Dave Grohl: Godlike Genius 2011

As the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 inch ever closer you’d be right to feel rather excited.

The Awards Tour kicks off in Glasgow on February 3rd before rampaging its way around the rest of the UK throughout the month: grab tickets to see the unique line-up of Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines here.

And of course the Awards Shows take over London in February too: commencing with Metronomy on February 1st and ending with Caribou and Les Savy Fav on February 22nd.
In between, Sleigh Bells, Gang Of Four, Warpaint, White Lies, Mystery Jets and Miles Kane (plus lots of others) will take to the stage to herald NME’s annual celebration of the best music of the past year.


But the climax will be at the Awards themselves when, amongst plenty of other gongs being handed out, Dave Grohl will be crowned Godlike Genius 2011.

Dave Grohl - NME Godlike Genius
Dave Grohl – now officially The Nicest Man In Rock, and a Godlike Genius

Grohl will pick up the NME Godlike Genius Award in person – and perform with Foo Fighters – at the exclusive Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday February 23rd.

From Nirvana to Foo Fighters; from heavy metal side-project Probot to drumming duties for Queens of the Stone Age and super group Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl has never been far from NME’s headlines, establishing himself as a bona fide rock n roll genius.  

Grohl’s reaction? “I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s really flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something that you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work, I just consider it this incredible luxury that I get to play music and travel the world and feed my kids.

It’s pretty great. Awards and lists can get sort of silly sometimes but I’m very appreciative of this. It’s really cool!”

Dave Grohl on being Godlike Genius 2011


NME editor Krissi Murison said: “An NME Godlike Genius is a very rare thing. To qualify, an artist must not only be a musical visionary, have an unparalleled legacy and a decade-spanning career, but also still be meaningful to young bands and music fans today.

Whether it’s headlining the world’s greatest festivals, staging his own mega-gigs, releasing a series of hugely successful albums, collaborating with everyone from The Prodigy to Paul McCartney or still surprising fans with projects like Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl is at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music.

“But the Godlike Genius Award is no victory lap. It marks recognition of a stellar career thus far, and signals there’s a lot more to come.

With a new Foo Fighters album, festival appearances and giant gigs around the globe booked this year, the NME is recognising an artist who is still in his ascendancy and one we confidently predict will dominate music for a long time yet.”

Previous winners include Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, Primal Scream, Ian Brown, New Order & Joy Division and The Clash.

But what do you make of Grohl winning this year? Post your tributes to The Nicest Guy In Rock below…

Photo gallery: Dave Grohl – The making of a Godlike Genius

Photo gallery: A History Of Godlike Genius Winners