Russell Brand against Vladimir Putin for Villain Of The Year award
15 Jan 2014
Russell Brand against Vladimir Putin for Villain Of The Year award
Russell Brand has been nominated for NME’s Villain Of The Year and Hero Of The Year award where he’ll be up against Vladimir Putin and Pussy Riot respectively.

NME have announced the list of nominees for this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas and Russell Brand has split views by landing himself on both the Villain Of The Year and Hero Of The Year nominee list.

The comedian will be up against the Russian punk, protest group Pussy Riot for the award of Hero Of The Year. Members of Pussy Riot, who stage protest performances about feminism, LGBT rights and Russia’s politics, were imprisoned in Russia in 2013 after they staged a performance on Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Meanwhile, over on the Villain Of The Year side, Russell will be up against Russian president Vladimir Putin, who has spoken out against the band.

Also making it as villain nominees are Miley Cyrus, One Direction’s Harry Styles, Blurred Lines star Robin Thicke and Prime Minister David Cameron.

Whereas the Hero Of The Year award is split between Arctic Monkeys font man Alex Turner, David Bowie, Lou Reed and Este Haim as well as Russell and Pussy Riot.

Russell Brand, who has been vocal about his view that society needs to change, will start his latest comedy tour, Messiah Complex, in February. The Messiah Complex explores the idea of how important heroes are in our current age.

The NME Awards take place on 26 February and winners are determined by a public vote that is open until 21 February.