Who should be NME’s Godlike Genius in 2015 following Blondie’s win this year? Well, you’ve been voting in your thousands over the last week and the results are finally here. From 20 – 1, here’s the countdown, starting with Liam Gallagher. His brother Noel won the award in 2012.
In at number 19 is Prince, who’s recently been wowing audiences in the UK with his secret gigs. Unfortunately Emily Eavis announced this week that he won’t be playing Glastonbury this year.
NME readers voted Kanye West’s in at 18th place following the succes of ‘Yeezus’. Can you believe it’s been 10 years since ‘The College Dropout’? It’s hard to imagine a world without Yeezy.
Nile Gregory Rodgers has been writing massive bangers since 1976. He’ll close a ‘desert island disco’ themed Bestival alongside Chic later this year. He’s also expressed a desire to work with Madonna again. Judging by his recent success, anything’s possible. He’s in at number 17.
It’s been almost 40 years since Patti Smith’s ground-breaking debut album ‘Horses’. The poet, artist, eco-warrior, singer, writer and all-round inspiration’s a Godlike Genius according to NME readers.
Lyrical craftsman Dylan enters at 15th place. ‘Bob Dylan – The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration’, a high definition DVD/CD recording of his famed concert at Madison Square Garden, was released this week.
The goddess Björk is in at number 14. She released her 8th album, the spectacular ‘Biophilia’, in 2011 so hopefully there’ll be another album around the corner..
David Byrne’s contribution to music is pretty unique. From the reign of Talking Heads to solo albums and collaborations, most recently with St Vincent, Byrne constantly reinvents. His recent book ‘How Music Works’ is worth a look too.
The majestic PJ Harvey swoops into 12th place. Earlier this year the MBE honoured musician caused a stir with her guest-edited edition of Radio 4’s Today programme.
Earlier this year an interactive map was created detailing each place Tom Waits has written about, from the white cliffs of Dover to the Ganges. But right now you’ll find growling Waits in 9th place.
Iggy Pop’s riding high in the top 10. Still bristling with the energy of a 4 year-old, the Stooges legend has lived through protopunk, jazz, hard rock, the Bowie years in Berlin and 16 solo albums!
Kate Bush, goddess extraordinaire is in at number 8. An artist who has consistently produced amazing records from 1978’s ‘The Kick Inside’ to the most recent ’50 Words For Snow’ in 2011, Bush absolutely deserves all the accolades she can get.
NME readers voted Paul McCartney into the seventh spot. When collecting his Songwriter’s Songwriter accolade at the NME Awards 2014 the former Beatles member admitted to playing pranks on the magazine back in the day.
Neil Young knocks in sixth place. This year’s Record Store Day will mark the reissue of Young’s live album ‘Time Fades Away’. The vinyl hasn’t been printed since its release in the 70s.
So we’re into the Top 5 Godlike Geniuses and you’re keen on Josh Homme picking up the award. The front man for Queens Of The Stone Age recently confirmed that he has begun work with Jesse Hughes for his side project ‘Eagles of Death Metal’.
Siouxsie Sioux broke out of her five-year hiatus last summer when she played at Yoko Ono’s Meltdown festival. She’s fourth favourite to be the next NME Godlike Genius. Since the mid-70s she’s been an extraordinarily influential rock singer from her work with The Banshees and The Creatures to solo projects.
Into the top 3 with Thom Yorke. Last month Radiohead revealed their latest project, an interactive app called ‘Polyfauna’ in which users explore eerie visuals matched with the music from their 2011 album ‘Kings Of Limbs’.
There’s no doubt David Bowie is a genius and you voted with your, erm, thumbs in your droves. The Dame’s in second place in NME’s Godlike Genius voting poll.
And the winner is… Morrissey! The former Smiths frontman and successful solo artist received the highest amount of NME reader votes. Morrissey released his autobiography in October and is set to release a new album this year. Tom Jones and Cliff Richard will support him on tour in the US.