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  • 15 January 2014, 11:20

NME Awards: Arctic Monkeys Up For Eight Prizes

Arctic Monkeys could be the big winners at this year's NME Awards after picking up eight nominations.

The Sheffield band are competing for all of the top prizes, with nearest rivals Haim, the Californian trio of sisters, up for six trophies.

Miley Cyrus and Robin Thicke are among the figures nominated for the "villain of the year" title, alongside David Cameron, Vladimir Putin, Harry Styles and Russell Brand.

Arctic Monkeys are up for best British band, best live band, best album for fifth release AM and best track for single Do I Wanna Know?

In addition, Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High? is up for best video, their Glastonbury Festival headline slot is up for music moment of the year, singer Alex Turner is shortlisted for hero of the year and they are nominated for best fan community.

Other multiple nominees include Queens Of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire, who are each in the running for three prizes.

Challenging Arctic Monkeys for best British band are Foals, Palma Violets, Biffy Clyro, Disclosure and Two Door Cinema Club, and lining up against them for best album are Queens Of The Stone Age with ... Like Clockwork, In Love by Peace, Kanye West's Yeezus, Silence Yourself by Savages and and Drenge with their self-titled debut.

David Bowie, who made his comeback a year ago following a decade-long silence, is among the nominees for hero of the year, along with his old collaborator Lou Reed, who died in 2013.

NME editor Mike Williams said: "The past 12 months of music have had everything - returning legends, era-defining singles, more albums with a claim to be modern classics than any year in recent memory and tons of massive live moments to celebrate."

The event is being staged at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, on February 26.

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