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  • 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 nme.com/awards.

    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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