Manic Street Preachers: ‘Winning Godlike award was so emotional’

Band explain how they nearly had an 'Oscar moment' at the Shockwaves NME Awards

Manic Street Preachers have explained that they were overcome with emotion when they went to collect their Godlike Genius award at the Shockwaves NME Awards last night (February 28) at the IndigO2 venue in London.

Speaking in an exclusive NME video, the band went on to say that they wanted Public Enemy to take the award home next year.

“When I went up to get the award I nearly had an Oscar moment,” said singer/guitarist James Dean Bradfield. “I felt quite emotional. Which is strange for a horrible fucking cynic like me. It means a lot to us.”

Bassist Nicky Wire called for the aforementioned rap outfit to be honoured next year. “Public Enemy – get Chuck D to get that [award] because I think he’s a true inspiration. Best rapper ever,” he said.

Watch NME.COM‘s exclusive video interview with Manic Street Preachers online now.

For all the awards coverage head to NME.COM/awards now. We have exclusive picture galleries, live webcams, minute-by-minute blogs straight from the ceremony and Big Gig and video interviews with the biggest names at the ceremony.

That’s just the beginning – the highlights of ceremony are being show tonight (February 29) on Channel 4 from 11.50pm (GMT).

Meanwhile, next week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands from March 5 – will contain the ultimate coverage, interviews and photos from the 2008 Shockwaves NME Awards.