Manic Street Preachers have been presented with the Godlike Genius award at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
The band received the prize from NME editor Conor McNicholas, and – at the band’s request – Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Bassist Nicky Wire said: “I’m so fucking old I’ve even written a speech just for once. I’d like to thank some people, Terri, Elizabeth, the late Philip Hall, Heavenly Records, everyone at Sony.
Wire then rounded off his speech by borrowing a quote from country legend Dolly Parton to sum up their rollercoaster career.
He said: “As Dolly Parton said, if you want to have a rainbow, you’ve got to put up with a lot of rain.”
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