Yoko Ono to receive Inspiration Award at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas

Ono will collect award on the eve of her 83rd birthday

Yoko Ono will collect The Inspiration Award at this year’s NME Awards with Austin, Texas.

Ono will pick up the award in person at the ceremony later this month at O2 Academy, Brixton, London.

The annual ceremony takes place on February 17 and Ono will turn 83 the following day. An inspiration to generations of musicians, artists and activists Ono has fans in David Bowie, Ornette Coleman, Nile Rogers, Eric Clapton, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Sonic Youth, Arcade Fire, Lady Gaga, Anthony Hegarty, Savages and Boy George.


Speaking about the honour, Ono says: “Thank you, NME for this great honour. I accept this as your encouragement for me to keep making my ‘Sound of Music’.”

Mike Williams, NME editor-in-chief, says: “Yoko Ono’s influence on modern culture is undeniable. As an icon and a rebel, her revolutionary ideas and concepts have subverted cultural norms and boundaries, and she shows no sign of slowing down even as she turns 83. Yoko is a truly amazing inspiration who we’re honoured to welcome to the NME Awards with Austin, Texas this year.”


The NME Awards 2016 With Austin, Texas take place later this month with The Libertines, and Wolf Alice leading the list of nominees.

Following thousands of votes from NME readers, The Libertines and Wolf Alice have six nominations in total, including nods in the categories of ‘Best British Band, ‘Best Live Band’ and ‘Best Track’.

Hot on both bands’ heels are Foals, receiving four nods across the shortlist, including Best British Band, Best Live Band supported by Red Stripe, Best Album supported by HMV and Best Track. The Maccabees, who are yet to add an NME Awards gong to their trophy set, are up for Best British Band, Best Live Band and Best Album supported by HMV.

The winners are decided by you – the fans – but voting is now closed.


The NME Awards with Austin, Texas season kicked off on January 29 with NME Awards Tour 2016 with Austin, Texas. Headliners Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone are touring the UK. Tickets are available now.

Meanwhile, Crystal Castles will mark UK return at two NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas. Other acts playing at London gigs throughout February include Suede, Swim Deep, Blossoms and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.