Beyoncé leads the NME awards with five nominations

BEYONCÉ leads the NME awards shortlist this year, gathering the most nominations following the success of her unexpected visual album Lemonade.

Standing against other musical behemoths such as Radiohead and Lady Gaga, Beyoncé will compete in five different categories for Best International Female, Best Album, Best Music Moment of the year, Hero of the Year and Best Video for Formation.

In addition to this, the 35-year-old singer will compete with her younger sister Solange for Best International Female following the success of her widely acclaimed album A Seat at the Table.

British artists The 1975, Skepta and Bastille follow closely behind with four nominations each making this year’s competition a close run.

The 1975 and Bastille both battle it out for the best British Band after releasing hit albums and playing a year of non-stop festivals and gigs alongside with Biffy Clyro, Years and Years and Wolf Alice.  

The awards ceremony will also feature a handful of alternative awards covering categories in film, books, tv and of course the infamous Villain Of The Year award which lists David Cameron and Donald Trump as candidates.

The group 5 Seconds Of Summer feature in the shortlist again with their nomination as the Worst Band award, having already won it twice. Ashton Irwin from the band responded in good humour joking, “NME worst band two years running, we are unstoppable at being the worst”.

All the awards and shortlists are decided by decided by NME readers themselves, and the award winners will be cast by fans online in an open vote.

by Katrina Mirpuri

The awards ceremony will take place on 15th February at London’s 02 Academy in Brixton.

Tickets are available on the NME website.

Read the NME Awards 2017 shortlist in full here:

Best British Band supported by Zig-Zag

Wolf Alice

The 1975


Years & Years

Biffy Clyro

The Last Shadow Puppets


Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas – Live Music Capital Of The World®

Tame Impala

Kings of Leon

Green Day


A Tribe Called Quest

Tegan & Sara


Best British Male supported by The Pilot Pen Company


Zayn Malik


Jamie T

Michael Kiwanuka

Richard Ashcroft


Best British Female

Dua Lipa


Charli XCX


Kate Tempest

PJ Harvey


Best International Male supported by VO5

Kanye West


The Weeknd

Frank Ocean

Kendrick Lamar

Chance The Rapper


Best International Female supported by VO5


Lady Gaga



Christine and The Queens

Tove Lo


Best New Artist supported by Topman


Zara Larsson

Sunflower Bean

Christine and The Queens

Dua Lipa

Anderson .Paak


Best Album

‘The Life Of Pablo’ Kanye West

‘Konnichiwa’ Skepta

‘I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware of It’ The 1975

‘A Moon Shaped Pool’ Radiohead

‘Wild World’ Bastille

‘Lemonade’ Beyoncé


Best Track

‘Cool Girl’ Tove Lo

‘After The Afterparty’ Charli XCX

‘Man’ Skepta

‘Good Grief’ Bastille

‘Somebody Else’ The 1975

‘Tilted’ Christine and The Queens


Best Live Band supported by Nikon



The 1975

Bring Me The Horizon

Christine and The Queens

Wolf Alice


Best Video

Famous by Kanye West

Formation by Beyoncé

Burn The Witch by Radiohead

Consume Or Be Consumed by Slaves

Get Over It by Rat Boy

Lisbon by Wolf Alice


Best Festival
 supported by ID&C


Reading & Leeds


Isle Of Wight


V Festival


Best Music Film

Oasis: Supersonic

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds ‘One More Time With Feeling’

Sing Street

Gimme Danger

The Rolling Stones Havana Moon

The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years


Best TV Show

Stranger Things


Game Of Thrones

Black Mirror


People Just Do Nothing


Best Film


My Scientology Movie

Captain America: Civil War

Suicide Squad

Everybody Wants Some!!

Hunt For The Wilderpeople


Music Moment of the Year

Bring Me The Horizon invade Coldplay’s table at NME Awards 2016

Coldplay’s Viola Beach tribute at Glastonbury

Beyoncé drops Lemonade

Skepta wins the Mercury Prize

Peter Doherty plays The Bataclan

The Stone Roses’ first new music in 20 years


Best Festival Headliner



Biffy Clyro



The Stone Roses


Best Small Festival

Y Not

Green Man

End Of The Road

Festival No 6

Kendal Calling

Slam Dunk


Villain Of The Year

Donald Trump

David Cameron

Boris Johnson

Nigel Farage

Martin Shkreli

Katie Hopkins


Hero of the Year

David Bowie


Millie Bobby Brown

Gary Lineker


Liam Gallagher


Worst Band

The Chainsmokers

Clean Bandit

Honey G


5 Seconds Of Summer

Twenty One Pilots


Best Reissue

Out Of Time, REM

Meddle, Pink Floyd

Be Here Now, Oasis

Off The Wall, Michael Jackson

Endtroducing, DJ Shadow

Leisure, Blur


Best Book

Alan Partridge, Nomad

Johnny Marr, Set The Boy Free

Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run

The Killers, Somewhere Outside That Finish Line

Zayn, Zayn: The Official Autobiography

Sylvia Patterson, I’m Not With The Band

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