NME readers stand by Oasis

OASIS showed they are gone but not forgotten yesterday after landing three nominations at the NME Awards, including best British band – despite splitting five months ago.

Arctic Monkeys, whose third album Humbug topped the charts last year, have the highest hopes for next month's event after being nominated for six awards.

Kasabian are their biggest challengers with five nominations, while Muse clock up four.

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Kasabian and Arctic Monkeys go head-to-head in five categories including Best British Band, with the other nominations going to Muse and Biffy Clyro.

The winners will be announced on 24 February at the O2 Academy Brixton, in south London.