David Bowie, Rolling Stones and Pussy Riot nominated for NME Awards

Veteran rockers feature prominently on this year's shortlist - meanwhile One Direction and Mumford & Sons battle it out in Worst Band category

It’s nearly 50 years since the Rolling Stones first provoked hysteria at the NME Poll-Winners' Concert. But the veteran rockers are back in favour with the “indie bible” after receiving four nominations for the magazine’s 2013 awards.

The Stones’ comeback shows at the O2 Arena impressed the NME’s target audience of musical trend-setters, who have shortlisted the group in four categories including Best Live Act and Music Moment of the Year.

The publication hopes the Stones might be persuaded to repeat their appearance at the 1964 NME Poll-Winners’ All-Star concert where they joined the “greatest array of pop talent in the world”, including The Beatles, at the event which was hosted by Jimmy Savile.

The Stones, who could “hardly be heard above the shouts” at the Empire Pool, Wembley, played three songs and took the award for Best Rhythm and Blues act. Mick Jagger was named Best New TV Singer.

Sir Mick Jagger said: “It’s very nice to be nominated. When I first heard it was four things, I thought, 'Ooh, blimey! That's very nice!' And it’s not a journalists-only thing, it's not a coterie of closely-knit people choosing.”

Sir Mick, 69, added: “It’s funny, because when we were rehearsing at Wembley arena last year, it was where we used to do the NME Poll-Winners. We remembered, it was the first time we ever played 'Jumping Jack Flash', at one of those Poll-Winners concerts.”

David Bowie, 66, is also back in favour after his surprise return with a new song after a decade of semi-retirement. Bowie, who won two NME awards in1974, is nominated for Music Moment, Best Video and Hero of the Year.

Pussy Riot, the Russian punk group whose members were imprisoned following their anti-Putin protest, are nominated for the “punk prayer” they performed at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral last year, which prompted their arrest.

One of the members jailed for “hooliganism”, Maria Alyokhina, was last week denied a request to postpone her prison term while she cares for her five-year-old son.

New artists do figure prominently with Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala and Haim, the group of US sisters named the BBC’s Sound of 2013, also receiving four nominations. M.I.A., the provocative rapper, is also recognised in four categories, despite receiving just one track last year.

Brighton “indie” band Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys are nominated for three awards each, and will battle it out for Best British Band.

This year’s hot NME tips, London band Palma Violets, compete against the Mercury Music Prize winners Alt-J in the new band category.

The Worst Band award is a death-battle between One Direction and Mumford & Sons. One Direction’s Harry Styles competes for Villain of the Year against past-winner David Cameron.

Mike Williams, NME editor, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to see such a wide range of artists nominated this time around. The early plaudits will go to Haim, Tame Impala, M.I.A. and the legendary Rolling Stones who lead the way with four nominations each, but it¹s testament to the exquisite taste of the NME audience that artists as wide ranged as Frank Ocean, Jake Bugg, Pussy Riot and David Bowie are recognised too.” The awards will be held at the Troxy in east London on February 27.

NME Awards 2013 nominations in full:

BEST BRITISH BAND

Arctic Monkeys

Kasabian

The Vaccines

Biffy Clyro

The Maccabees

The Cribs

BEST ALBUM

Channel Orange Frank Ocean

Jake Bugg Jake Bugg

Given To The Wild The Maccabees

An Awesome Wave Alt-J

Come Of Age The Vaccines

Lonerism Tame Impala

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

The Killers

Tame Impala

The Black Keys

Odd Future

Crystal Castles

Foo Fighters

BEST TRACK

R U Mine? Arctic Monkeys

Don’t Save Me Haim

Bad Girls MIA

Inhaler Foals

Best Of Friends Palma Violets

Elephant Tame Impala

BEST SOLO ARTIST

Jake Bugg

Noel Gallagher

Florence Welch

Miles Kane

Grimes

Paul Weller

BEST NEW BAND

Alt-J

Peace

Palma Violets

Django Django

Alabama Shakes

Haim

MUSIC MOMENT OF THE YEAR

David Bowie returns

The Stone Roses play Heaton Park

Olympics opening ceremony

The Rolling Stones play London's O2 Arena

Green Day's secret set at Reading Festival

Pussy Riot's punk prayer

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Oblivion Grimes

Bad Girls MIA

Where Are We Now? David Bowie

R U Mine? Arctic Monkeys

Don't Save Me Haim

Feels Like We Only Go Backwards Tame Impala

BEST FESTIVAL

Reading & Leeds Festivals

T In The Park

Bestival

Primavera

Latitude

Isle Of Wight

BEST LIVE BAND

The Maccabees

The Cribs

Blur

Biffy Clyro

Foals

The Rolling Stones

BEST DANCEFLOOR ANTHEM

What You Came For Mosca feating Katy B

Sweet Nothing Calvin Harris featuring Florence Welch

Gangnam Style Psy

Bad Girls MIA

In Paris Kanye West/Jay-Z

Losing You Solange

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL

Swn

The Great Escape

Field Day

Festival No.6

End Of The Road

Constellations

BEST MUSIC FILM

Searching For Sugar Man

LCD Soundsystem: 'Shut Up And Play The Hits'

Hit So Hard : The Life & Near Death Story of Patty Schemel

Marley

The Rolling Stones: 'Crossfire Hurricane'

Led Zeppelin: 'Celebration Day'

BEST RE-ISSUE

Generation Terrorists Manic Street Preachers

21 Blur

The Fat Of The Land Prodigy

Turn On The Bright Lights Interpol

Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness Smashing Pumpkins

Collected Ian Brown

BEST TWITTER

Muse (@muse)

Fred Macpherson, Spector (@fredmacpherson)

Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts (@theohurts)

Alana Haim, Haim (@babyhaim)

Wiley (@EskiDance)

MIA (@MIAuniverse)

BEST BOOK

David Byrne: 'How Music Works'

Neil Young: 'Waging Heavy Peace'

Mike Skinner: 'The Story Of The Streets'

Tim Burgess: 'Telling Stories'

The Rolling Stones: '50'

Peter Hook: 'Unknown Pleasures : Inside Joy Division'

BEST TV SHOW

Breaking Bad

Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy

Fresh Meat

Sherlock

The Thick Of It

Doctor Who

HERO OF THE YEAR

David Bowie

Bradley Wiggins

Pussy Riot

Barack Obama

Frank Ocean

Dave Grohl

VILLAIN OF THE YEAR

David Cameron

Harry Styles

Skrillex

Psy

Fred Macpherson

Azealia Banks

WORST BAND

One Direction

Muse

Mumford & Sons

Alt-J

Justin Bieber

Ed Sheeran

BEST FAN COMMUNITY

Muse

Hurts

30 Seconds To Mars

Manic Street Preachers

The Killers

Enter Shikari

BEST FILM

The Hobbit:  An Unexpected Journey

Ted

iLL Manors

The Dark Knight Rises

Skyfall

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

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