Suede to be given NME’s Godlike Genius Award at NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas

The Britpop heroes will pick up the accolade at the ceremony on February 18 in London

Suede will receive the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas.

One of Britpop’s most iconic groups, the band will pick up the award in person and also perform live at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas on February 18 at O2 Academy, Brixton, London.

Speaking in this week’s NME, which will be available from Wednesday (February 11) on newsstands and is also available digitally, the band’s frontman Brett Anderson says: “It’s wonderful to be recognised, and it’s great for us having been through lots of ups and downs in our career. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride of extreme highs and lows, so to be honoured in this way 25 years after we got together is lovely, really.”


NME editor Mike Williams adds: “Suede fundamentally altered the course of alternative music in the 90s, tying disparate strands of influence into one definitive British sound. They found romance in squalor and beauty in self-destructive hedonism. They were the outsider gang everyone wanted to join and I’m delighted to announce them as the recipients of this year’s NME Godlike Genius Award.”

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Previous winners of NME’s 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.

In addition to the announcement that Suede will receive this year’s Godlike Genius Award it is also confirmed that Charli XCX will perform live on the night and that Radio 1 DJ Huw Stephens will return to host the show for the second year in a row. Stephens made his debut in 2014.

Charli XCX joins a list of performers at the NME Awards with Austin, Texas that already includes Run The Jewels, The Vaccines and Royal Blood.

The NME Awards with Austin, Texas take place at the O2 Academy Brixton, London, on February 18, with tickets available now.


Last year’s big winners included Arctic Monkeys, Paul McCartney and Damon Albarn.

The line-up for the NME Awards Tour 2015 with Austin, Texas has already been confirmed. In February Palma Violets, Fat White Family, The Amazing Snakeheads and Slaves will tour the UK. It kicks off on February 19 and tickets are available now.

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