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Oasis, Kings of Leon lead NME music nominations

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<p>Oasis perform at the Brit Awards at the Earls Court Arena in London, February 14, 2007.Kieran Doherty</p>

LONDON (Reuters) - Oasis, Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend lead the field of nominees in a transatlantic clash at the NME pop music magazine awards this year.

Britain's Oasis have been shortlisted in seven categories ahead of next months' awards ceremony, although the total includes best band blog as well as hero of the year and best dressed for songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher.

U.S. rock group Kings of Leon are up for four prizes -- best international band, best live band, best track and best album.

Compatriots Vampire Weekend are also nominated in four categories -- best international band, best new band, best track and best video.

"Oasis and the rest of the UK acts have got some stiff competition from our U.S. cousins," said Conor McNicholas, NME editor, in a statement.

"Kings of Leon, MGMT and Vampire Weekend prove that the American music scene is on fire right now."

Gallagher added: "Seven nominations you say? Is that all? I always knew my time would come in the best dressed man in the world category."

Among the leading U.S. contenders for top awards on February 25 alongside Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend are The Killers (best international band, best live band and best album) and MGMT (best international band, best new band and best track).

In the lighter categories, U.S. President Barack Obama is up for hero of the year, and in the best dressed category Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner is up against his girlfriend, television presenter Alexa Chung.

Following are the nominations in the main categories:

Best British Band

- Oasis

- Bloc Party

- Radiohead

- Muse

- Last Shadow Puppets

Best International Band

- Kings of Leon

- The Killers

- Mgmt

- Vampire Weekend

- Crystal Castles

Best Solo Artist

- Ladyhawke

- Jay-Z

- Laura Marling

- Lightspeed Champion

- Pete Doherty

Best New Band

- Vampire Weekend

- Mgmt

- Glasvegas

- Late Of The Pier

- White Lies

Best Live Band

- Radiohead

- Oasis

- The Killers

- Muse

- Kings Of Leon

Best Album

- Kings Of Leon

- The Killers

- Glasvegas

- Oasis

- Bloc Party

Best Track

- Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

- Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement

- Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire

- The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name

- MGMT - Time To Pretend

Best Video

- Late Of The Pier - Heartbeat

- Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You

- Radiohead - House of Cards

- Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

- Oasis - The Shock Of The Lightning

Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato

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