Fans and musicians react to Johnny Marr being named NME Godlike Genius

Former Smiths guitarist will collect award at February 27 ceremony

Fans, friends and musicians have reacted with near-universal approval of NME’s decision to hand Johnny Marr the Godlike Genius title at this year’s NME Awards.

Reaction on Twitter has been overwhelmingly positive, with Marr proving to be a popular choice to receive recognition for his career and talent. Musicians such as The Charlatans’ Tim Burgess and Clint Boon of Inspiral Carpets led the response with many more fans following. Scroll down to see a selection of the feedback received.

The former guitarist in The Smiths, who has also played with bands such as Modest Mouse and The Cribs, joins the esteemed list of acts to be handed the award including Paul Weller, The Cure and Dave Grohl. Speaking about his accolade, Marr said: “It is a very nice thing to be getting this award and I am honoured. The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like so I’m in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world.”

NME editor Mike Williams says: “All hail Johnny Marr, NME Godlike Genius 2013 and the newest recruit into NME’s holy order of music legends. And what a legend he is! Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet. So it gives me great pleasure to announce Johnny as our Godlike Genius. Never has anyone been so utterly deserving of the title.”

The NME Godlike Genius Award is an accolade that is only handed out to the true greats of the music world. The culmination of the evening, it recognises the very best of the best. Previous winners include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl and 2012 recipient Noel Gallagher.
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For more from Johnny Marr, pick up a copy of this week’s NME digitally or on newsstands from tomorrow (February 13).