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Blondie to receive NME’s Godlike Genius Award

By | Published on Tuesday 4 February 2014


Blondie will be the recipient of the Godlike Genius Award at this year’s NME Awards. Which is nice. For them.

Upon hearing the news, Blondie said, in perfect unison: “We’ve always had a special relationship with the UK and this is great, it’s nice to be recognised and it’s an outstanding list. To be honoured so nicely, and to play music. What could be better?”

What indeed? And just in time to coincide with their 40th anniversary too, which is an amazing stroke of luck.

NME Editor Mike Williams added: “They re-wrote the rulebook in the late 70s by dragging punk rock to the top of the charts, and their classic songs still sounds as fresh as ever today. Everyone from Iggy Pop, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga and Julian Casablancas have looked to Debbie Harry for inspiration – she’s the most iconic frontwoman rock n roll has ever produced. It goes without saying that NME is hugely proud, not to mention extremely excited, to be honouring her and Blondie with our most coveted award in 2014”.

The NME Awards will take place at the Brixton Academy on 26 Feb. And that’s that.