March 21, 2012
As part of the celebrations in its 60th year, NME today launches a poll to find the Ultimate Icon of the past 60 years.
NME is calling on music lovers to cast their votes online at NME.COM for the musical star who's shone brighter and more brilliantly than any other.
A shortlist of 60 amazing artists who've lit up the pages of the magazine over the past six decades is now live at www.NME.COM/ultimateicon for users to choose from - from Elvis and The Beatles through to Alex Turner and Dizzee Rascal.
The list forms a who's who of the history of NME, including 60s legends such as David Bowie and the Stones, 70s punks John Lydon and Joe Strummer, 80s indie icons Morrissey and Ian Curtis, Britpop kings of the 90s Damon, Liam, Noel and Jarvis, and faces of the ‘00s including Jack White and Beth Ditto.
NME editor Krissi Murison says: "This list is guaranteed to create fierce debate among music fans everywhere - God knows, it was hard enough for us trying to come up with the definitive 60 icons to kick things off, let alone choose who the ultimate winner will be! It's an incredible roll-call of artists, all of whom have played a vital role in the pages of NME over the past 60 years, with each one helping to remind us what a rich, varied and regularly messy history we've had."
The full shortlist:
Today's issue of NME features artists nominating their greatest star, including:
· Katy B on Michael Jackson because "his music appeals to everyone"
· Kasabian's Tom Meighan on The Beatles because "it just doesn't get any bigger than John Lennon"
· Marina Diamandis on Madonna because "she's fearless" and has "created some of the most iconic looks in pop history"
· Florence on Jarvis Cocker because "he still retains everything about him now that I loved when I first started listening to Pulp"
· The Who's Roger Daltrey on Elvis because "he made us look at a whole new side of music we didn't even know existed until he hit it"
Have your say at www.NME.COM/ultimateicon.
The winner will be announced later this year, rounding off NME's year of birthday celebrations. Other editorial franchises planned for the year include:
· Behind NME Lines - a new weekly feature in which legendary NME writers and photographers past and present divulge their favourite incident or most unforgettable moment while working at NME.
· The Greatest Tracks of NME's Lifetime - a chronological look at the best tracks from each decade of NME's lifetime, selected by NME experts and musicians.
Krissi adds: "2012 will see NME celebrating our 60th birthday in a variety of different ways with numerous special events planned both within our pages and outside of them, so stay tuned!"
Join the conversation #NMEultimateicon
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NME editor, Krissi Murison
In September 2009 Krissi Murison became the 11th editor in the 60-year history of NME, the UK's most iconic music magazine. Today NME is a global multi-media brand and Krissi oversees the team's work across print, digital, broadcast and numerous annual live events including the world-famous NME Awards ceremony and tour. Krissi's career at NME began in 2003 shortly after she left Bristol University. Over the following years she worked as the magazine's New Bands Editor, Features Editor and finally Deputy Editor. Before returning to the UK to take up the editorship of NME she had spent six months living in New York and working as Music Director at US women's lifestyle magazine NYLON. Krissi is also a regular contributor to numerous radio and TV music shows and has written for The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Times amongst others. Since returning as Editor of NME, Krissi has presided over an award-winning magazine redesign, survived an interview with Simon Cowell and in 2010 was named BSME's ‘New Editor of The Year'.