The Cure have picked up the 2009 Godlike Genius award at the Shockwaves NME Awards in London tonight (February 25).
Robert Smith‘s band received the award from Hollywood director Tim Burton and NME Editor Conor McNicholas at the ceremony, taking place at the O2 Academy Brixton.
Explaining the decision to honour The Cure, McNicholas told the crowd: “They’ve remained a vital force in modern music for 30 years. At their heart is a frontman who takes his place as one of the most iconic rock stars of all time.”
Burton then added his tribute.
“I just wanna say when I was chained to a desk, and I was fucking depressed this music was the only thing that saved me,” he said “I just want to thank you for inspiring me.”
Accepting the award Robert Smith thanked the crowd declaring: “Thank you so much, This is very different to singing! Thanks to the NME. I’m flattered. Thanks to Tim Burton, him presenting makes it all that more special.
“I’d like to thank the band. Simon, Jason, Paul, thanks for sticking with me for 33 years. And thanks to the fans, for buying the records, coming to the shows. If you’ve had half as much fun as we have it’s been worth it.”
Watch a video interview with Robert Smith now:
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The Cure then played a half-hour set including a host of fan favourites and classics. The band will celebrate even more when they headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London tomorrow (February 26).
The Cure played:
‘The Only One’
‘Friday I’m In Love’
‘Close To Me’
‘The End Of The World’
‘In Between Days’
‘Just Like Heaven’
‘Boys Don’t Cry’
’10:15 Saturday Night’
‘Killing An Arab’
The show also features White Lies, Crystal Castles and Franz Ferdinand. For more information on the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig, including last-minute ticket availability, head to NME.COM/awards.
Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.
For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, includingnews, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.
Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.
There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.