Brixton set to be rocked by NME Awards Show as Kasabian lead with eight nominations

Rock stars will converge in Brixton for the famous NME Awards hosted at the O2 Academy next month.

Headlining the prestigious event on February 18 will be rock duo Royal Blood, The Vaccines and Run the Jewels, a hiphop partnership from Killer Mike and El-P.

Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves are currently fronting the awards tour and are also tipped to perform at the awards ceremony.

An announcement on who will host the music awards has yet to be made, but comedian-turned-activist Russell Brand, Jarvis Cocker and funnyman James Corden have all hosted in the past.

Indie rockers Kasabian lead the way in nominations with eight with Jamie T and Royal Blood hot on their heels with seven.

The bands will be hoping to get their hands on the award, famously shaped like a middle finger salute.

Every year NME awards a godlike genius award to those who have changed the world of music and last year the accolade went to Blondie.

It is not just music acts who are honoured with awards being given to Best Film and Best TV Show with the likes of Oscar contender Boyhood, HBO’s gory fantasy Game of Thrones and Girls nominated.

In a strange twist of fate, Taylor Swift and Russell Brand are nominated for both hero and villain of the year highlighting their divisive personas.

Talk was rife in the SWL office over who should pick up the middle finger and we have come up with our picks of the nominees we think should win, see below.

Best British Band: Arctic Monkeys

Best Album: Royal Blood-Royal Blood

Best International Band: Queens of The Stone Age

Best Live Band: Arctic Monkeys

Best New Band: Royal Blood

Best Solo Artist: Jamie T

Best Festival: T in the Park

Best Track: Jungle – Busy Earnin

Best Video: Jamie T-Zombies

Best Music Film: Pulp: A Film About Life Death and Supermarkets

Best Film: Boyhood

Best TV Show: Game of Thrones

Dancefloor Filler- Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk

Worst Band – U2

Villain of the Year- Bono

Hero of the Year – Taylor Swift

Music Moment of the Year – Jamie T’s Comeback

Featured image courtesy of Buzz Andersen, with thanks

Related Articles