So far, there have only been seven winners of the Outstanding Contribution To Music award. Wiley is one of them after joining the ranks at last year’s VO5 NME Awards. But who are the rest? Only some of the greatest talents the UK has ever seen (that’s right, they’re all British). Take a look at past winners and recall their sheer brilliance. Wonder who will join them in the future…
The VO5 NME Awards 2018 will take place at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14.
LONDON - FEBRUARY 25: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) XXX poses in front of the winners boards at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2009 held at Brixton Academy on February 25, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) Getty Images
Elbow were the first band to pick up the award in 2009, the year after their acclaimed fourth album 'The Seldom Seen Kid'.
What did they do next?: They've released three more albums, including the just-out 'Little Fictions'.
<> on February 24, 2010 in London, England. Getty Images
The Specials were recognised in 2010, over 30 years after forming.
What did they do next?: Toured a bit, released a live album and played with Blur and New Order at a special Hyde Park concert celebrating the end of the 2012 Olympics.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 23: PJ Harvey collects an award at the Shockwaves NME awards at Brixton Academy on February 23, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Annabel Staff/Redferns) Redferns
PJ Harvey was in the midst of 'Let England Shake''s campaign when she collected the trophy in 2011.
What did she do next?: She followed the record up last year with 'The Hope Six Demolition Project', on which she continued her political approach.
LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 29: at the NME Awards 2012 at Brixton Academy on February 29, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Getty Images) Getty Images
Jarvis Cocker had a busy night in 2012. Not only was he hosting the awards, he was also there to be honoured with Pulp and perform live.
What did they do next?: Released the previously unreleased track 'After You' and played a couple of shows, but otherwise not much.
The brothers Jarman celebrated a decade of being The Cribs by collecting the prize in 2013. What did they do next?: Put out a best of in 'Payola' further reflecting on their brilliant career to-date, and followed that with the poppy 'For All My Sisters' in 2015, and the noisier '24/7 Rock Star Shit' two years later.
poses in the winners room at the annual NME Awards at Brixton Academy on February 26, 2014 in London, England. Getty Images
Belle And Sebastian chose to use their speech to discuss the Scottish referendum to leave the UK.
What did they do next?: They released their ninth album 'Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance' in 2015.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 16: Wiley performs a headline show on stage at KOKO on September 16, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Joseph Okpako/WireImage) WireImage
Wiley has been confirmed to win the prize at the VO5 NME Awards 2017.
What did he do next?: We'll just have to wait and see won't we?