Yes this is late, and yes it shows how rubbish my prediction were, but it never got published on the Uni site, and it deserves to see the light of day!
The NME Awards are like the Brits cooler, older brother. Affectionately known as the Brat Awards, you can guarantee that every up and coming band and their mum are desperate to be nominated. With such a varied selection of acts chosen this year, here at Spark we’re going to guide you through who we think will walk away with the legendary lewd trophies this year.
Best British Band:
Arctic Monkeys, Biffy Clyro, Muse, Foals, Kasabian
As much as I’d love Foals to win this, especially after the phenomenal Total Life Forever, the most likely winner of this category is Muse, whose fans are most likely to vote as many times as possible. Also in contention are Kasabian, who are the new lad band champions after Oasis’ demise.
Best International Band
Arcade Fire, Kings Of Leon, My Chemical Romance, The Drums, Vampire Weekend
This category has to belong to Arcade Fire, after their incredible festival season last summer, and their recent wins at both the Grammy’s and the Brit’s this week only reinforcing their likelihood to win. Strong competition is there in the form of both My Chemical Romance and The Drums, who have both had overwhelming responses to their releases in the past year.
Best Solo Artist
Florence and The Machine, Frank Turner, Kanye West, Laura Marling, Paul Weller
As much as I love the Modfather, and I have an incredible desire for Laura Marling to continue her winning streak after the Brits, this category cannot be won by anyone other that Florence after her incredible rise to the top this year.
Best New Band
Beady Eye, Everything Everything, The Drums, Hurts, Two Door Cinema Club
To be frank Two Door Cinema Club are the only people that could win this award. Beady Eye are a rehash of Oasis, The Drums are in for a shout and don’t even get me started on Hurts or Everything Everything! Poor showing readers of NME!
Best Live Band
Muse, Arcade Fire, Foals Kasabian, Biffy Clyro
Despite the oodles of live awards Muse have won, after catching Biffy live at Leeds festival this past summer, it has to belong to them! Dreadfully though, they may be defeated by Muse’s dedicated army of fans and mind-blowing stage sets!
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs, Crystal Castles – Crystal Castles II, Foals – Total Life Forever, My Chemical Romance – Danger Days: The True Loves Of The Fabulous Killjoys, Two Door Cinema Club – Tourist History
Truthfully I’ve listened to every single track on these albums, and whilst some are not to my taste, there is a slight redeeming quality to every single album listed. However I only truly fell well and truly head over heels with one album here, the fabulous Foals, and they deserve every award they could get fir this album.
Cee Lo Green – **** You, Foals – Spanish Sahara, Gorillaz – Stylo, Janelle Monae (featuring Big Boi) – Tightrope, Mark Ronson & The Business Intl. – Bang, Bang, Bang
Perhaps the obvious choice, but come on, as good as the others are, it is the best!
So that’s the serious categories covered more or less. Now quick-fire attempts at guessing the rest of the winners!
Best Video – Chase & Status – Let You Go
Best Festival – Reading and Leeds Festivals
Best Small Festival – Latitude
Best Dancefloor Filler – Kele – Tenderoni
Best TV Show – The Inbetweeners
Best Film – Scott Pilgrim Vs The World
Hero Of The Year – Julian Assange
Villain Of The Year – David Cameron
Most Stylish – Noel Fielding
Least Stylish – Lady Gaga
Worst Album – Justin Bieber – My World
Worst Band – JLS
Best Band Blog or Twitter – Frank Turner
Best Book – Russell Brand – My Booky Wook 2
Best Album Artwork – Klaxons – Surfing The Void
Hottest Woman – Alison Mosshart
Hottest Man – Alex Turner
So there’s your lot. To see the full nominations for the final categories head over to NME.com, and head there to check out the winners as soon as they’re announced.