U.K. rock bands Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian head the list of nominees for the Shockwaves NME Awards, due to be held Feb. 24 at London venue the O2 Academy Brixton.

Both acts picked up six nominations apiece for the weekly U.K. music magazine's annual awards bash, including nods in the prestigious best British band, best live band and best album categories.

Also vying for the best British band category is Muse -- which received a total of four nominations -- Scottish alt-rock act Biffy Clyro and Oasis, who received three nods despite splitting up last year.

Joining Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian in the best album category are: Muse for "The Resistance" (Helium 3/Warner Music), The Cribs for "Ignore The Ignorant" (Wichita) and The Horrors for "Primary Colours" (XL Recordings). Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian were nominated for "Humbug" (Domino) and "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum' (Columbia/Sony Music), respectively.

The best international band category, meanwhile, sees Green Day, Kings of Leon, Paramore, Vampire Weekend and Yeah Yeah Yeahs compete for honors. Contenders for best new band the Big Pink, Bombay Bicycle Club, Mumford & Sons, The XX and La Roux.

Lady Gaga received nods as best dance floor filler -- for "Poker Face" (Interscope/Universal) -- and in the best solo artist category. Her competition in the later category includes U.K. rapper Dizzee Rascal, The Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas and current U.K. album chart-topper Florence And The Machine.

This year's ceremony also sees the introduction of a new category, the Giving it Back award, which recognizes artists that have gone to extra lengths to reward their fans. Nominees for the inaugural award include Lily Allen for utilizing Twitter to organize a ticket treasure hunt and Arctic Monkeys for its 'golden ticket' giveaway, where the Sheffield band hid passes to its headline appearance at the 2009 Reading and Leeds Festival vinyl versions of its single "Crying Lightning".

The shortlist was announced yesterday (Jan. 25) at London's Tabernacle venue with nominations polled from what NME editor Krissi Murison said was a record 1.3 million public votes, submitted through the NME web site. The Maccabees played live at the event; the act is nominated in the best video category for its single "Can You Give It" (Fiction/Polydor).