Dave Grohl to be crowned Godlike Genius at Shockwaves NME Awards 2011

Foo Fighters man to pick up gong next month in London

Dave Grohl is to be crowned Godlike Genius at next month’s Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony in London.

The former Nirvana drummer and current Foo Fighters frontman will pick up the honour at the the O2 Academy Brixton in London on February 23. Foo Fighters will also play a set on the evening.

Watch a video interview with him on the right of your screen now.

Grohl follows in the footsteps of musical legends including New Order, Manic Street Preachers, The Cure, The Clash, Primal Scream and Paul Weller in being named NME‘s Godlike Genius.

Giving his reaction to the award that recognises his stellar career in music so far, Grohl told NME: “I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.”

The Shockwaves NME Awards take place on February 23, after the Shockwaves NME Awards Tour, featuring Crystal Castles, Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines, takes place across the country.

Head to NME.COM/awards for the latest awards news and to cast your votes.

Get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands from Wednesday (January 12), for the full interview with Grohl and a timeline of his musical career so far.

Photo gallery – Dave Grohl’s career in pictures

Photo gallery – past NME Godlike Genius award winners