Troubled Doherty aims for NMEs

Troubled singer Pete Doherty was hoping to temporarily leave his rehab clinic today to join Britain’s biggest bands at the NME Awards.

Troubled singer Pete Doherty was hoping to temporarily leave his rehab clinic today to join Britain’s biggest bands at the NME Awards.

The Babyshambles frontman has been undergoing treatment for his addiction to drugs since his release from prison.

Both his new band and his former outfit The Libertines are up for the Best Live Band title at today’s awards.

Doherty’s spokesman Tony Linkin said: “Pete really wants to go to the awards and we’re hoping that he will be attending.

“If he does, he will have to go straight back to rehab.”

The 25-year-old spent four nights behind bars at London’s Pentonville Prison charged with robbery and blackmail.

He has been attending rehab as a condition of his bail, which also includes a 10pm to 7am curfew.

Libertines frontman and co-founder Carl Barat also wants to go to the ceremony but has to get the all-clear from doctors following surgery to remove a benign tumour from behind his ear.

If the pair both turn up, it will be the first meeting of the ex-bandmates since Barat kicked Doherty out of the group last summer.

The saga could overshadow what should be another great night for Scottish rockers Franz Ferdinand – who lead the awards with five nominations for Best British Band, Best Live Band, Best Album, Best Track (Take Me Out) and Best Video.

The Libertines and Mike Skinner’s The Streets have four nominations, while The Scissor Sisters and Razorlight have three each.

Doherty must return to Snaresbrook Crown Court on Monday over allegations relating to a dispute with documentary maker Max Carlish at the Rookery Hotel in Islington, north London.

The awards take place at London’s Hammersmith Palais and are voted for by the magazine’s readers.

The main NME Nominations:

:: Best British Band


Franz Ferdinand

The Libertines


Snow Patrol

:: Best International Band

Kings Of Leon

The Killers

Scissor Sisters

The Strokes


:: Best Solo Artist

Ian Brown

Graham Coxon



The Streets

:: Best New Band


Bloc Party


The Killers


:: Best Live Band


Franz Ferdinand

The Libertines



:: Best Album

Franz Ferdinand – Franz Ferdinand

Green Day – American Idiot

The Libertines – The Libertines

Scissor Sisters – Scissor Sisters

The Streets – A Grand Don’t Come For Free

:: Best Track

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

The Libertines – Can’t Stand Me Now

Razorlight – Golden Touch

The Streets – Dry Your Eyes

U2 – Vertigo

:: Best Video

Beastie Boys – Triple Trouble

Eminem – Mosh

Green Day – American Idiot

Franz Ferdinand – Take Me Out

The Streets – Fit But You Know It

:: Best Radio Show

Steve Lamacq

Zane Lowe

Chris Moyles

Colin Murray And Edith Bowman

Christian O’Connell

:: Best Music DVD

Nirvana – With The Lights Out

Oasis – Definitely Maybe

Pixies – Pixies

Scissor Sisters – We Are Scissor Sisters And So Are You

The White Stripes – Live Under Blackpool Lights

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