Arctic Monkeys dominate UK's NME music nominations

Tue Jan 31, 2012 7:12am EST
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LONDON (Reuters) - The Arctic Monkeys lead the field with seven nominations at the NME music awards, including best British band, best album and best track.

The shortlists were decided by around eight million public votes, and the winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on February 29 at London's O2 Academy Brixton.

"We're up for all the big ones -- we're very happy," said Matt Helders, drummer for the Arctic Monkeys. "That's all we do, record or play live, so it's good to be recognized!"

The Sheffield band are nominated for best British band, best live band, best album for "Suck It and See," best track for "The Hellcat Spangled Shalalala," best video and best album artwork("Suck It and See") and most dedicated fans.

Other multiple nominees include Kasabian (best British band, live band and "greatest music moment") and U.S. artist Lana Del Rey who features in the best video and best track categories for "Video Games" and among the best new bands.

Kasabian and The Vaccines are among the acts due to perform at the awards show.

Following is a list of the main category nominees:

BEST BRITISH BAND: Arctic Monkeys; Bombay Bicycle Club; The Horrors; Kasabian; Muse

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND: Arcade Fire; Foo Fighters; Justice; Odd Future (OFWGKTA); The Strokes   Continued...

<p>Members of the Arctic Monkeys (L-R) Jamie Cook, Alex Turner, Nick O'Malley and Matt Helders pose for a portrait in New York's Central Park May 24, 2011. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi</p>