"The NME Awards is the highlight of the music calendar and the most Rock'n'roll party of the year," says NME editor Mike Williams. He's not wrong, and this year's nominations, which have just been released, prove to make this year's party even better.

The bands to be most proud of their nominations this year are new-comers Haim and Tame Impala, both of which have never been nominated in the awards before. Haim's nominations are for 'Best New Band', 'Best Track', 'Best Music Video' and 'Best Twitter' for Alana Haim (@babyhaim). We're not entirely sure what makes a good Twitter, but we're sure she deserves it, mostly because she posted a photo of her kissing a trout. Tame Impala's nominations are for 'Best International Band', 'Best Album', 'Best Track' and 'Best Music Video'. Also with four nominations each are veterans The Rolling Stones, and controversial act, M.I.A

This year's heroes and villains are an interesting bunch with Harry Styles and David Cameron undoubtedly leading the troupe for the villains, while Frank Ocean, Barack Obama and Pussy Riot are all up for the Hero award. 

To reiterate Mike Williams, "To say it's shaping up to be a classic is a huge understatement!"

Here's a list of the nominations some of the biggest awards:


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The Vaccines
Biffy Clyro
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Channel Orange' - Frank Ocean
Jake Bugg' - Jake Bugg
Given To The Wild' - The Maccabees
An Awesome Wave' - Alt-J
Come Of Age' - The Vaccines
Lonerism' - Tame Impala

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