NME has revealed the nominations for its NME Awards 2014, which will take place on Wednesday 26th February at London’s O2 Academy, Brixton. Music fans have cast hundreds of thousands of votes across 20 categories for rock ‘n’ roll’s ceremony of the year and predictably for NME, One Direction and the The Wanted will go head to head in the worst band category.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with an outstanding eight (Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Track, Best Music Video, Music Moment Of The Year, Hero Of The Year for Alex Turner and Best Fan Community). Haim follow closely with six nominations (Best International Band, Best Live Band, Best Music Video, Best Band Blog or Twitter – Alana, Best Fan Community, and Hero Of The Year – Este) whilst Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three.

Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys

Haim said: “We are so excited to be nominated for this year’s NME Awards! This will be our first time, so please be gentle….”

Biffy Clyro, Palma Violets and Arctic Monkeys will fight it out for two of the night’s biggest awards, they are up for ‘Best British Band’ and ‘Best Live act’. Foals, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club also receive nods for ‘Best British Band’ whilst Savages, along with Haim and Queens of The Stone Age are also up for ‘Best Live act’. This years prestigious Best Album category will be fought out between Arctic Monkeys, Queens Of The Stone Age, Peace, Kanye West, Savages and Drenge.

Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles, Robin Thicke and David Cameron will fight it out for the undesirable ‘Villain Of The Year’ award alongside Vladimir Putin and Russell Brand, this is the second year in a row that Harry Styles has been nominated. Pussy Riot, Lou Reed, Alex Turner, David Bowie, and Este Haim are all up for ‘Hero Of The Year’. Meanwhile, Russell Brand splits opinion, nominated in both the Hero Of The Year and Villain Of The Year category.

NME editor Mike Williams says: “The past 12 months of music have had everything – returning legends, era-defining singles, more albums with a claim to be modern classics than any year in recent memory and tons of massive live moments to celebrate. None of this has gone unnoticed by NME’s huge audience, with more people than ever voting to compile these incredibly exciting shortlists. I can’t wait for the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 26 to find out who the big winners will be.”

Back at its spiritual home, and with incredible live performances soon to be announced, the NME Awards 2014 with Austin Texas are set to be the biggest and best yet.

To vote please visit www.nme.com/awardsvote

NME Awards 2014 with Austin Texas nominations as follows:

Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys
Palma Violets
Biffy Clyro
Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas
Arcade Fire
Queens Of The Stone Age
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist
Lily Allen
Jake Bugg
Paul McCartney
Kanye West
David Bowie

Best New Band supported by Mossimo
Swim Deep
Jagwar Ma
Wolf Alice
Courtney Barnett

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys
Palma Violets
Biffy Clyro
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Album
Arctic Monkeys, ‘AM’
QOTSA, ‘…Like Clockwork’
Peace, ‘In Love’
Kanye West, ‘Yeezus’
Savages, ‘Silence Yourself’
Drenge, ‘Drenge’

Best Track supported by Blackstar Amplification
Arctic Monkeys, ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
Lily Allen, ‘Hard Out Here’
Disclosure, ‘White Noise’
Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’
Primal Scream, ‘2013’
Daft Punk, ‘Get Lucky’

Best Music Video
Arctic Monkeys, ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
Pharell, ‘Happy’
Arcade Fire, ‘Reflektor’
Lily Allen, ‘Hard Out Here’
Eagulls, ‘Nerve Endings’
Haim, ‘Falling’

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park

Best TV Show
Breaking Bad
Fresh Meat
Game Of Thrones
Doctor Who

Best Music Film
Muscle Shoals
Made Of Stone
Sound City
The National: Mistaken For Strangers
Good Vibrations

Best Reissue
Nirvana, ‘In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition’
The Clash, ‘Sound System’
The Beta Band, ‘The Regal Years: 1997-2004’
The Breeders, ‘LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)’
Bob Dylan, ‘Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)’
The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
Jehnny Beth, Savages
Albert Hammond Jr
Alana Haim, Haim
James Blunt
Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts

Best Book
Morrissey, //Autobiography//
Alan McGee, //Creation Stories//
Bob Stanley, //Yeah Yeah Yeah//
Mark Lewisohn, //The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In//
Beck, //Song Reader//
Richard Hell, //I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp//

Best Small Festival
Y Not
Kendall Calling
Green Man
Festival Number 6

Best Fan Community
Arctic Monkeys

Music Moment Of The Year
Pussy Riot are freed
Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury
Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust
Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury
Morrissey’s autobiography is released
Kanye West brings Jesus on stage

Worst Band
One Direction
The Wanted
The 1975
Imagine Dragons
30 Seconds To Mars

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
David Bowie
Este Haim
Russell Brand
Pussy Riot
Lou Reed

Villain Of The Year
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
Harry Styles
David Cameron
Vladimir Putin
Russell Brand