You have to applaud NME, when it comes to award categories the former New Musical Express magazine and still hugely influential music website doesn’t mince words. Nominees in the NME Awards 2020, revealed this week, include Australia’s own Tame Impala in Best Band in the World category, alongside the likes of Haim, Bring Me the Horizon and Slipknot.

Best Festival Headliner is a doozy too, a category where being nominated really is an achievement in itself, let alone winning, particularly when the nominees are The Cure, The 1975, Lana Del Rey, Stormzy and Cardi B. The Cure and Stormzy (and the Killers) were joint headliners last year at Glastonbury, which was nominated in NME’s Best Festival in the World, alongside Coachella, Fuji Rock, All Points East and Parklife among others.

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One of our favourite categories here at Sticky – helped along in no small way by the fact Australian punk rock ratbags Amyl and the Sniffers sits among the nominees – is Best Live Act featuring Iggy Pop, Lizzo, Slowthai and Foals. Seriously, imagine if Amyl and the Sniffers pips that lot when winners are announced on February 12 at Brixton’s O2 Academy. Good luck to them; it would cap an extraordinary 12 months.

In the Best Music Film category, Richard Lowenstein’s film Michael Hutchence: Mystify was nominated in a list of five including Rocketman.

Meanwhile, Tame Impala this week announced their biggest Australian tour to date, playing stadiums in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth in April, supported by Texan trio Khruangbin. Tame Impala’s new album The Slow Rush will be released on February 14, two days after we learn if they are the best band in the world, according to NME.

album of the week
(Headland Records)
Stitched together over several sessions across different studios in 2013, the 14 tracks here comprise one of a handful of hypnotic Headland releases, featuring Murray Patterson (Dark Horses), Joel Silbersher (God, Hoss), Steve Law and Brock Fitzgerald among others. Picture yourself in that singularly delightful moment, late afternoon sunshine filling the car with a sleepy warmth as you return from a relaxing day at the beach. Nobody is talking, you’re a passenger and all is right in the world. Not an easy album to find this one, but worth tracking down.

Everything Else Has Gone Wrong – Bombay Bicylce Club
Daredevil – Fu Manchu
Goodbye Yellow Brick Road – Elton John

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