NME’s Godlike Genius Award at NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas revealed

Blondie will pick up the accolade at the February 26 ceremony in London

Blondie will receive the Godlike Genius Award at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas.

One of the most iconic groups of the past four decades, the band will pick up the award in person and also perform live at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas on Wednesday February 26 at O2 Academy, Brixton, London.

Speaking in next week’s NME, which will be available from Wednesday (February 5) on newsstands and is also available digitally, the band’s frontwoman Debbie Harry says: “It’s great you know. It’s out of proportion, but it’s nice to be recognised. It’s outstanding, really.” Speaking about other recipients of the award, she adds: “It’s an outstanding list. I also find it particularly interesting that there aren’t many Americans who’ve been given this award before, so that’s flattering.”

NME editor Mike Williams says: “As they celebrate their 40th anniversary, there could be no other band more worthy of being honoured as NME’s Godlike Genius 2014 than Blondie. They re-wrote the rulebook in the late 70s by dragging punk rock to the top of the charts, and their classic songs still sounds as fresh as ever today. Everyone from Iggy Pop, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga and Julian Casablancas have looked to Debbie Harry for inspiration – she’s the most iconic frontwoman rock’n’roll has ever produced. It goes without saying that NME is hugely proud, not to mention extremely excited, to be honouring her and Blondie with our most coveted award in 2014.”

Previous winners os NME’s Godlike Genius Award include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher and, in 2013, Johnny Marr.

Music fans have cast hundreds of thousands of votes across 20 categories for this year’s awards. Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations this year with an outstanding eight. 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.

Public tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will go on sale on Wednesday (February 5) at 9am. To check the availability of Public tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.