As Nordoff Robbins is named official charity partner for NME Awards 2020, we can reveal today, this year’s award nominees

The NME Awards return next month to celebrate the last 12 months of artists, records and performances at O2 Academy Brixton for the most raucous night in music.

Today NME announce the nominations for this year’s awards, with Slowthai, The 1975, Yungblud, Billie Eilish, AJ Tracey, FKA twigs, Lizzo, Charli XCX, Stormzy and Lana Del Rey amongst those leading nominations with multiple nods each.

The first award winner to be announced is Glastonbury Festival co-organiser Emily Eavis, who will be presented with NME’s coveted Godlike Genius award, following in the footsteps of the likes of Blondie, U2, Coldplay and the Pet Shop Boys. NME are thrilled to honour Emily for her outstanding contribution to the festival in its 50th year, after having the baton passed to her by her father, Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis, who himself was named Godlike Genius in 1996. When Emily picks up the award on the night she will be the first non-performer to do so in almost 20 years.

“This festival has had so many incredible moments over its 50 years, ones that will stay with us forever. Part of the beauty of the event is that it’s brought together by a huge force of great creative masterminds and it’s such a privilege to continue to put this show on and allow it to evolve. I remember being at the NME Awards when I was 16 and being so proud to see my dad named Godlike Genius. It’s a huge honour to be given the same award all these years later. Thank you NME.” says Emily Eavis.

Nordoff Robbins named Official Charity Partners

Alongside the announcement of this year’s award winners, we are also delighted to say that as the UK’s largest independent music therapy charity, Nordoff Robbins will be the awards’ official charity partner for 2020. Support from NME will be vital in enabling us to support more people affected by life-limiting illness, isolation or disability through music.

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Full 2020 Nominations

The full list of nominations can be found below, including special categories for this year Album Of The Decade and Songwriter Of The Decade, which will be announced in the coming weeks in addition to the Icon and NME Radar awards. The NME Awards are shortlisted, debated and decided by the core NME team staking a claim for curation, critical voice and an immutable belief in the greatest artists in the world. A select number of awards will be voted for by the fans, and voting opens today for Hero Of The Year, Villain Of The Year, Music Moment Of The Year.

Fans can head to NME.com/awards to cast their votes now.

GODLIKE GENIUS

  • Emily Eavis

 

BEST BRITISH ALBUM

  • FKA twigs – ‘Magdalene’
  • Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1’
  • Little Simz – ‘GREY Area’
  • Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’
  • Slowthai – ‘Nothing Great About Britain’

 

BEST ALBUM IN THE WORLD

  • Billie Eilish – ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?’
  • FKA twigs – ‘Magdalene’
  • Foals – ‘Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost, Pt. 1’
  • Lana Del Rey – ‘Norman Fucking Rockwell’
  • Little Simz – ‘GREY Area’
  • Michael Kiwanuka – ‘Kiwanuka’
  • Slipknot – ‘We Are Not Your Kind’
  • Slowthai – ‘Nothing Great About Britain’
  • Stella Donnelly – ‘Beware Of The Dogs’
  • Tyler, the Creator – ‘IGOR’

 

BEST BRITISH SONG

  • AJ Tracey – ‘Ladbroke Grove’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’
  • Georgia – ‘About Work The Dancefloor’
  • Mura Masa ft Slowthai – ‘Deal Wiv It’
  • The 1975 – ‘People’

 

BEST SONG IN THE WORLD

  • AJ Tracey – ‘Ladbroke Grove’
  • Billie Eilish – ‘Bad Guy’
  • Clairo – ‘Bags’
  • Dua Lipa – ‘Don’t Start Now’
  • Georgia – ‘About Work The Dancefloor’
  • Lil Nas X – ‘Old Town Road (remix)’
  • Lizzo – ‘Juice’
  • Mura Masa ft Slowthai – ‘Deal Wiv It’
  • Post Malone – ‘Circles’
  • The 1975 – ‘People’


BEST BRITISH SOLO ACT

  • AJ Tracey
  • Charli XCX
  • FKA twigs
  • Slowthai
  • Yungblud

 

BEST SOLO ACT IN THE WORLD

  • AJ Tracey
  • Beck
  • Billie Eilish
  • Charli XCX
  • FKA twigs
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Lizzo
  • Slowthai
  • Taylor Swift
  • Yungblud

 

BEST BRITISH BAND: SUPPORTED BY PIZZA EXPRESS

  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • IDLES
  • Krept & Konan
  • The 1975
  • The Big Moon

 

BEST BAND IN THE WORLD

  • Bring Me The Horizon
  • Brockhampton
  • BTS
  • HAIM
  • IDLES
  • Krept & Konan
  • Slipknot
  • Tame Impala
  • The 1975
  • The Big Moon


BEST NEW BRITISH ACT: SUPPORTED BY NORDOFF ROBBINS

  • Celeste
  • D-Block Europe
  • Easy Life
  • Jade Bird
  • Sam Fender

 

BEST NEW ACT IN THE WORLD

  • Celeste
  • Clairo
  • D-Block Europe
  • DaBaby
  • Dominic Fike
  • Easy Life
  • Fontaines DC
  • Girl In Red
  • Jade Bird
  • Sam Fender

 

BEST LIVE ACT: SUPPORTED BY COPPER DOG

  • Amyl + The Sniffers
  • Foals
  • Iggy Pop
  • Lizzo
  • Slowthai

 

BEST COLLABORATION

  • BTS + Halsey
  • Charli XCX + Christine And The Queens
  • Megan Thee Stallion + DaBaby
  • Slowthai + Mura Masa
  • Yungblud + Dan Reynolds

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

  • Brockhampton – ‘I’ve Been Born Again’
  • Easy Life – ‘Nice Guys’
  • Normani – ‘Motivation’
  • Stormzy – ‘Vossi Bop’
  • Yungblud – ‘Original Me’

 

BEST BRITISH FESTIVAL

  • All Points East
  • Glastonbury
  • Parklife
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Wireless

 

BEST SMALL FESTIVAL: SUPPORTED BY CANO WATER

  • Bluedot
  • End Of The Road
  • Iceland Airwaves
  • Kendal Calling
  • Øya

 

BEST FESTIVAL IN THE WORLD

  • All Points East
  • Coachella
  • Fuji Rock
  • Glastonbury
  • Mad Cool
  • Parklife
  • Reading & Leeds
  • Rock In Rio
  • Sziget
  • Wireless

 

BEST FESTIVAL HEADLINER

  • Cardi B
  • Lana Del Rey
  • Stormzy
  • The 1975
  • The Cure

 

BEST FILM

  • Blue Story
  • Hustlers
  • Joker
  • Midsommar
  • Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

 

BEST FILM ACTOR

  • Florence Pugh
  • Joaquin Phoenix
  • Lupita Nyong’o
  • Micheal Ward
  • Taron Egerton

 

BEST TV SERIES

  • End Of The Fucking World
  • Fleabag
  • Peaky Blinders
  • Stranger Things
  • Top Boy

 

BEST TV ACTOR

  • Asa Butterfield
  • Jessica Barden
  • Jodie Comer
  • Kano
  • Zendaya

 

BEST MUSIC FILM

  • Beyonce: Homecoming
  • BTS: Bring The Soul
  • Liam Gallagher: As It Was
  • Michael Hutchence: Mystify
  • Rocketman

 

BEST MUSIC BOOK

  • Brett Anderson – ‘Afternoons With The Blinds Drawn’
  • Debbie Harry – ‘Face It: A Memoir’
  • Elton John – ‘Me’
  • Prince – ‘The Beautiful Ones’
  • Tegan & Sara – ‘High School’

 

BEST REISSUE

  • Aretha Franklin – ‘Amazing Grace’
  • Muse – ‘Origins Of Muse’
  • Prince – ‘1999’
  • R.E.M. – ‘Monster 25’
  • The Beatles – ‘Abbey Road’

 

BEST PODCAST: SUPPORTED BY DAX

  • Have You Heard George’s Podcast?
  • My Dad Wrote A Porno
  • Sex Power Money
  • Stay Free: The Story Of The Clash
  • The Missing Cryptoqueen

 

BEST GAME

  • Death Stranding
  • Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
  • Super Smash Bros. Ultimate
  • The Outer Worlds