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Last Updated: Tuesday, 24 January 2006, 01:50 GMT
Kaiser Chiefs lead NME shortlist
Kaiser Chiefs
The Kaiser Chiefs rose to fame in 2005
The Kaiser Chiefs are leading the nominations for this year's NME Awards, with a record six nods.

The Leeds-based rockers have been nominated for the best British band, live band, album, track, music DVD and video awards.

Newcomers Arctic Monkeys grabbed four nominations, despite their debut album only being released on Monday.

Franz Ferdinand and Oasis both received five nods each. Winners will be revealed on 23 February in London.

The winners will be decided by NME readers ahead of the ceremony at the Hammersmith Apollo.

'Very pleased'

The Kaiser Chiefs, who started out recording in drummer Nick Hodgson's bedroom in 2003, are the first act to receive six nominations in the history of the awards.

The band were recently nominated in five categories at the Brit Awards, which are handed out on 15 February.

Hodgson said: "Obviously we're very pleased. It's great to be up for the best album and best live band awards.

"I hope people vote for us because we've never won anything we've been nominated for before."

Sheffield-band the Arctic Monkeys reached number one with I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor last year and are currently top of the charts with their second single.

Magic Numbers
Magic Numbers are up for best new band

The band is nominated for four awards - best British band, new band, live band and track.

Editors, The Magic Numbers, Maximo Park, and We Are Scientists will battle with Arctic Monkeys for the best new band title.

Franz Ferdinand, who were big winners at the awards last year, are up for best British band, live band, album, track and video, following the release of their second album You Could Have It So Much Better.

This year's Godlike Genius Award goes to Ian Brown, the former frontman of the Stone Roses.

NME associate editor Dan Silver said: "This year's nominations reflect what has been an exceptional 12 months for rock music.

"When the Kaiser Chiefs and Bloc Party performed at last year's ceremony, they were relative unknowns. This year both will return as conquering heroes.

"And with the likes of Arctic Monkeys, Maximo Park and We Are Scientists all showing strongly, that cycle looks set to continue in 2006."

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