The Rolling Stones lead NME Awards nominations

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The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones lead NME Awards nominations

Ripening rockers, The Rolling Stones, lead the nominations for this year’s NME Awards.

Mick Jagger and co, who celebrated their 50th anniversary last year, have been nominated for ‘Best Live Band’, ‘Best Book’, ‘Music Moment of The Year’ and ‘Best Music Film’.

Jagger said it was “very nice” to be nominated. N’aw:

“When I first heard it was four things, I thought, ‘Ooh, blimey! That’s very nice!’ It’s funny, because when we were rehearsing at Wembley Arena last year, it was where we used to do the NME Pollwinners. We remembered, it was the first time we ever played ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash‘, at one of those Pollwinners concerts!”

Also up for four gongs are the younger, and frankly, more relevant artists, Haim, Tame Impala and MIA, the latter of whom is nominated for ‘Best Track’, ‘Best Music Video’, ‘Best Dancefloor Anthem’ and ‘Best Twitter’ (yes, there really is an award for ‘Best Twitter’). Elsewhere, The Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys follow close behind with three nominations each, including ‘Best British Band’, where they will face Kasabian, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro and The Cribs.

One Direction’s Harry Styles will take on David Cameron, Skrillex, Psy, Azealia Banks and Fred Macpherson (front man of Spector, apparently…) in ‘Villain of the Year’, while David Bowie, Pussy Riot, Frank Ocean, Dave Grohl, Bradley Wiggins and Barack Obama will battle it out for ‘Hero of the Year’. And in the running for the evening’s most coveted award, ‘Best Album’, is Frank Ocean’s ‘channel ORANGE‘, Jake Bugg’s ‘Jake Bugg‘, The Maccabees’ ‘Given to the Wild‘, Alt-J’s ‘An Awesome Wave‘, The Vaccines’ ‘Come of Age‘ and Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism.’

The NME Awards will take place at London’s Troxy on February 27.

The magazine’s editor, Mike Williams, said of this year’s nominees:

“Rightly so, all the early plaudits will go to Haim, Tame Impala, MIA and the legendary Rolling Stones who lead the way with four nominations each, but it’s testament to the exquisite taste of the NME audience that artists as wide ranged as Frank Ocean, Jake Bugg, Pussy Riot and David Bowie are recognised too. To say it’s shaping up to be a classic is a huge understatement!”

For the full list of nominations and to vote, click here.

Jess is a UK-based writer. Her articles were initially published by local newspapers and zines; she now writes reviews and features for a wide range of international, award winning art publications.