Adele, Jessie J and Arctic Monkeys head the nominations for the Q Awards, with three each.
Coldplay, Ed Sheeran and Mercury Prize-winner PJ Harvey are also among the names who are in the running for two prizes as the shortlists were announced.
Adele - who has sold three million copies of her '21' album - is up for best female artist, against Laura Marling, Beyonce, Jessie J and PJ Harvey. She has two nominations in the best track category for her singles 'Rolling In The Deep' and 'Someone Like You'.
Competing for the magazine's prized "best act in the world today" award are Muse, Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Arcade Fire and U2.
Winners will be named on Monday October 24, at a ceremony at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.
In addition, a one-off award will go to the best act of the past 25 years, the shortlist for which was announced a month ago.
Voting is at www.qthemusic.com.
Q editor-in-chief Paul Rees said the awards would celebrate readers' "ongoing passion for new and influential music".
Foster The People
Cee Lo Green
Adele - 'Rolling In The Deep'
Aloe Blacc - 'I Need A Dollar'
Arctic Monkeys - 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair'
Adele - 'Someone Like You'
Foster The People - 'Pumped Up Kicks'
Bon Iver - 'Bon Iver
Arctic Monkeys - 'Suck It and See'
Elbow - 'Build A Rocket Boys!'
The Horrors - 'Skying'
PJ Harvey - 'Let England Shake'
Chase And Status
Jessie J - 'Do It Like A Dude'
Lady Gaga - 'Judas'
Foo Fighters - 'Walk'
Ed Sheeran - 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You'
Katy Perry - 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)'
Hurts - 'Wonderful Life'