Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Muse top NME shortlist

Mon Jan 25, 2010 3:01pm EST
 
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LONDON (Reuters) - Male bands led the charge at the NME award nominations on Monday, with Arctic Monkeys appearing in six categories, Kasabian in five and Muse in four.

And for all the talk of the dominance of solo female acts in 2010 and beyond, even Oasis have been nominated three times some five months after announcing they had split.

"It's a good thing knowing we're still up for these awards," said Alex Turner from Arctic Monkeys.

"Kasabian have said that there aren't any other proper rock bands apart from us and them. I don't necessarily agree completely but I know what they're saying. I think we're just co-existing nicely."

Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys go head-to-head in five categories -- best British band, best live band, best album, best video and a new category for 2010, the "Giving It Back Award" recognizing bands giving away offers to their fans.

Arctic Monkeys' sixth nomination is for best track for "Crying Lightning."

NME music magazine said that 1.3 million votes had been cast by fans.

Joining Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian and Oasis in the battle for best British band are Biffy Clyro and Muse, and in the best live event category are Blur, Jay-Z, Muse, Oasis and The Dead Weather.

Following is a list of nominations for the main categories. The Shockwaves NME Awards will be announced on February 24 at the O2 Academy Brixton.   Continued...

 
<p>British group The Arctic Monkeys celebrate after winning the Best British group award at the Brit Awards at Earls Court in London February 20, 2008. REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico</p>