Ricky Gervais VT hails Suede’s Godlike Genius Award at NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas – watch

Bernard Sumner presented gong, saying 'I thought I was presenting an award to Slade'

Suede have collected the Godlike Genius Award at NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.

The band received the honour tonight at London’s O2 Academy Brixton, and 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 – watch the video above. “I did help this band out a little bit in the early years,” he comments. “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 said: “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.”

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Accepting his award, Suede’s Brett Anderson said: “Thank you so much. What an honor 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.”

Suede performed live after accepting the award, playing a short set which included ‘Killing Of A Flashboy’, ‘Metal Mickey’, ‘Filmstar’, ‘Animal Nitrate’, ‘Trash’ as well as a brand new song, called ‘What I’m Trying To Tell You’.


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. For more action from tonight’s ceremony, visit NME.COM/awards

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