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Oasis top NME's awards shortlist

Dig Out Your Soul topped the chart in the UK and Italy

Oasis have notched up seven nominations for the 2009 NME awards, including best and worst band.

The band are up for best live band, best album and the coveted best British band - which they won in 2003.

Noel Gallagher has picked up a couple of individual nods for hero of the year and in the best dressed category.

Kings of Leon are up for four of the awards, including best international band and best track for the UK number one Sex On Fire.

Oasis' last NME award came in 2006 for best video.

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

Muse, the winners of last year's best British band prize, go up against Oasis, Radiohead, Bloc Party and The Last Shadow Puppets to retain their title.

The Devonshire rockers are also in the running for best live band and DVD.

Mainstream criticism

The NME awards show has enjoyed its fair share of controversy over the years but has faced recent criticisms of becoming mainstream.

Since 2003, lighter awards such as sexiest male and female, best and worst dressed and best haircut have floated in and out of the nominated categories.

Former US President George W Bush has been named villain of the year for the past four years running and this year will battle it out with former presidential candidate John McCain and Prime Minister Gordon Brown.

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse is also up for villain of the year

Newly inaugurated US President Barack Obama has been shortlisted for hero of the year.

Despite their haul at the Brit nominations, Coldplay's album Viva La Vida (Or Death And All His Friends) has been nominated for worst album.

It is up against Slipway Fires by Razorlight, whose self-titled debut album was also nominated in 2007 but lost out to Robbie Williams' Rudebox.

Singer Johnny Borrell also shares the dubious honour of featuring on the worst dressed person shortlist alongside Amy Winehouse, Pete Doherty, Katy Perry and The Killers' Brandon Flowers.

The Cure will accept NME's godlike genius award, the equivalent to an outstanding contribution, and join past honourees including Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream and Ian Brown.

Winners will be announced at London's Brixton Academy on 25 February.

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