Kasabian have eight
nominations in total, including nods in the categories of 'Best British Band supported by Marshall Amplification', 'Best Live Band supported by Dead Crow Spirit Flavoured Beers', 'Best Album', 'Best
Track supported by Tito's Handmade Vodka', 'Best Music Film', 'Dance Floor Filler', 'Music Moment of The Year' – for their Glastonbury headline slot – and 'Best Fan Community'. Royal Blood and Jamie
T follow closely with seven nominations each.
Reacting to their nominations,
Kasabian said: "2014 has been such an incredible year for us, and being nominated for eight NME Awards is a better Christmas present than getting Castle Greyskull in '86! Thanks very
All three acts will learn their fate on February 18, when the ceremony takes place at London's O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets for the ceremony are available now from here. The winners are decided by you - the fans - and voting is now open.
The category of Best British Band Supported by Marshall Amplification will be contested by Kasabian and Royal Blood alongside Arctic Monkeys, Chvrches and The Libertines. This year's prestigious 'Best Album' category will be fought out between Jamie T, Kasabian, Royal Blood, La Roux, Run The Jewels and St Vincent.
Jamie T said: "I would like to
say a thank you to all the fans for coming down to the shows and to the NME for the seven nominations. Thank you, see ya in the pit."
Royal Blood added: "This caps an incredible year for us, and we can't thank NME readers enough for these nominations. Incredible!"
Taylor Swift, Harry Styles, Bono, Russell Brand, Nigel Farage and David Cameron will battle it out for the undesirable 'Villain Of The Year' award, this being the third year in a row that One Direction member Styles has been nominated. Taylor Swift and Russell Brand split opinion, however, with both of them also up for 'Hero Of The Year' alongside Alex Turner, Dave Grohl, Kate Bush and Noel Gallagher.
NME Editor Mike Williams said:
"From massive comebacks to huge breakthroughs, the fact that Kasabian, Royal Blood and Jamie T are leading the way shows what an outstanding year it's been for British rock music. Last year was the
biggest year ever for the NME Awards with Austin, Texas, and 2015 is already shaping up to be the best yet. Get voting!"
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