Beyonce is the Queen of Britannia. She leads nominations for the British NME Awards.   (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Beyonce is the Queen of Britannia. She leads nominations for the British NME Awards. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Beyoncé proved she’s still a music superpower after scoring five nominations for VO5 NME Awards, the most of any artist on either side of the Atlantic. And in a special kick, Donald Trump is up again for “Villain of the Year.”

The annual awards were launched by music magazine, NME more than 60 years ago and have become a staple of the British recording industry.

Although hosted in Britain, the awards are international in scope. Beside music, awards are given for politics and culture. NME magazine fans can pick the winners at NME Web site.

Fans can vote for the awards by visiting

Beyoncé snared nominations for Best Album, Lemonade, Best International Female, Best Music Video for “Formation,” and two taps for crazy awards, Hero of the Year and Moment of the Year.

The latter is for her surprise release last April of Lemonade, her sixth studio album.

Netting four nominations each were French singer Christine and the Queens, The 1975, Bastille and Skepta, the Mercury Music Prize-winning grime artist.


Kanye West has also been nominated for Best Album for his set Life of Pablo.

The late David Bowie, who died last year, is an odds-on favorite to win “Hero of the Year.” Other nominees include Adele, Millie Bobby Brown, Gary Lineker and Liam Gallagher.

There were no shortage of candidates for the politics and culture awards.

President-elect Trump joined former U.K. prime minister David Cameron and Brexit campaigner Nigel Farage are all up for Villain of the Year prize.

Trump won the award last year and is looking for a repeat.

The awards will be handed out Feb. 15 at the O2 Academy Brixton in London. Here’s are the leading nominations:

The 2017 NME Music, Politics & Culture Award Nominees

Best Album
Kanye West, The Life of Pablo
Skepta, Konnichiwa
The 1975, I Like It When You Sleep
Radiohead, A Moon Shaped Pool
Beyoncé, Lemonade
Bastille, Wild World

Hero of the Year
David Bowie
Millie Bobby Brown
Gary Lineker
Liam Gallagher

Villain of the Year
Donald Trump
David Cameron
Boris Johnson
Nigel Farage
Martin Shkreli
Katie Hopkins

Best International Band
Tame Impala
Kings of Leon
Green Day
A Tribe Called Quest
Tegan & Sara

Best International Male
Kanye West

The Weeknd
Frank Ocean
Kendrick Lamar
Chance the Rapper

Best International Female
Lady Gaga
Christine and the Queens
Tove Lo

Best British Band
Wolf Alice The 1975
Years & Years
Biffy Clyro
The Last Shadow Puppets

Best British Male
Zayn Malik
Jamie T
Michael Kiwanuka
Richard Ashcroft

Best British Female
Dua Lipa
Charli XCX
Kate Tempest
PJ Harvey

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