Rock band Arctic Monkeys are leading this year’s New Musical Express or NME Awards nominations, scoring eight nods in total.
Best British band and best album
The Monkeys are nominated for “Best British Band” as well as “Best Album” for their fifth full-length album titled “AM.”
Their closest competitor is Haim, an all-sister trio from California who bagged “BBC’s Sound of 2013” award, with six nods. Haim and Arctic Monkeys are both nominated in the best live band category.
Of heroes and villains
Russian punk band Pussy Riot are nominated for “Hero of the Year” after their imprisonment and recent release in Russia. Band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were jailed in 2012 after performing a protest song in a cathedral in Moscow. They were charged with hooliganism.
Consequently, Russian President Vladimir Putin is also part of the list for “Villain of the Year,” pitting him against One Direction’s Harry Styles, Robin Thicke, and Miley Cyrus. British Prime Minister David Cameron and comedian Russell Brand are also part of the list.
A big part of the scoring comes from public vote. Winners will be awarded on February 26 at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London.