City bands set to dominate music awards

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SHEFFIELD bands are hoping for a clean sweep at one of music’s top award ceremonies later this month.

Indie legends Pulp, currently preparing for another year of comeback gigs, are set to pick up the outstanding contribution to music award at the NME Awards.

And likely to join them as prize winners are the Arctic Monkeys - who have been nominated in seven categories at the awards, hosted by the NME magazine at London’s Brixton Academy on February 29.

The High Green group are in the running for prizes such as best British band and best album - while frontman Alex Turner is up for the hero of the year award.

Even the Arctic Monkeys’ fans have been nominated for a new ‘most dedicated’ prize.

Meanwhile Pulp are set to play a set of hits at the ceremony after accepting their award, which is supported by the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The NME’s editor Krissi Murison said: “Pulp are one of the wittiest, cleverest and most brilliant bands that the UK has ever produced.”

n Visit www.thestar.co.uk to see a video about the award.