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Arctic Monkeys dominate NME Awards nominations

The Arctic Monkeys are this year's big contenders at the NME awards. Photo: PA

Sheffield-born Arctic Monkeys lead the pack at this year's NME Awards with a total of eight nominations, including music moment of the year and best live band.

The indie quartet are riding high on the success of their 2013 album, AM, which was also nominated for the Mercury Prize last year.

However, pop acts Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are nominated in the same category as Russian President Vladimir Putin, PM David Cameron, comedian Russell Brand and One Direction's Harry Styles - villain of the year.

Singer Robin Thicke is up for the "Villain of the Year" award after his controversial song "Blurred Lines" raised eyebrows. Credit: PA

The event is being staged at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on February 26 and sees Arctic Monkeys up for best british band, best live band, best album for their fifth release and best track for single Do I Wanna Know?.

Lead singer Alex Turner is also up for the hero the year award against David Bowie, who released his first album in a decade last year and his longtime collaborator Lou Reed, who died in October.

Brixton-born David Bowie is up for the hero of the year award after spending 10 years out of the spotlight. Credit: PA

The awards - sponsored not by a brand but by the city of Austin in Texas, which has strong rock and roll links as the base for the annual South By South West festival - are largely chosen by readers of the music weekly.

Two Door Cinema Club, Lily Allen, Arcade Fire, Paloma Faith, Kanye West and Queens of the Stone Age are also up for awards.

The past 12 months of music have had everything - returning legends, era-defining singles, more albums with a claim to be modern classics than any year in recent memory and tons of massive live moments to celebrate.

– NME editor Mike Williams

The main nominees include:

  • Best British band - Arctic Monkeys, Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure, Two Door Cinema Club
  • Best international band - Haim, Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phoenix, Vampire Weekend
  • Best solo act - Lorde, Lily Allen, Jake Bugg, Sir Paul McCartney, Kanye West, David Bowie
  • Best new band - Drenge, Swim Deep, Chvrches, Jagwar Ma, Wolf Alice, Courtney Barnett
  • Best live band - Arctic Monkeys - AM, Queens Of The Stone Age - ...Like Clockwork, Peace - In Love, Kanye West - Yeezus, Savages - Silence Yourself, Drenge - Drenge
  • Best track - Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?, Lily Allen - Hard Out Here, Disclosure - White Noise, Arcade Fire - Reflektor, Primal Scream - 2013, Daft Punk - Get Lucky
  • Best music video - Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?, Pharell - Happy, Arcade Fire - Reflektor, Lily Allen - Hard Out Here, Eagulls - Nerve Endings, Haim - Falling
  • Best festival - Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, T In The Park, Latitude, Bestival, V
  • Best fan community - Hurts, Haim, Arctic Monkeys, Muse, Peace, Morrissey
  • Music moment of the year - Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury, Noel Gallagher and Damon Albarn come together for Teenage Cancer Trust concert, Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury, Morrissey's autobiography is released, Kanye West brings Jesus on stage
  • Worst band - One Direction, The Wanted, The 1975, Imagine Dragons, 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse
  • Hero of the year - Alex Turner, David Bowie, Este Haim, Russell Brand, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed
  • Villain of the year - Miley Cyrus, Robin Thicke, Harry Styles, David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Russell Brand