Suede collected the Godlike Genius Award at the ceremony last week (February 18)
Suede played new song ‘What I’m Trying To Tell You’ during their performance at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas.
The track was part of a six-song set which included classics such as ‘Animal Nitrate’, ‘Filmstar’ and ‘Trash’.
Earlier in the evening, Suede collected the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas. The band were presented with the award by New Order frontman Bernard Sumner.
A special video, featuring the band’s former manager, comedian Ricky Gervais, was also shown. “I did help this band out a little bit in the early years,” Gervais said. “When I told them I couldn’t manage them anymore, there were no tears, they didn’t beg – and that’s when their career really took off.”
Awarding the gong to Suede, Bernard Sumner joked: “I’ve just had a text from Kanye West and he said you should have won Best Book and I’m really fucking annoyed.” He then added: “I thought I was presenting an award to Slade and then I heard it was Suede.”
Accepting his award, Suede’s Brett Anderson said: “Thank you so much. What an honour it is to meet Mr Sumner. I spent much of my teenage years listening to ‘Unknown Pleasures’. 21 years ago we received best band award at the NME Awards so it’s genuinely touching to get this. It’s been a long strange heartbreaking journey but well worth it.”
Previous winners of the Godlike Genius Award include Blondie, The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr.