NME ANNOUNCES THE NOMINEE SHORTLIST FOR THE VO5 NME AWARDS 2018
PIONEERING POP POWERHOUSES LORDE AND CHARLI XCX LEAD THE PACK WITH FOUR NOMINATIONS EACH, FOLLOWED CLOSELY BY DUA LIPA AND ST VINCENT
FOO FIGHTERS, KASABIAN AND WOLF ALICE LEAD THE CHARGE FOR BANDS, BATTLING IT OUT IN A NUMBER OF HOTLY CONTESTED CATEGORIES
‘VILLAIN OF THE YEAR’ CONTINUES TO BE POLITICALLY CHARGED, WITH NME READERS RANKING DONALD TRUMP, THERESA MAY, JEREMY HUNT AND KIM JONG-UN, PLUS THE DIVISIVE PIERS MORGAN AND KATIE HOPKINS, AS DESERVING OF THE LESS THAN COVETED GONG
THE AWARDS, SHORTLISTED AND DECIDED BY NME READERS AND FOLLOWERS, SEES FANS VOTE IN THEIR THOUSANDS TO CROWN THEIR HEROES AND FAVOURITE MOMENTS ACROSS MUSIC, FESTIVALS, FILM, TV, BOOKS AND MORE
Today, 17th January 2018, NME reveals the highly anticipated shortlist for the VO5 NME Awards 2018. Fans, who have voted in their thousands to whittle the long list down to a highly competitive shortlist, have cast their votes and pop’s most powerful females look a dead cert to dominate the proceedings. Topping the shortlist with an incredible four nominations each are global megastars Lorde and Charli XCX, followed closely behind by Dua Lipa and St. Vincent both receiving three nods for hotly contested categories such as Best Track, Best Video, Best International Solo Artist, Best British Solo Artist, Best Album and many more. Waving the flag for guitar heroes are Wolf Alice, Kasabian and Foo Fighters who also topped the polls with three nominations a pop for classic categories such as Best British Band and Best Live Artist.
In a first for the VO5 NME Awards, NME announce today new categories Best Mixtape and Best Collaboration, both of which reflect the wide tastes of NME readers and celebrate changing trends in pop culture. Fans of hat-trick Worst Band award winners 5 Seconds of Summer can also rest with ease, as NME also announce today that the Worst Band category, always sure to ignite social media uproar from swathes of loyal fans, will no longer feature.
The NME Villain of the Year category remains politically charged with world leaders Donald Trump, Theresa May and Kim Jong-un battling it out for the title alongside British Conservative Party politician Jeremy Hunt, Good Morning Britain’s Piers Morgan and two-time nominated Villain of the Year Katie Hopkins all deemed worthy of the unfavourable gong.
On the flip side, the VO5 NME Awards Hero of the Year shortlist includes much-deserved nods to some of the most significant moments of the past year. The Hero of the Year shortlist includes pop princess Ariana Grande following the tragic terrorist attack at Manchester Arena and her incredible work in pulling together the ‘One Love Manchester’ fundraising concert, Rose McGowan following her heroic call for action against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, national treasure David Attenborough, Man’s Not Hot’s viral comedian Big Shaq, Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn following an incredible year for political youth engagement, plus Wolf Alice’s Ellie Rowsell – who alongside the release of the incredible Visions of a Life album, used her platform to support Labour in the general election.
Following a jam-packed year of unforgettable musical releases, collaborations, headline sets and more, NME fans shortlisted Music Moment of the Year, to include: #Grime4Corbyn, Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester, Noel Gallagher playing Don’t Look Back In Anger at Manchester Arena, Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl Half Time Show, The Killers’ surprise set at Glastonbury and Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington tribute concert.
Other category shortlist announced today include Best TV Show, Best Mixtape, Best Festival, Best Collaboration, Best Film and many more.
Mike Williams, editor-in-chief, NME says: “Once again the NME readers have shown just how switched-on, diverse and exciting their tastes are in coming up with these shortlists, which themselves highlight what an amazing 12 months it’s been for music. It’s brilliant to see some old favourites mixing with a load of fresh new names, and it’ll be interesting to see which of the big guns go home with awards, and where the major upsets might happen. There’s only one way to make sure there’s love in the air for your favourite artists on February 14, and that’s to go and vote.”
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 shortlist in full:
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January 17, 2018 12:18pm ET by Murray Chalmers PR