Oasis have received seven nominations for next month's NME awards, although the band will have to overcome Barack Obama to claim a clean sweep.

The Britpop pioneers are nominated in the vest British band, best live band, best album, best video and best band blog categories, while Noel Gallagher is also in the running for hero of the year and best dressed awards.

"Seven nominations you say? Is that all? I always knew my time would come in the best dressed man in the world category," Noel said.

President Obama is favourite to win the hero of the year award, with only Gallagher, Brandon Flowers, Noel Fielding and Alex Turner standing in his way.

Outgoing US leader George Bush is likely to claim a fifth successive villain of the year gong, despite stiff competition from John McCain and Amy Winehouse.

Obama and Oasis aside, Kings Of Leon have been nominated four times; for best international band, best live band, best track and best album.

Muse, nominated for best live band and best British band, said: "That's fantastic. We're in the studio now and we'll be back later this year and we look forward to really cleaning up at next year's ceremony."

Also in contention for best British band are Bloc Party, Radiohead and Last Shadow Puppets, while Glasvegas, Vampire Weekend, MGMT and White Lies take on each other in the best new band category.

Conor McNicholas, NME editor, said it was clear that readers' love affairs with Oasis showed no sign of letting up.

"Their latest album has proved they can play to their established fans and still encourage a new generation of Liam and Noels," he said.

"But Oasis and the rest of the UK acts have got some stiff competition from our US cousins. Kings of Leon, MGMT and Vampire Weekend prove that the American music scene is on fire right now and the Obama-effect is helping us fall for American glamour all over again.

"I'd be surprised if NME readers didn't crown him hero of the year."

The NME award winners will be named at the Brixton Academy on February 25th.


27/01/2009 09:53:13