Pair are up against each other in Shockwaves NME Awards

Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has branded his Shockwaves NME Awards rival Jay-Z as “nonsense” and a “parody”.

The pair are both nominated in the Best Book category this year, Lydon for Mr Rotten’s Scrapbook and Jay-Z for Decoded.

Asked by NME if he was a fan of the rapper, Lydon replied: “Come on! I’m afraid what he does is parody to me. Jay-Z‘s just nonsense.”

He added: “I’ve never met him, but twice I’ve had to play a stage opposite when he was on. One was in Coachella and one was in Poland, and both times I pulled an enormous crowd away from him. He certainly must have noticed.”

The Rolling StonesKeith Richards‘ book Life is also nominated in the category. “I’ve heard it’s just full of kiss and tell stories about guns and drugs and women,” Lydon said of the guitarist’s work.

Get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands and available digitally now, to read the full interview with Lydon.

Head to NME.COM/awards to vote in the Shockwaves NME Awards.