Sir Paul McCartney to be named Songwriter's Songwriter at NME Awards

17 February 2014, 18:31 | Updated: 6 March 2014, 17:08

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Paul McCartney is to be honoured with a special one-off award, the 'Songwriter's Songwriter', at this year's NME awards.

"We've spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they've told us: Paul McCartney is the world's ultimate songwriter," NME editor Mike Williams said. "Paul's enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I'm incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter's Songwriter award to recognise that."

Meanwhile, Belle & Sebastian have been announced as the recipients of the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, and will perform at the event.

"We've just kept our head down," Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch said. "We're the Status Quo of indie, we're still here - maybe that's the thing. We're a baroque pop band that came up in the mid-90s, during Britpop, and we're still here!"

This year's NME Awards take place at O2 Academy Brixton next Wednesday, 26 February.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with an outstanding eight.  Haim follow closely with six nominations whilst Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three.  

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Tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas are on sale now. 

The NME Awards 2014 with Austin Texas Nominees are:

Best British Band:
Arctic Monkeys
Palma Violets
Biffy Clyro
Two Door Cinema Club

Best International Band supported by Austin, Texas:
Arcade Fire
Queens Of The Stone Age
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Vampire Weekend

Best Solo Artist:
Lily Allen
Jake Bugg
Paul McCartney
Kanye West
David Bowie

Best New Band supported by Mossimo:
Swim Deep
Jagwar Ma
Wolf Alice
Courtney Barnett

Best Live Band:
Arctic Monkeys
Palma Violets
Biffy Clyro
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Album:
Arctic Monkeys - AM
QOTSA - ...Like Clockwork
Peace - In Love
Kanye West - Yeezus
Savages - Silence Yourself
Drenge - Drenge

Best Track supported by Blackstar Amplification:
Arctic Monkeys - Do I Wanna Know?
Lily Allen - Hard Out Here
Disclosure - White Noise
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Primal Scream - 2013
Daft Punk - Get Lucky

Best Music Video:
Arctic Monkeys - Why'd You Only Call Me When You're High?
Pharell - Happy
Arcade Fire - Reflektor
Lily Allen, 'Hard Out Here
Eagulls - Nerve Endings
Haim - Falling

Best Festival:
Reading & Leeds
T In The Park

Best TV Show:
Breaking Bad
Fresh Meat
Game Of Thrones
Doctor Who

Best Music Film:
Muscle Shoals
Made Of Stone
Sound City
The National: Mistaken For Strangers
Good Vibrations

Best Reissue:
Nirvana - In Utero: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash - Sound System
The Beta Band - The Regal Years: 1997-2004
The Breeders - LSXX (Last Splash 20th Anniversary Edition)
Bob Dylan - Bootleg Series, Vol. 10: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971)
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition

Best Band Blog Or Twitter:
Jehnny Beth, Savages
Albert Hammond Jr
Alana Haim, Haim
James Blunt
Theo Hutchcraft, Hurts

Best Book:
Morrissey - Autobiography
Alan McGee - Creation Stories
Bob Stanley - Yeah Yeah Yeah
Mark Lewisohn - The Beatles: All These Years: Volume One: Tune In
Beck - Song Reader
Richard Hell - I Dreamed I Was A Very Clean Tramp

Best Small Festival:
Y Not
Kendall Calling
Green Man
Festival Number 6

Best Fan Community:
Arctic Monkeys

Music Moment Of The Year:
Pussy Riot are freed
Arctic Monkeys headline Glastonbury
Noel and Damon come together for Teenage Cancer Trust
Rolling Stones headline Glastonbury
Morrissey's autobiography is released
Kanye West brings Jesus on stage

Worst Band:
One Direction
The Wanted
The 1975
Imagine Dragons
30 Seconds To Mars

Hero Of The Year:
Alex Turner
David Bowie
Este Haim
Russell Brand
Pussy Riot
Lou Reed

Villain Of The Year:
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
Harry Styles
David Cameron
Vladimir Putin
Russell Brand