Soul'
Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt
Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets
Vampire Weekend for giving away 'Horchata' from the album 'Contra'

Hero Of The Year
Beyoncé Knowles
Noel Gallagher
Rage Against The Machine
Matt Bellamy
Alex Turner

Villain Of The Year
Noel Gallagher
Liam Gallagher
Simon Cowell
Kanye West
Lady Gaga

Best Dressed
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Noel Fielding
Florence Welch
Karen O

Worst Dressed
Lady Gaga
Matt Bellamy
Katy Perry
Liam Gallagher
Elly Jackson, La Roux

Worst Album
Green Day – '21st Century Breakdown'
Lady Gaga – 'The Fame'
The Jonas Brothers – 'Lines Vines Trying Times'
U2 – 'No Line On The Horizon'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Humbug'

Worst Band
Green Day
Jonas Brothers

Hottest Man
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Alex Turner, Liam Gallagher, Peter Doherty, Matt Bellamy, Brandon Flowers and Julian Casablancas

Hottest Woman
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Lily Allen, Alison Mosshart, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch and Karen O

Best Website (excluding NME.COM)

Best Album Artwork
Muse – 'The Resistance'
Green Day – '21st Century Breakdown'
Kasabian – 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'
The Cribs – 'Ignore The Ignorant'
Manic Street Preachers – 'Journal For Plague Lovers '

Best Band Blog
Muse ( and
Radiohead (
Noel Gallagher (
Los Campesinos! (
Paramore (

Those heroes are pretty odd, aren't they? Beyonce? Rage? What exactly did Rage Against the Machine do to be heroic? They were basically 'anyone other that Simon Cowell', which is hardly being heroic, is it?

Mind you, the villains are even worse. How could either of the Gallaghers be villains? This is the first year they've ever done something to make our lives better.

And can we just say: Tuborg? Tuborg lager? Really?


Simon said...

Surely the spotlight has to fall on that nebulous Giving It Back Fan Award concept, for which the nominees include a free mp3, an album that had already leaked before EMI withdrew it and a video. Not one for download or anything like that, just a video.

Julian Casablancas?

Anonymous said...

Like Simon says, it has got to be all about that daft Giving It Back award. I mean Lily Allen has done more in the last year to take away from and insult her fans than ever before with her louder than ever anti-download stance. The "free" video is a bit baffling. When is a promo video not free? (ignoring compilation dvds, etc. that is) An album leak?!?!? Yeah that's never ever happened before in the history of music. Totally new to 2009. What else were they expecting the poor guy to do with his album that the label wouldn't release? Also good to see them highlight Sparklehorse's involvement there. The two tickets ones are no different than any other ticket competition ever and a free mp3? Wow what will those wacky bands think of next. The only thing missing was them nominating themselves for a cover mount. Maybe next year? One can hope.

Unknown said...

Where is HURTS????

Anonymous said...

Is everyone now deaf? or just scared of not following the 'academy' crowd. Yet again no mention of real influential bands such as DEPECHE MODE or MASSIVE ATTACK. Have a look at even their last offerings. Still up to date and still influencial. [Have a look and listen to 'WRONG' for instance, a late 3 minute wonder and video to match]. Unlike the recent crop of wannabees who are forgotten the following year. Depeche Mode broke all records with their stadium attendance and are credited with covers by the likes of Nine Inch Nails, Marilyn Manson etc. Massive Atacks tracks are repeatedly used as backing to many film/TV even years on because nothing comes close. Just a latest flavour that turns out to be nothing. Why, oh, Why did the likes of Duran Duran and Pet Shop Boys get their awards over Depeche Mode or Massive Attack?
You people really don't deserve your position.

alyson said...

Come on already!!!! Depeche mode-innovative,fresh and exciting-when are you going to recognise them!

cryospyke said...

I would have liked to see Opeth listed in DVDs and International - 3 hours of music, plus a documentary and an on-tour feature. That's got to be the best value of the year. And it's hitting the charts internationally.


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