One Direction, The Wanted Nominated For Worst Band In NME Awards 2014

Well, the NME Awards nominations are out, and it’s bad news for fans of One Direction and The Wanted. The dueling British boy bands weren’t just snubbed by the British rock magazine’s annual awards — they were actually nominated for Worst Band this year, alongside Muse, 30 Seconds To Mars, The 1975 and Imagine Dragons, which feels a little harsh. All four of those are way worse than One Direction or The Wanted. C’mon, guys.

In slightly happier news, some actually-good pop acts were also nominated for awards: HAIM received a Best International Band nom, while Lorde and Lily Allen are both up for Best Solo Artist. CHVRCHES received a Best New Band nod, and Lily Allen’s exceptional “Hard Out Here” was nominated for Best Track and Best Music Video; Pharrell received a nomination for “Happy” in that latter category.

Also noteworthy: Miley Cyrus, Harry Styles and Robin Thicke all received nods for Villain Of The Year. Gulp. Better start tweeting your outrage, Smilers and Directioners. (For the record, you can vote until February 21.)

Check the full list of nominations below.

Best British Band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas
Arcade Fire
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Vampire Weekend
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Solo Artist
David Bowie
Jake Bugg
Kanye West
Lily Allen
Paul McCartney

Best New Band supported by Mossimo
Courtney Barnett
Jagwar Ma
Swim Deep
Wolf Alice

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys
Biffy Clyro
Palma Violets
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Album
Arctic Monkeys – ‘AM’
Drenge – ‘Drenge’
Kanye West – ‘Yeezus’
Peace – ‘In Love’
QOTSA – ‘…Like Clockwork’
Savages – ‘Silence Yourself’

Best Track supported by Blackstar Amplification
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Do I Wanna Know?’
Daft Punk – ‘Get Lucky’
Disclosure – ‘White Noise’
Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’
Primal Scream – ’2013′

Best Music Video
Arcade Fire – ‘Reflektor’
Arctic Monkeys – ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’
Eagulls – ‘Nerve Endings’
Haim – ‘Falling’
Lily Allen – ‘Hard Out Here’
Pharell – ‘Happy’

Best Festival
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park

Best TV Show
Breaking Bad
Doctor Who
Fresh Meat
Game Of Thrones

Best Music Film
Good Vibrations
Made Of Stone
Muscle Shoals
Muse – Live At Rome Olympic Stadium
The National: Mistaken For Strangers
Sound City

Best Reissue
The Beta Band, ‘The Regal Years: 1997–2004′
The Breeders, ‘LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)’
Bob Dylan, ‘Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)’
The Clash, ‘Sound System’
Nirvana, ‘In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition’
The Velvet Underground, ‘White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition’

Best Band Blog Or Twitter
Alana Haim, Haim
Albert Hammond Jr
James Blunt
Jehnny Beth – Savages
Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts

Best Book
Alan McGee – ‘Creation Stories’
Beck – ‘Song Reader’
Bob Stanley – ‘Yeah Yeah Yeah’
Mark Lewisohn – ‘The Beatles – All These Years: Volume One: Tune In’
Morrissey – ‘Autobiography’
Richard Hell – ‘I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp’

Best Small Festival
Green Man
Festival Number 6
Kendall Calling
Y Not

Best Fan Community
Arctic Monkeys

Music Moment Of The Year
Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury
Kanye West brings Jesus on stage
Morrissey’s autobiography is released
Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust
Pussy Riot are freed
Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury

Worst Band
30 Seconds To Mars
The 1975
Imagine Dragons
One Direction
The Wanted

Hero Of The Year
Alex Turner
David Bowie
Este Haim
Lou Reed
Pussy Riot
Russell Brand

Villain Of The Year
David Cameron
Harry Styles
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
Russell Brand
Vladimir Putin

[via NME]

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  • Kippling

    Yah they are the worst boy band ever!!!!

  • Amelia

    Actually Imagine Dragons are better than One Direction. And yes even though I like The Wanted they’re not as good as Imagine Dragons. I personally think Imagine dragons should not be in that category. Sorry if you don’t agree.

  • Heeb

    How can you say insignia dragons and the 1975 are better than one direction?!?

    • Sharron De La Rua

      how could you say one direction is better then the 1975?!?!?!?????????

  • Marco

    seriously — i’m gay — and I can appreciate all the bands but One Direction and the Wanted. If those boy bands were fugly — none of the fags would think twice about them. I do like some pop music, but those boy bands are very interchangeable musically with a lot of other bands

  • Cindy

    I personally just lost a lot of respect for Idolator for considering Imagine Dragons and the following to be worse than One Direction and The Wanted.

  • Sharron De La Rua

    aaand the wanted got dropped from there label last yr so they should win.. too bad i liked them

  • 1DLurve

    Well this hurts. Do you realize how many lives 1D saved? No, you don’t!

  • rachelle

    wow.. this hurts..they do what the fans want them to do..and we fans appreciate it..they’re way better than justin b.!

  • Ashby Elizabeth Laws

    well this hurts… a lot… i dont know who 1975 or 30 seconds to mars are… but I love all of those other bands (with the exception of the wanted sorry guys) well you know what, even though i’m not a fan of the wanted, i wouldn’t tell them that they were the WORST band in the world! that is just so mean! I love 1d, muse, and imagine dragons! like… a lot! it makes me feel like i dont have good music taste, but i think i have GREAT music taste! all of these bands try. they try so much harder than you guys probably do! imagine if you guys spent your entire life trying to do something, and then you thought it was great, but then people tell you its the worst thing ever and shouldn’t even exist! you guys are just plain mean. shame on you!

  • Midge

    Wow how can One Direction be nominated as worst band even though they saved and continue to save lives of girl/boy directioners everywhere? I’m not hating on the other bands but still, I think Worst Band shouldn’t be a section in this so it won’t go against their fans