This article was written by Jamie Muir, a GIGsoup contributor.
Hailing as the alternative, more down to earth sister of other British Music Award shows, the 2016 NME Awards have announced their raft of nominations celebrating another euphoric year of British music.
London’s finest dominate the list, with both The Libertines and Wolf Alice leading the charge with six nominations each, and multiple nods also falling to festival favourites Foals and The Maccabees, capping off a memorable year for home-grown British guitar music.
They’ll all contest the ‘Best British Band’ category alongside The 1975 and Catfish and the Bottlemen, whilst ‘Best Live Act’ sees the multiple nominees joined by Royal Blood and Catfish once again, all laying claim to hugely euphoric and memorable live shows over the past 12 months.
Fresh from smashing every chart record standing in modern music history, Adele will battle it out with Florence + The Machine, Noel Gallagher, Ed Sheeran, Charli XCX and grime king Skepta for the ‘Best British Solo Artist’ crown, with the latter also up for ‘Best Track’ for ‘Shutdown’ alongside Coldplay, The Weeknd, Foals and dominant nominees Wolf Alice and The Libertines.
The latter two once again pop up in the acclaimed ‘Best Album’ category, which celebrates a unique shortlist of revered albums including Kendrick Lamar’s ‘To Pimp A Butterfly,’ Grimes’ ‘Art Angels’ and Tame Impala’s ‘Currents,’ amongst others.
Reflecting the wider world around Music, the NME Awards also regularly gives out some more unfamiliar award titles including the ‘Villain Of The Year’ unsurprising featuring David Cameron, Chris Moyles, Donald Trump, George Osbourne, Simon Cowell and Kanye West – who also features on their ‘Hero Of The Year’ shortlist alongside Adele, Jeremy Corbyn, Dave Grohl, Florence Welch and his old sparring partner Taylor Swift.
Nickleback fans hoping to see some awards going their way will be delighted to see the band up for the notorious ‘Worst Band’ award, alongside U2, One Direction, 5 Seconds Of Summer, Little Mix and Sleaford Mods. Further award highlights include Run The Jewels, Tame Impala and The Killers all up for ‘Best International Band’, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds and Bestival nominated for ‘Best Festival’ and Rat Boy, Lapsley and Hinds contesting the ‘Best New Artist’ award.
NME Editor-In-Chief Mike Williams had this to say on this year’s nominations: “The NME Audience have voted in their thousands, and once again they’ve 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, with Austin, Texas once the people have had their final say. I’m really excited and can’t wait for the big night”
Winners on the night will all be decided by fan vote, with voting open now here. Tickets for the show are also available now, for the celebrated night at Brixton Academy on February 17th. See the full list of nominations at www.nme.com.