2014 NME Awards Announces Nominees

Posted Thursday January 16, 2014 5:58 PM GMT

Slightly overshadowed by the Oscar nominations early this morning, the 2014 New Music Express Awards unveiled their list of hopefuls today (January 16).

In an interesting twist, the NME’s category for Villain of the Year included nominees like Russell Brand, Robin Thicke, Harry Styles, Miley Cyrus, David Cameron and Vladimir Putin.

Furthermore, the Worst Band contenders are 30 Seconds to Mars, The 1975, Muse, Imagine Dragons, One Direction and The Wanted.

Of course, there are also plenty of positive categories such as Hero of the Year, with nominees like Alex Turner, David Bowie, Pussy Riot, Lou Reed, Este Haim, and Russell Brand.

The 2014 NME Awards nominees are:

Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas
Arcade Fire
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Vampire Weekend
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
Kanye West
Lily Allen
Paul McCartney

Best New Band supported by Mossimo
Courtney Barnett
Jagwar Ma
Swim Deep
Wolf Alice

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Album
Arctic Monkeys – 'AM'
Drenge – 'Drenge'
Kanye West – 'Yeezus'
Peace – 'In Love'
QOTSA – '…Like Clockwork'
Savages – 'Silence Yourself'

Best Track supported by Blackstar Amplification
Arcade Fire – 'Reflektor'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Do I Wanna Know?'
Daft Punk – 'Get Lucky'
Disclosure – 'White Noise'
Lily Allen – 'Hard Out Here'
Primal Scream – '2013'

Best Music Video
Arcade Fire – 'Reflektor'
Arctic Monkeys – 'Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?'
Eagulls – 'Nerve Endings'
Haim – 'Falling'
Lily Allen – 'Hard Out Here'
Pharell – 'Happy'

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park

Best TV Show
Breaking Bad
Doctor Who
Fresh Meat
Game Of Thrones

Best Music Film
Good Vibrations
Made Of Stone
Muscle Shoals
Muse - Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
The National: Mistaken For Strangers
Sound City

Best Reissue
The Beta Band, 'The Regal Years: 1997–2004'
The Breeders, 'LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)'
Bob Dylan, 'Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)'
The Clash, 'Sound System'
Nirvana, 'In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition'
The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
Alana Haim, Haim
Albert Hammond Jr
James Blunt
Jehnny Beth – Savages
Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts

Best Book
Alan McGee – 'Creation Stories'
Beck – 'Song Reader'
Bob Stanley – 'Yeah Yeah Yeah'
Mark Lewisohn – 'The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In'
Morrissey – 'Autobiography'
Richard Hell – 'I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp'

Best Small Festival
Green Man
Festival Number 6
Kendall Calling
Y Not

Best Fan Community
Arctic Monkeys

Music Moment Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury
Kanye West brings Jesus on stage
Morrissey's autobiography is released
Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust
Pussy Riot are freed
Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury

Worst Band
30 Seconds To Mars
The 1975
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
The Wanted

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
David Bowie
Este Haim
Lou Reed
Pussy Riot
Russell Brand

Villain Of The Year
David Cameron
Harry Styles
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
Russell Brand
Vladimir Putin

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