Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations
Kasabian, Florence Lead Mercury Prize Nominations

Muse and Kasabian tied for top spot at the NME music awards with two prizes apiece.

There were also standout performances from godlike genius recipient Paul Weller, who played classic Jam songs at the O2 Academy Brixton, as well as the Specials, Kasabian and the Big Pink featuring Lily Allen.

Blur and Arctic Monkeys also scored wins at the music magazine's annual awards Feb. 24, where male bands dominated.

Paramore was the surprise winner of the international band category, beating the likes of Green Day, Kings of Leon and Vampire Weekend.

NME editor Krissi Murison said 3.6 million votes were cast to decide the outcome of the awards.

Muse won awards for best British band and best Web site, while Kasabian scooped the best album and best album artwork categories for "West Rider Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony).

Britpop veterans Blur won best live event for their gig at Hyde Park, and Arctic Monkeys were named best live band after a sell-out tour in 2009.

The Big Pink won best track for "Dominos" and best new band went to London indie rockers Bombay Bicycle Club.

Following are the winners of the main categories:

Best British Band
Muse

Best International Band

Paramore

Best Solo Artist
Jamie T

Best New Band
Bombay Bicycle Club

Best Live Band
Arctic Monkeys

Best Album

Kasabian "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony)

Best Track
The Big Pink "Dominos" (4AD)

Best Video
Biffy Clyro "The Captain" (14th Floor)

Best Live Event
Blur at Hyde Park

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