The Shockwaves NME Awards 2010 – The Nominations

By on Tuesday, 26th January 2010 at 4:00 pm

Nominations for the 2010 Shockwaves NME Awards were announced last night at a party at the London Tabernacle which featured a performance by the Maccabees, who are up for Best Video for “Can You Give It”. Muse are up for a staggering 7 awards, including Best Band, Best Album and Best Album artwork. Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian have fared the next best, with 6 nominations each, and are both up for Best Band, Best Album and Best Live Band. Lady Gaga makes quite a showing as well: she’s nominated for Best Solo Artist, Best Dancefloor Filler (‘Pokerface’), Villain of the Year, Best AND Worst Dressed and Worst Album.

While some great bands were left out completely, a lot of the categories are packed, and fans will find it hard to choose who to vote for.  One of the toughest categories is Best British Band, which pits Arctic Monkeys against Biffy Clyro, Kasabian, Muse and Oasis. Another tough one is Best Album, which looks very similar to what my top five albums of 2009 would be, if I were forced to choose. Nominations go to Arctic Monkeys’ ‘Humbug,’ Kasabian’s ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum,’ Muse’s ‘The Resistance,’ The Cribs’ ‘Ignore the Ignorant’  and the Horrors’ ‘Primary Colours.’

One new category was added this year. The “Giving It Back Fan Award” was created “to note acts who go the extra yard for their fans.” Going the extra yard seems to equate to giving away free stuff, as Noel Fielding and Kasabian’s free ‘Vlad the Impaler’ video is up against Vampire Weekend (for giving away ‘Horchata’ for free) and Danger Mouse (for leaking ‘Dark Night of the Soul’). Lily Allen is also nominated for her ticket treasure hunts on twitter, as are Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets. While it’s hardly a relevant category, it can only be a good thing if it encourages bands to do more for their fans.

One of the most fun parts of the NME awards is the categories that have little or nothing to do with the music. Comedians the Mighty Boosh will fight it out against Kings of Leon, Flight of the Conchords, the Killers and Nirvana for Best DVD. There is only one music-based show nominated for Best TV Show, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, which sees competition from True Blood, the Inbetweeners, Peep Show and Skins, which has a soundtrack torn from the pages of NME.  And then, of course, there’s the ever popular Hottest Man and Hottest Woman categories, currently causing arguments between friends across the UK. There are far too many to list, but head on over to to rate the likes of the Followills, the Jarmans, Lily Allen, Alison Mosshart and Alex Turner on a scale from “Cold Shower” to “Sex on Fire.”

Voting is open now, and the winners will be announced in a ceremony at the 02 Academy Brixton on 24th February 2010.

The full list of nominees is available after the jump.

Best British Band (sponsored by Shockwaves)
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro

Best International Band (sponsored by 4music/T4)
Green Day
Kings Of Leon
Vampire Weekend
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Best Solo Artist
Dizzee Rascal
Florence And The Machine
Jamie T
Julian Casablancas
Lady Gaga

Best New Band (sponsored by USC)
The Big Pink
Bombay Bicycle Club
Mumford & Sons
The xx
La Roux

Best Live Band (sponsored by Tuborg)
Arctic Monkeys
Them Crooked Vultures

Best Album (sponsored by HMV)
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Humbug’
Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’
Muse – ‘The Resistance’
The Cribs – ‘Ignore The Ignorant’
The Horrors – ‘Primary Colours’

Best Track (sponsored by NME Radio)
Animal Collective – ‘My Girls’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Crying Lightning’
Florence And The Machine – ‘Rabbit Heart (Raise It Up)’
Jamie T – ‘Sticks N’ Stones’
The Big Pink – ‘Dominos’

Best Video (sponsored by NME TV)
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Cornerstone ‘
Biffy Clyro – ‘The Captain’
Kasabian – ‘Fire’
The Maccabees – ‘Can You Give It’
Oasis – ‘Falling Down’

Best Live Event
Blur at Hyde Park
Jay-Z at Alexandra Palace
Muse at Teignmouth
Oasis at Heaton Park
The Dead Weather at Shoreditch Church

Best Festival
Reading And Leeds Festivals
T In The Park
V Festival

Best Dancefloor Filler
Dizzee Rascal And Armand Van Helden – ‘Bonkers’
Florence And The Machine – ‘You’ve Got The Love’
La Roux – ‘In For The Kill’ (Skream Remix)
Lady Gaga – ‘Poker Face’
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘Zero’

Best TV Show
The Inbetweeners
Never Mind The Buzzcocks
Peep Show
True Blood

Best Film
(500) Days Of Summer
In The Loop
Inglourious Basterds
The Twilight Saga: New Moon
Where The Wild Things Are

Best DVD
Kings Of Leon – Live At The The O2 Arena
Flight Of The Conchords – Complete HBO Second Season
The Killers – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
The Mighty Boosh – Future Sailors
Nirvana – Live At Reading

Giving It Back Fan Award
Kasabian and Noel Fielding for free ‘Vlad The Impaler’ video
Danger Mouse for leaking ‘Dark Night Of The Soul’
Lily Allen for her Twitter ticket treasure hunt
Arctic Monkeys for their Oxfam golden tickets
Vampire Weekend for giving away ‘Horchata’ from the album ‘Contra’

Hero Of The Year
Beyoncé Knowles
Noel Gallagher
Rage Against The Machine
Matt Bellamy
Alex Turner

Villain Of The Year
Noel Gallagher
Liam Gallagher
Simon Cowell
Kanye West
Lady Gaga

Best Dressed
Lady Gaga
Liam Gallagher
Noel Fielding
Florence Welch
Karen O

Worst Dressed
Lady Gaga
Matt Bellamy
Katy Perry
Liam Gallagher
Elly Jackson, La Roux

Worst Album
Green Day – ’21st Century Breakdown’
Lady Gaga – ‘The Fame’
The Jonas Brothers – ‘Lines Vines Trying Times’
U2 – ‘No Line On The Horizon’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Humbug’

Worst Band
Green Day
Jonas Brothers

Hottest Man
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Alex Turner, Liam Gallagher, Peter Doherty, Matt Bellamy, Brandon Flowers and Julian Casablancas

Hottest Woman
Head to NME.COM now to rate possibles including Lily Allen, Alison Mosshart, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Florence Welch and Karen O

Best Website (excluding NME.COM)

Best Album Artwork
Muse – ‘The Resistance’
Green Day – ’21st Century Breakdown’
Kasabian – ‘West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum’
The Cribs – ‘Ignore The Ignorant’
Manic Street Preachers – ‘Journal For Plague Lovers ‘

Best Band Blog
Muse ( and
Radiohead (
Noel Gallagher (
Los Campesinos! (
Paramore (

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One Response

6:39 pm
27th January 2010

Have I just got older and wiser, or has the NME just completely lost it’s edge? Best band – Kasabian, Oasis, Muse, Artic Monkeys…are we still in 2005?? Really disappointing to not see a few more new/more adventurous acts in there.

And the worst/best dress person – is this Smash Hits or the NME? To think I used to feel like such a rebel carrying around my copy back in the day.

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