Next, the easiest category to compile enough nominations but conversely the toughest from which to choose a winner. They are all fine bands, but in 2009 rather too many of them were still living off past glories and drawing on the goodwill they'd banked with me via earlier albums.
BEST INTERNATIONAL GROUP: ROYKSOPP
In late 2001, a wonderful album called Melody AM emerged, almost unnoticed, into the world. Over the next year or so, singles such as Eple, So Easy, Sparks and Remind Me established them as one of my favourite acts of the Noughties. Follow-up album The Understanding effectively tanked at retail, but it still housed a plethora of gorgeous tracks. 2009 gave us Junior, which in true difficult-third-album-syndrome fashion, shared characteristics with both their first and second long-players.
Kings Of Leon
Yeah Yeah Yeahs