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Who will win the NME Awards 2009?

By Greg Cochrane
Newsbeat music reporter

Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher of Oasis performing live

Last week's Brit Awards were all very clean cut in the end.

Pristine princess Duffy walked away clutching a bunch of gongs in her dainty hands, Paul Weller somehow won an award and even Lady Gaga looked reasonably sensible performing with the Pet Shop Boys.

In short, very little scandal.

There will be no such behaviour at the NME Awards, taking place tonight at London's O2 Brixton Academy.

Stars appearing

Comedian Mark Watson is in charge - well as much as you can be with tables quaking under the pressure of free alcohol.

Joining Watson on the night to play live are White Lies, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas, Franz Ferdinand and The Cure, who're being inducted into NME's hall of Godlike Geniuses.

Those looking to pick up a middle finger [NME's crude statuette] include Oasis, leading the pack with seven nominations and Kings Of Leon closely following the Gallaghers with four.

The red carpet will be graced by, um, Grace Jones, MGMT, The Ting Tings, Little Boots, The Killers and Crystal Castles amongst a host of other stars.

Much of the running order and attendees remain undisclosed but rumours of a collaboration between Florence & The Machine and Glasvegas persist and that The Cure will play amongst a Tim Burton-esque forest stage set up.

What would really be exciting - seeing as Oasis are up for so many Awards - would be for Blur to make their first public appearance since reforming last year. We'll see.

The nominations - with our predicted victors - in full:

BEST BRITISH BAND

Oasis

Bloc Party

Radiohead

Muse

Last Shadow Puppets

Going home with a finger: Oasis

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND

Kings of Leon

The Killers

MGMT

Vampire Weekend

Crystal Castles

Going home with a finger: The Killers

BEST SOLO ARTIST

Ladyhawke

Jay-Z

Laura Marling

Lightspeed Champion

Pete Doherty

Going home with a finger: Jay-Z

BEST NEW BAND

Vampire Weekend

MGMT

Glasvegas

Late Of The Pier

White Lies

Going home with a finger: MGMT

BEST LIVE BAND

Radiohead

Oasis

The Killers

Muse

Kings Of Leon

Going home with a finger: Kings Of Leon

BEST ALBUM

Kings Of Leon

The Killers

Glasvegas

Oasis

Bloc Party

Going home with a finger: Glasvegas

BEST TRACK

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Last shadow Puppets - Age Of The Understanding

Kings of Leon - Sex On Fire

The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name

MGMT - Time To Pretend

Going home with a finger: MGMT - Time To Pretend

BEST VIDEO

Late Of The Pier - Heartbeat

Last Shadow Puppets - My Mistakes Were Made For You

Radiohead - House of Cards

Vampire Weekend - A-Punk

Oasis - Shock Of The Lightening

Going home with a finger: Late Of The Pier

BEST DVD

Foo Fighters Live At Wembley

Rolling Stones - Shine A Light

Kaiser Chiefs - Live From Elland Road

Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo

Muse - HAARP

Going home with a finger: Arctic Monkeys At The Apollo

BEST BAND BLOG

Noel Gallagher / Oasis

Little boots

Lightspeed Champion

Radiohead

Foals

Going home with a finger: Little Boots



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