Paul McCartney to collect Songwriter's Songwriter award at NME Awards 2014, with Austin, Texas

Former Beatles icon will accept special, one-off prize at ceremony later this month (February 26)

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Paul McCartney will attend the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas to collect a special, one-off prize: Songwriter’s Songwriter.

Nominated by fellow artists, the special award marks McCartney's outstanding contribution to pop music, celebrating his unparalleled career and lasting impact on the music world.

McCartney will collect his award in person at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 26.

NME editor Mike Williams says: "We've spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they've told us: Paul McCartney is the world's ultimate songwriter. Paul's enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I'm incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter's Songwriter award to recognise that."

McCartney is the third winner at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas to be revealed so far. Damon Albarn is to collect the brand new NME Award for Innovation while Blondie have been named this year's Godlike Genius. The band will pick up the award in person and perform at the the awards. Other artists performing on the night are to be announced shortly.

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with a eight in total. Haim follow closely with six nominations whilst Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. To cast your vote visit www.nme.com/awardsvote.

Ceremony tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas are on sale right now. Get yours here.

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