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Monkeys up for eight NME Awards

Arctic Monkeys have been nominated for eight NME awards: Photo © Monkeys up for eight NME Awards Photo

Arctic Monkeys lead the field for this year's NME Awards with eight nominations.

The annual music bash sees the Sheffield quartet competing for a haul of top awards, with nearest rivals Haim - the Californian all-sister trio - up for six prizes.

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are among the figures nominated for the "villain of the year" title, alongside David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Harry Styles and Russell Brand.

The event is being staged at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on February 26 and sees Arctic Monkeys up for b est British band, best live band, b est album for fifth release AM and best track for single Do I Wanna Know?.

In addition, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? is up for best video, their Glastonbury Festival headline slot is up for music moment of the year, singer Alex Turner is shortlisted for hero of the year and they are nominated for best fan community.

Other multiple nominees include Queens Of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire, who are each in the running for three prizes.

Challenging Arctic Monkeys for best British band are Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club, and lining up against them for best album are Queens Of The Stone Age with ...Like Clockwork, In Love by Peace, Kanye West's Yeezus, Silence Yourself by Savages and and Drenge with their self-titled debut.

The awards - sponsored not by a brand but by the city of Austin in Texas, which has strong rock and roll links as the base for the annual South By South West festival - are largely chosen by readers of the music weekly.

David Bowie, who made his comeback a year ago following a decade-long silence, is among the nominees for hero of the year, along with his old collaborator Lou Reed, who died last year.

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."

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