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NME Awards: Stones Aim To Make Big Bang
The Rolling Stones, M.I.A., Tame Impala and Haim are the frontrunners at the NME Awards after receiving four nominations each.
The Stones are nominated in the best live band, best book, music moment of the year and best music film categories.
Frontman Sir Mick Jagger said the nominations were special because it gave music fans a chance to have their say.
"It's very nice to be nominated. When I first heard it was four things, I thought 'Ooh, blimey! That's very nice!'.
"And it's not a journalists-only thing, it's not a coterie of closely-knit people choosing."
M.I.A., who infamously gave the finger during her Super Bowl performance with Madonna, is nominated for best track for Bad Girls, best video, best dancefloor album and best Twitter.
Australian psychedelic rockers Tame Impala are up for best international band, best album, best track and best music video.
And Californian nu-folk/R&B band Haim are nominated for best new band, best track, best music video and best Twitter.
David Bowie is nominated in three categories in the wake of his new single Where Are We Now? and new album The Next Day.
The 66-year-old, whose last studio album Reality came out 10 years ago, is chasing music moment of the year, best music video and hero of the year.
The other nominees for hero of the year are cyclist Bradley Wiggins, Russian punk band Pussy Riot, US President Barack Obama, singer-songwriter Frank Ocean and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.
The undesirable villain of the year title pits Prime Minister David Cameron against Harry Styles from One Direction.
Gangnam Style singer Psy, producer Skrillex, Spector vocalist Fred Macpherson and rapper Azealia Banks are also in the running.
The Maccabees and Arctic Monkeys also have three nominations each - including the best British band category, where they will be up against Kasabian, The Vaccines, Biffy Clyro and The Cribs.
The NME Awards 2013 will be held in London on Wednesday, February 27.