The NME Awards 2020 Are Out: See The Nominees On Tour!



NME have unveiled the list of categories and nominations for this year's NME Awards, which will take place in London next month. There's a huge list of artists and bands announced, including lots of new-comers from the UK and beyond, and luckily for you, most of them are heading out on tour this year. Read on for our breakdown of nominees and grab your tickets before they sell out!

FKA Twigs 

Nominated for: Best British Album, Best Album in the World,  Best British Solo Act, Best Act in the World

Queen of the avant-garde, FKA Twigs is up for an impressive four awards. Since 2014 she’s been given countless nods in the music industry, nominated then for the BBC Music Sound of 2014 award following the release of her critically-acclaimed debut ‘LP1’, she returned last year with the equally adored ‘Magdalene’. Her last shows in the UK, in support of the record, sold out in an instant. In 2020, you can see her for yourself at Lovebox festival, taking place in June at London’s Gunnersbury Park.

 

 

Foals 

Nominated for: Best British Album, Best Album in the World, Best Live Act

2019 was a massive year for Foals, having released two critically acclaimed albums. 2019 saw the band achieve their first UK number one album, two sell-out headline shows at London’s Alexandra Palace, an explosive secret set at Glastonbury, their first documentary on Amazon Prime, and so much more. So what better way to round-off and celebrate these achievements than with three NME nominations? The band are going back on the road in 2020 with limited availability. Book now to secure your tickets!

 

 

Little Simz

Nominated for: Best British Album, Best Album in the World

At only 24 years old she has already released two critically acclaimed and award-winning albums independently, toured the world and has received praise from her musical peers and inspirations including the likes of Kendrick Lamar. Simbi Ajikawo, a.ka. Little Simz, moves genuinely between hip-hop, r'n'b, jazz and soul beats with a philosophical, curious and yet self-assured expression. You can catch her perform live at Lovebox Festival and TRNSMT 2020 this summer.

 

 

Michael Kiwanuka

Nominated for: Best British Album, Best Album in the World

His latest album ‘Kiwanuka’ has been nominated for two awards including for his third studio album which The Guardian described as ‘one of the greatest albums of the decade’. Tickets for his UK tour in March are sold out. However, if you want to see him live, you can catch him at London’s Alexandra Palace in November.

 

 

 

 

Billie Eilish

Nominated for: Best Album in the World, Best Song in the World, Best Solo Act

She is officially the first artist born this millennium to achieve both a number one album and single, and is now the third female solo artist in history with multiple songs topping the Billboard Alternative Songs airplay chart! Billie’s tour is sold out, but you can get some last chance tickets on our ethical re-sale site fan to fan here.

 

 

 

 

Lana Del Rey

Nominated for: Best Album in the World, Best Solo Act in the World, Best Festival Headliner

Her latest album ‘Norman F***ing Rockwell’ has appeared on so many top 2019 album lists. It’s impossible to ignore that the singer-songwriter is back! Described by Pitchfork recently as “one of America’s greatest living songwriters“, she’s up for three awards. If you want to see her live, limited tickets remain for her tour next month so be quick!

 

 

 

Slipknot

Nominated for: Best Album in the World, Best Band in the World

Pioneers of rock music, from the moment Slipknot emerged in 1999 with their self-titled debut, it was clear they were like nothing the world had seen before. They are nominated for two awards at this year's NME awards, which includes a nomination for best album with their latest release 'We Are Not Your Kind'. The band recently announced the first ever KNOTFEST UK, which is on sale now.

 

 

 

Tyler, the Creator

Nominated for: Best Album in the World

Multi-talented rap superstar Tyler, The Creator has in the past been applauded for expertly fusing a range of genres in his music. Ranging from jazz and soul inspirations, his music has been met with global acclaim and nominations for awards, including the GRAMMYs since 2011. Tyler, The Creator headlines Lovebox this summer, perfoming alongside fellow nominees Charli XCX and FKA Twigs. Grab a ticket today!

 

 

 

Dua Lipa

Nominated for: Best British Song, Best Song in the World

The British singer-songwriter is now the most-streamed female artist in the world with over 5 billion total streams across platforms and is the youngest ever female artist to hit one billion views on the video for her landmark single ‘New Rules.’ She is up for two awards with her hit 'Don't Start Now' and she heads out on a HUGE UK tour in June, tickets available now.

 

 

 

Georgia

Nominated for: Best British Song, Best Song in the World

The London born and raised multi-instrumentalist, producer and songwriter has been nominated for two awards for her hit, 'About Work The Dancefloor'.  2019 saw Georgia establish herself as one of the most singular and irresistible UK pop talents. Don't miss her when she heads out on tour in March, limited tickets remain.

 

 

 

 

Mura Masa

Nominated for: Best British Song, Best Song in the World, Best Collaboration

The producer, songwriter and vocalist has been nominated for three awards for his tune with Slowthai – 'Deal Wiv It'. Mura Masa’s huge global headline tour for 2020 includes a massive London date at Alexandra Palace on 20th February in celebration of the announcement of his much-anticipated second album, ‘R.Y.C’ (Raw Youth Collage), released this month.

 

 

 

The 1975

Nominated for: Best British Song,  Best Song in the World, Best British Band, Best Band in the World, Best Festival Headliner

Pop rockers The 1975 are nominated for five awards, including two for their song, 'People' which DIY magazine noted 'if there was a rousing rally call for change and rebellion, then this is its answer: there’s no going quietly now.' The last few tickets now remain for their huge tour in support of their upcoming album, 'Notes on a Conditional Form'.

 

 

 

Charli XCX

Nominated for: Best British Solo Act, Best Solo Act in the World, Best Collaboration

Iconic pop pioneer Charli XCX released her latest album ‘Charli’ and began her transatlantic tour ‘Charli Live’ during autumn 2019. Singing alongside huge names BTS, Christine and the Queens, Lizzo and French Montana, Charli has established herself as the cornerstone of modern-day pop. You can catch the queen of pop herself live this year at both Latitude Festival and Lovebox. Tickets are still available here.

 

 

 

Taylor Swift

Nominated for: Best Solo Act in the World

Taylor Swift is undoubtedly one of the biggest female solo artists on the planet and has achieved a long list of hits since she first launched onto the music scene as a country (turned pop) artist. She has been announced as a headliner for Glastonbury’s 50th anniversary and will also be performing at Nos Alive next year, so don’t miss out on seeing her perform live!

 

 

 

Krept & Konan

Nominated for: Best British Band, Best Band in the World

The British hip-hop duo have been nominated for two awards at this year's NME awards. Last year saw them release their second studio album, 'Revenge Is Sweet' which followed their 2015 debut album 'The Long Way Home'. It became the highest-charting British Rap album in UK chart history after debuting at no. 2 in the official UK album charts! They are on tour now, so don't miss out, final tickets remain!

 

 

 

The Big Moon

Nominated for: Best British Band, Best Band in the World

The London all-female four-piece are nominated for two awards this year following being shortlisted for the prestigious Mercury Prize. Their tour begins next month, with the last few tickets remaining and they have also been announced as supports for Bombay Bicycle Club on their current tour.

 

 

 

 

BROCKHAMPTON

Nominated for: Best Band in the World, Best Music Video

Nominated for 'Best Music Video' with their song 'I've Been Born Again', the American rap collective describes themselves as "the world's greatest boyband" so it's no surprise they've been nominated for an award. Don't miss them when they go on tour in May!

 

 

 

 

Tame Impala

Nominated for: Best Band in the World

Tame Impala aka Kevin Parker will release his much anticipated fourth studio album, 'The Slow Rush' next month following the huge success of his previous album 'Currents'. They headline All Points East Festival at Victoria Park on Saturday 23rd May alongside Caribou, Glass Animals, Whitney, Rolling Blackouts and more. Tickets on sale now.

 

 

 

 

Celeste

Nominated for: Best New British Act, Best New Act in the World

Having already been named as BBC Music Introducing’s Artist of the Year, the soul singer has performed at renowned festivals around the world last year, including Glastonbury, and we’re sure this is just the beginning of a prolific career. Her tour is sold out, however keep an eye on our ethical re-sale site fan to fan here for tickets.

 

 

 

 

Easy Life

Nominated for: Best New British Act, Best New Act in the World, Best Music Video

They're up for Best Music Video with 'Hazy hip-hop inspired indie pop' (DIY magazine) song 'Nice Guys', plus two awards for best new act. The Leicester born group are heading places in 2020, see them live on tour in March, or catch them at Dot to Dot Festival and Live at Leeds in May!

 

 

 

 

Jade Bird

Nominated for: Best New British Act, Best New Act in the World

One of Britain's most exciting new voices, the singer-songwriter is winning the hearts of people across the globe with her infectious songs. She's up for two awards this year as best newcomer so don't miss the chance to see her live when she plays at London's O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in March!

 

 

 

 

Sam Fender

Nominated for: Best New British Act, Best New Act in the World

Sam Fender has sold out two shows at Alexandra Palace; setting the precedent of things to come for the young singer-songwriter. This album, ‘Hypersonic Missiles’, shot to number one in the UK, reflecting Fender’s 2019 nominations at this year's NME Awards. See what all the hype’s about for yourself at his upcoming tour starting later this month!

 

 

 

 

Stormzy 

Nominated for: Best Music Video, Best Festival Headliner

London based rap and grime star Stormzy made history last year by becoming the first black solo British headliner at Glastonbury. He put on a truly unforgettable performance on the Pyramid stage. Rising from the underground grime scene, Stormzy made his breakthrough in 2017 with his platinum-certified, chart-topping debut ‘Gang Signs & Prayer’. He will be heading out on his ‘H.I.T.H’ tour this September and tickets are on sale – grab them quick!

 

 

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