The Arctic Monkeys, Muse and The Killers are lining up for the NME Awards, where they have all been nominated in four categories.
The Arctic Monkeys scooped three NME awards last year
Kasabian, My Chemical Romance are also up for four gongs.
The Arctic Monkeys, who are up for best live band, album, music DVD and best British band, took home three awards last year.
The awards, voted for by NME readers, also features "worst" categories including band and album.
Musicians and industry figures will gather for a ceremony at the Hammersmith Palais in London.
Pete Doherty's group Babyshambles, Muse, Oasis and Kasabian will compete against the Arctic Monkeys in the best British band category.
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The best album award will be a battle between Arctic Monkeys for Whatever You Say I Am, That's What I'm Not, Kasabian for Empire, The Killers for Sam's Town, Muse for Blackholes and Revelations and My Chemical Romance for The Black Parade.
The Horrors, the Fratellis, Klaxons, The Kooks and The View are up for best new band.
CSS, The Killers, My Chemical Romance, The Strokes and We Are Scientists are in the running for best international band.
Lily Allen, who recently missed out on winning a Brit award, is up for best solo artist alongside Jarvis Cocker, Jamie T, Thom Yorke and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly.
Allen is also up for sexiest female, but also features in the worst dressed and worst album categories.