Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea: 'Damon Albarn is a beautiful musician'

Bass player pays tribute to inaugural NME Award For Innovation winner

Red Hot Chili Peppers' Flea:  'Damon Albarn is a beautiful musician'

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Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea has paid tribute to Damon Albarn, who will be honoured with the NME Award For Innovation at this year's NME Awards with Austin, Texas.

As revealed last night (February 10), the Blur frontman will pick up the prize in person at the Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, February 26 at the O2 Academy, Brixton. The award recognises the singer, songwriter, producer and composer as one of the UK’s most influential and consistently groundbreaking musicians. The NME Award For Innovation not only recognises Albarn's past, but equally celebrates him as one of the world's leading music heavyweights in 2014.

Speaking about Albarn, with whom he formed Rocket Juice and The Moon and released a 2012 album, Flea says: "Damon is a beautiful musician, the rare one, who has helped defined contemporary popular culture, is steeped in musical tradition, yet is tirelessly searching for something new. He is always willing to make himself vulnerable as an artist, without regard to commerce or convention. He is an inspiration to me and I am honored to have had the opportunity to make some music with him. He is a fucking awesome musician."

Pick up a copy of this week's NME, which will be on newsstands from Wednesday (February 12) and available digitally to read a full review of Albarn's career from Blur to Gorillaz to Africa Express and his work as a producer on Bobby Womack's 'Bravest Man In The Universe'.

Others paying tribute to Albarn in this week's NME include Bobby Womack, Richard Russell, Massive Attack, Jude Law and De La Soul.

Damon Albarn will release his debut solo album 'Everyday Robots' on April 28.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year's NME Awards with Austin, Texas with eight nods. Haim follow closely with six nominations whilst Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. Vote now here.

Ceremony tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas are on sale right now at NME.com/tickets.

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