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NME Awards 2012 - nominations, performers and host announced! Tickets on sale Fri 3 Feb

posted Jan 30, 2012, 12:33 PM by Vu Nguyen












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NME is excited to reveal the nominations for its prestigious NME Awards 2012 which take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday 29 February.  They can also reveal that Kasabian, and The Vaccines are amongst the performers on the night and that Florence Welch and The Horrors are gearing up for a very special collaboration. British comedy’s hottest new star, Jack Whitehall, is confirmed to host the awards, tickets for the iconic ceremony go on sale at 9am on Friday 3 February and are available at .

An incredible eight million votes have been cast this year for the 26 award categories, proving that the NME Awards 2012 is a ceremony that music fans nationwide are truly passionate about.  Leading the nominations this year are Arctic Monkeys who are up for an unprecedented seven awards including Best British Band, Best Album and Best Track (for ‘The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala’). 

Matt Helders, Arctic Monkeys: "We're up for all the big ones - we're very happy. We had a lot of fun making 'Suck It And See' and it's great to be up for Best Live Band. That's all we do - record or play live - so it's good to be recognised!"

Kasabian and The Horrors are set to fight Arctic Monkeys for the night’s biggest awards, with Kasabian up for three awards including Best British Band and Best Live Act and The Horrors up for Best British Band and Best Album.  Despite not having an album out since 2009, Muse are nominated for Best British Band and Best Live Band whilst The Vaccines crown their incredible year with nominations for Best New Band and Best Album.  Elsewhere, Florence + The Machine is up for Best Solo Artist, Best Track (for ‘Shake It Out’) and Florence herself is up for hottest female.

Florence Welch: "I'd be so excited to win an NME Award - I've never won one! I've only been once to the NME Awards ceremony and it's the drunkest I've ever been at an awards ceremony. I'm very surprised you're having me back. Glasvegas gave me some Buckfast and that was that."

Justin Young, The Vaccines: "It's awesome to be nominated. We've had an amazing year and it just seemed to get better and better. We were in this position this time last year where everything for us seemed to hinge on a set of predictions, so tocome out with a record that's really connected with people and to be able to tour all over the world has been completely amazing."

As previously announced, Noel Gallagher is the recipient of the NME Awards 2012 Godlike Genius Award.  He will also be vying for four other gongs on the night, including Best Solo Artist and Best Album for 'Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds'.

Coalition government duo David Cameron and Nick Clegg once again attract the wrath of NME readers, both are nominated for ‘Villain Of The Year’ alongside Liam Gallagher, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga.  Hero Of The Year will be fought out by Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters), Matt Bellamy (Muse), Noel Fielding and Noel Gallagher.

The NME Awards 2012 are thrilled to confirm comedy’s fastest rising star Jack Whitehall as this year’s host.  Having established himself as a prodigious talent on the UK comedy scene with sell out tour shows up and down the country and two British Comedy Award nominations to boot, he’s the perfect choice to keep a room of rowdy rock stars in check.  Referencing the infamous NME Awards 2006, hosted by Russell Brand, Jack commented: “It's brilliant to be able to host the NME awards I'm one step closer to having Bob Geldof call me a c*nt!”.

NME Awards 2012 nominations in full:

Best British Band supported by Sonos

Arctic Monkeys
Bombay Bicycle Club
The Horrors

Best International Band supported by T4

Arcade Fire
Foo Fighters
Odd Future (OFWGKTA)
The Strokes

Best Solo Artist supported by Rekorderlig

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
The Vaccines
Wu Lyf

Best Live Band supported by Carling

Arctic Monkeys
Two Door Cinema Club

Best Album supported by HMV

Artic 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

Azelia Banks - 212
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks
Justice - Civilization
Katy B - Broken Record
Metronomy - The Bay

Best Video supported by

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
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
This is England 88

Best Festival

Reading & Leeds
T In The Park


Black Swan
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part Two

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 - Libertines
Upside Down - The Creation Records Story

Greatest Music Moment

Brian May joins My Chemical Romance on stage at Reading Festival
Kasabian see in 2012 with their epic O2 show
Noel Gallagher launches solo career with classic press conference
Pulp steal the show at Glastonbury with secret set
The Stone Roses Reunite

Best Re-issue

Manic Street Preachers - National Treasures
Nirvana - Never Mind
Primal Screen - Screamadelica
Rolling Stones - Some Girls
The Smiths - Complete Re-Issues

Best Book

Jarvis Cocker - Mother, Brother, Lover. Selected Lyrics
Noel Fielding - The Scribblings of A Madcap Shambleton
Jared Leto - Notes from the Outernet
Shaun Rider - Twisting My Melon
Malcolm X - A Life of Reinvention

Hero Of The Year

Alex Turner
Dave Grohl
Matt Bellamy
Noel Fielding
Noel Gallagher

Villain Of The Year

Justin Bieber
David Cameron
Nick Clegg
Liam Gallagher
Lady Gaga

Worst Album

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

Worst Band

Beady Eye
One Direction
Viva Brother

Best Album Artwork

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

Best Band Blog or Twitter


Best Small Festival

Field Day
Hop Farm
Kendall Calling

Most Dedicated Fans

Arctic Monkeys
My Chemical Romance
30 Seconds To Mars

Hottest Male

Matt Bellamy - Muse
Andy Biersack - Black Veil Brides
Dom Howard - Muse
Jared Leto - 30 Seconds To Mars
Gerard Way - My Chemical Romance

Hottest Female

Marina Diamandis - Marina And The Diamonds
Amy Lee - Evanescence
Katy Perry
Florence Welch - Florence + The Machine
Hayley Williams - Paramore

The NME Awards season gets underway with the NME Awards Tour.  Headlined by Two Door Cinema Club with Metronomy, Tribes and Azealia Banks also on the bill it kicks off at O2 Academy Glasgow on February 8.

The NME Awards Shows also take place throughout February.  Justice will play a five date UK tour whilst Marina And The Diamonds, The Cribs, The Black Keys, The Drums, Kurt Vile, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Pure Love, Alabama Shakes, tUnE-yArDs, Charlie XCX, Band of Skulls, Oh Land, Little Dragon, Cloud Control, The Big Pink, The Jezabels, S.C.U.M, Zulu Winter and Slow Club are set to play NME Awards Shows in iconic venues throughout London.  

For full tour dates and more details keep checking 

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