On Monday, U.K. magazine New Musical Express (NME) announced the nominations for this year’s NME Awards ceremony, and Guns N’ Roses made the final cut.
Not for “Best International Band.” Not for “Best Live Band.”
GNR leader Axl Rose has been named a finalist in the “Villain Of The Year” category.
Fairly obvious, given GNR’s string of troubled UK appearances at the Reading and Leeds music festivals last August.
At Reading, the band had the plug pulled on them after they went on more than an hour late for their set. Rose retaliated by publicly stating that GNR would not play Leeds as a result; he and guitarist DJ Ashba both tried to blame the promoter, while refusing to accept responsibility for their own actions.
At Leeds, Rose failed to carry out his threat, managing to get the band on only half an hour late, while continuing to blame the promoter for trouble.
For the NME Villain prize, Axl goes up against UK Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy PM Nick Clegg, Justin Bieber (?!) and Simon Cowell.
Most of the NME Awards are based on fan votes - voting is open now at NME.COM/awards.
The winners will be announced at the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 23.
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