· THE LIBERTINES AND WOLF ALICE STORM AHEAD WITH SIX
NOMINATIONS EACH AS THEY GO HEAD-TO-HEAD FOR MANY OF THE TOP AWARDS OF THE NIGHT, INCLUDING BEST BRITISH BAND
· KANYE WEST DIVIDES OPINION – FEATURING IN BOTH VILLAIN AND HERO OF THE YEAR ROUNDUPS
· PADDY POWER REVEAL ODDS FOR KEY CATEGORIES – JEREMY CORBYN FAVOURITE FOR THE HERO OF THE YEAR AWARD, DONALD TRUMP AND DAVID CAMERON STRONG CONTENDERS FOR VILLAIN OF THE YEAR.
· 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER, ONE DIRECTION, LITTLE MIX, SLEAFORD MODS, U2 AND NICKELBACK SHORTLISTED FOR WORST BAND
· THE AWARDS, SHORTLISTED BY NME READERS, SEES FANS VOTE IN THEIR THOUSANDS TO CROWN HEROES ACROSS MUSIC, FESTIVALS, FILM, TV, BOOKS, GAMING AND YOUTUBE
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Today, 4 December, NME reveals the hotly anticipated shortlist for the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas. The announcement sees indie heroes The Libertines and soft-grunge outfit Wolf Alice trail-blaze the shortlist with six nominations each. Fans voted in their thousands to reduce the long list to a competitive shortlist – voting for the winners is now open at www.nme.com/awardsvote.
The winners will be announced at the star-studded ceremony on 17 February 2016 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton.
The NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas ceremony looks likely to be a huge night for The Libertines following their return in 2015, which marked the much-awaited end of the band’s 11-year hiatus. Mercury-nominated four piece Wolf Alice also look set to storm the night as they join The Libertines with six nominations each. Both bands will go head-to-head for some of the biggest awards of the night, including Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Track, Best Music Video and Best Fan Community.
Wolf Alice have also received a nod for Best Album supported by HMV, while The Libertines’ secret performance at Glastonbury is listed as a strong contender for Music Moment of the Year.
Hot on both bands’ heels are Foals, receiving four nods across the shortlist, including Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album and Best Track. The Maccabees, who are yet to add an NME Awards gong to their trophy set, are up for Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album supported by HMV.
Vying for the prestigious Best British Band award alongside The Libertines, Wolf Alice and Foals are The 1975, Catfish and the Bottlemen and The Maccabees. Fighting it out for Best British Solo Artist supported by Pilot Pens are Adele, Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX, Florence Welch and Skepta.
Prime Minister David Cameron proves unpopular once more with the NME audience, nominated for the sixth year on the trot for Villain of the Year. He is joined in the unfavourable category by fellow politician George Osborne; presidential candidate and business tycoon Donald Trump; music and TV mogul Simon Cowell; and Radio X presenter, Chris Moyles. The ever divisive Kanye West has well and truly split opinion, as he finds himself shortlisted for both Villain and Hero of the Year. Kanye will go up against former adversary Taylor Swift for the Hero category. Also on the Hero of the Year shortlist are Adele, Dave Grohl, Jeremy Corbyn and Florence Welch.
5 Seconds of Summer were named Worst Band in 2015 and they are in with the chance of retaining the title, competing with One Direction, Little Mix, Sleaford Mods, U2 and Nickelback in the category for 2016.
In the Best Festival stakes, Glastonbury will be looking to hold on to its crown to snare a hat-trick as it battles stiff competition from Reading & Leeds, V Festival, T In The Park, Bestival and Isle of Wight, to be awarded the title for a third year running.
The past 12 months have been witness to some truly epic music moments making Music Moment of the Year one of the hottest battles. From the return of Adele, The Libertines secret Glastonbury set, pop-kings One Direction’s ‘split’, Kanye West’s performance at the BRITs to Dave Grohl’s heroics as he battled through a Foo Fighters’ gig despite breaking his leg mid-show.
Also on the bill for 2016 is NME’s first nod to the world of YouTube, as the magazine gets set to crown its first ever ‘Vlogger of the Year’.
Today Paddy Power reveal their odds for the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas, which sees David Cameron in the running for Villain of the Year priced at a skinny 3/1 while Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn looks a dead cert to be crowned Hero of the Year at 1/3. On the Best British Band front, current odds point towards The Libertines taking away the much-coveted title, coming in at odds-on favourite of 8/13, while other front runners Wolf Alice come in at 5/2. For a complete breakdown of odds, please visit http://www.paddypower.com/bet/music/nme-awards.
Mike Williams, editor-in-chief, NME says: “The NME audience has voted in its thousands, and once again have pulled together an exciting, diverse and in some places pretty surprising shortlist for the 2016 Awards. Will The Libertines crown their beautiful comeback with a couple of wins? Will Kanye be the hero and villain of the year? Can anyone stop the Adele juggernaut from pulverising everything in its path? All will be revealed on February 17 at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas once the people have had their final say. I’m really excited and can’t wait for the big night”
The NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas shortlist in full:
Best British Band
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas
Run The Jewels
Best New Artist
Best British Solo Artist supported by Pilot Pens
Best International Solo Artist
Lana Del Rey
Best Live Band
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Best Album supported by HMV
‘My Love Is Cool’ Wolf Alice
‘Marks to Prove it’ The Maccabees
‘To Pimp a Butterfly’ Kendrick Lamar
‘Currents’ Tame Impala
‘Art Angels’ Grimes
‘What Went Down’ Foals
‘Adventure of a Lifetime’ Coldplay
‘Gunga Din’ The Libertines
‘I Can’t Feel My Face’ The Weeknd
‘Shut Down’ Skepta
‘Giant Peach’ Wolf Alice
‘ What Went Down’ Foals
Best TV Show
The Walking Dead
Game of Thrones
American Horror Story
This is England ‘90
Mad Max: Fury Road
Kill Your Friends
Beasts of No Nation
Best Music Film
Montage of Heck
Straight Outta Compton
What Happened, Miss Simone
The Reflektor Tapes
New World Towers
Best Music Video
‘Bitch Better Have My Money’ Rihanna
‘Heart Of The Matter’ The Libertines
‘You’re a Germ’ Wolf Alice
‘Ong Ong’ Blur
‘Cheer Up London’ Slaves
‘The Less I Know The Better’ Tame Impala
‘Five Years’ David Bowie
‘People’s Instinctive Travels And the Paths Of Rhythm’ Tribe Called Quest
‘Loaded’ Velvet Underground
‘Sticky Fingers’ Rolling Stones
‘Under The Pink’ Tori Amos
‘Angel Dust’ Faith No More
‘I’ll Never Write My Memoirs’ Grace Jones
‘M Train’ Patti Smith
‘Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink’ Elvis Costello
‘Hunger Makes Me A Modern Girl’ Carrie Brownstein
‘Lucky’ Professor Green
‘Over The Top And Back’ Tom Jones
Reading & Leeds
T in the Park
Isle of Wight
Best Small Festival
Festival Number 6
End Of The Road
Liverpool Sound City
Music Moment of the Year
The return of Adele
The Libertines secret Glastonbury set
Dave Grohl breaks leg and carries on
Florence headlines Glastonbury
Kanye at The Brits
One Direction ‘split’
Best Fan Community
Catfish and the Bottleman
5 Seconds of Summer
Villain of the Year
Hero of the Year
Vlogger of the Year
Game of the Year
Metal Gear Solid
The Rise Of The Tomb Raider
Star Wars Battleforce
The Legend Of Zelda Triforce Heroes
About the NME Awards
Dating back to 1953 (a year after the launch of NME), the NME Awards has remained one of the most important and prestigious events for British music fans. Some of the biggest names in rock ‘n’ roll history have performed at the NME Awards, including: Ronnie Scott (’53), The Beatles (’63/’64), Rolling Stones (’66), The Who (’66), Noel Gallagher (’03), New Order (’05), Ian Brown (’06), The Cure (’09), Dave Grohl (’11), Johnny Marr (’13), Blondie (’14) and Suede (’15).
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Austin is the Live Music Capital of the World®. For festival goers ACL Festival features a diverse line-up of acts every year with 8 stages, more than 130 bands – and now, two weekends. Other festivals include Fun, Fun, Fun Fest and Levitation, both offering a diverse array of music acts.
Austin is also a leading destination for independent and large budget films as well as television and commercial productions. Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater (ACL Live) is a state-of-the-art, 2,750-person capacity live music venue that hosts approximately 100 concerts a year.
For sports enthusiasts Austin’s Circuit of the Americas is a multi-purpose facility that hosts the most prestigious racing events in the world, including the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. In 2016 the X Games will return to COTA with live coverage on ESPN and ABC.
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