October 28, 2008 0:00

The Cure declared Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Godlike Geniuses

Band to be honoured and play live at February's ceremony

The Cure declared Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 Godlike Geniuses
The Cure are set to be crowned Godlike Geniuses at the Shockwaves NME Awards in February.

Robert Smith and co will receive the award and play live at the awards ceremony, which is set to take place at London Brixton Academy on February 25.

Past winners of the Godlike Genius award include John Peel, Primal Scream, New Order, Manic Street Preachers and The Clash.

"The [Godlike] Genius award is given to the band, and as a band we are honoured," Smith told NME.COM.

Thinking ahead to next year's ceremony, Smith promised a special set that will showcase all of The Cure's history.

"I think it is a recognition of all The Cure has done over the years, so it would be pretty dumb to accept the award with a, 'Hey! Have you heard our new stuff?'. So we won't be doing that!" he said.

"It's all a question of balance. We are not going to turn up and start being weird! We'll play some new stuff, some old stuff and some stuff from in between, trying to distil 30 years into 30 minutes!"

NME editor Conor McNicholas said: "For 30 years The Cure have been both uncompromising and hugely successful. They are the beating heart of indie music having penned some of the darkest albums and most sparkling British pop of their era.

"To still be a massive draw 30 years after you formed is a preserve of a select few bands. For all these reasons The Cure need to be recognised.

"Their music brings a glow to my heart, I want to the new generation of music fans to have an opportunity to feel it too. They're going to make our awards at Brixton Academy on February 25 a very special night indeed."

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