NME Awards 2014: Arctic Monkeys and Haim lead nominations as Robin Thicke is tipped for Villain of the Year

Arcade Fire, Lily Allen and Queens of the Stone Age have three nods

Arctic Monkeys and Haim are leading the charge for this year’s NME Awards with eight and six nominations respectively, after the music magazine announced their 2014 shortlist.

Queens of the Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire have three nods each, with Foals, Biffy Clyro and Disclosure competing for Best British Band.

Scroll down for the nominations in full

Russell Brand, David Cameron, Robin Thicke (voted Sexist of the Year in a recent poll) and Miley Cyrus are among those contesting for the dubious accolade of Villain of the Year, while comeback king David Bowie has been nominated for Hero of the Year and Best Solo Artist.

Other Hero of the Year nominees include the late Lou Reed, Pussy Riot and - splitting opinion as ever - Brand.

The Rolling Stones’ headline set on Glastonbury Festival’s Pyramid Stage last summer is a contender for Music Moment of the Year, along with Pussy Riot being freed and Kanye West bringing 'Jesus' on stage.

The fans will do battle too, with Muse and Hurts supporters contesting for Best Fan Community, while Bestival and Latitude attempt to see off tough competition from Glastonbury for Best Festival.

One Direction receive a mention, predictably in the Worst Band category, along with The 1975 and The Wanted.

Hit US crime drama Breaking Bad will compete against Sherlock, Doctor Who and Game of Thrones for Best TV Show, while Morrissey’s Autobiography will challenge Beck’s Song Reader in the Best Book category.

Mike Williams, editor of NME, said: “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.

“None of this has gone unnoticed by NME’s huge audience, with more people than ever voting to compile these incredibly exciting shortlists.”

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will take place on Wednesday 26th February at London’s O2 Academy in Brixton after the votes cast by music fans have been counted.

The nominations are as follows:

Best British Band

Arctic Monkeys


Palma Violets

Biffy Clyro


Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas


Arcade Fire

Queens Of The Stone Age

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds


Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist


Lily Allen

Jake Bugg

Paul McCartney

Kanye West

David Bowie

Best New Band supported by Mossimo


Swim Deep


Jagwar Ma

Wolf Alice

Courtney Barnett

Best Live Band

Arctic Monkeys

Palma Violets

Biffy Clyro


Queens Of The Stone Age


Best Album

AM - Arctic Monkeys

...Like Clockwork - Queens of the Stone Age

In Love - Peace

Yeezus  - Kanye West

Silence Yourself - Savages

Drenge - Drenge

Best Track supported by Blackstar Amplification

"Do I Wanna Know?" - Arctic Monkeys

"Hard Out Here" - Lily Allen

"White Noise" - Disclosure

"Reflektor" - Arcade Fire

"2013" - Primal Scream

"Get Lucky" - Daft Punk

Best Music Video

"Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?" - Arctic Monkeys

"Happy" - Pharrell Williams

"Reflektor" - Arcade Fire

"Hard Out Here" - Lily Allen

"Nerve Endings" - Eagulls

"Falling" - Haim

Best Festival


Reading & Leeds

T In The Park




Best TV Show

Breaking Bad

Fresh Meat


Game Of Thrones


Doctor Who

Best Music Film

Muscle Shoals

Made Of Stone

Sound City

The National: Mistaken For Strangers

Good Vibrations


Best Reissue

In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition - Nirvana

Sound System - The Clash

The Regal Years: 1997–2004 - The Beta Band

LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition) - The Breeders

Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971) - Bob Dylan

White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition - The Velvet Underground

Best Band Blog Or Twitter

Jehnny Beth, Savages

Albert Hammond Jr

Alana Haim, Haim

James Blunt

Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts


Best Book

Autobiography - Morrissey

Creation Stories - Alan McGee

Yeah Yeah Yeah - Bob Stanley

The Beatles: All These Years: Volume One: Tune In - Mark Lewisohn

Song Reader - Beck

I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp - Richard Hell

Best Small Festival


Y Not

Kendall Calling


Green Man

Festival Number 6

Best Fan Community



Arctic Monkeys




Music Moment Of The Year

Pussy Riot are freed

Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury

Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust

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


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

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