It’s official – Pet Shop Boys will receive the Godlike Genius award at the VO5 NME Awards 2017 on February 15. Since 1981, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have been supplying us with some of the best synth-pop around, as evidenced on their 13 studio albums. Incredibly, all of them have scored a place in the Top 10 of the UK Albums Chart. How’s that for consistent? Join us in celebrating their outstanding achievements by taking a journey back through the years via these ace photos.
The VO5 NME Awards 2017 will take place at the O2 Academy Brixton on February 15. Be there to see Pet Shop Boys pick up their award and play a special set of their hits by getting tickets from here.
UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 01: Photo of PET SHOP BOYS and SMASH HITS MAGAZINE and Neil TENNANT; Writer, Smash Hits Magazine (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns) Redferns
Neil Tennant in the early '80s when he was still a writer at Smash Hits.
The pair strike a pose in 1987.
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Photo of Neil TENNANT and Chris LOWE and PET SHOP BOYS; L-R: Neil Tennant, Chris Lowe (playing Emulator II keyboard) (Photo by Virginia Turbett/Redferns) Redferns
We wouldn't necessarily put PSB down as the farming type, but they did once play next to a tractor, as this photo proves.
Pet Shop Boys Redferns
Neil Tennant looking cool as fuck mid-show.
Pet shop boys at time of recording with Dusty Springfield (she is reflected in mirror) London 1988 Getty Images
1988 was obviously the Pet Shop Boys' investigative reporter/detective phase.
Actress and singer Liza Minnelli with singer, songwriter and musician Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys, circa 1989. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images) Getty Images
Neil Tennant and Liza Minnelli rubbing shoulders in 1989. Entertainment royalty, both of them.
UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 01: Party In The Park Aid The Prince Trust, Pet Shop Boys (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images) Getty Images
Some rather more muted outfits from Tennant and Chris Lowe here at the Party In The Park.
GLASTONBURY, UNITED KINGDOM - JUNE 24: Neil Tennant of The Pet Shop Boys is joined on stage by Cerys Matthews at the Glastonbury Festival on June 24th, 2000 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns) Redferns
Cerys Matthews joined the band during their Glastonbury performance in 2000 and obviously got the white outfit memo.
VIENNA, AUSTRIA - MAY 24: Sir Elton John (L) and former Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant hold up a symbolic check May 24, 2003 at the 11th annual Life Ball charity ball in Vienna, Austria for money that will go to the Elton John Aids Foundation. Life Ball is one of the largest AIDS charity events in Europe and started in 1993, and since 2001 has been affiliated with the Elton John AIDS Foundation. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) Getty Images
Tennant and Elton John in 2003 receiving a giant cheque for funds donated to the Elton John Aids Foundation at the Life Ball charity event in Vienna.
Looking as cool and sophisticated as ever at their Wembley headline show in 2004.
BERLIN - MAY 7: (R-L) Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant of the British Electropop duo Pet Shop Boys perform live at the Tempodrom, on May 7, 2007 in Berlin, Germany. The concert is part of the German leg of their "Fundamental" Tour. (Photo by Christian Jakubaszek/Getty Images) Getty Images
Even Pet Shop Boys embraced the neon fashion of nu rave as this 2007 photo shows.
Outstanding Contribution To Music Winners Pet Shop Boys perform on stage with Brandon Flowers of the Killers and Lady GaGa, during the BRIT Awards, at Earls Court, central London, SW5. PA Archive/Press Association Images
In 2009, the duo were joined by The Killers' Brandon Flowers and Lady Gaga as they collected the Outstanding Contribution To Music award at the Brits.
Pet Shop Boys have never lost their edge, no matter how far into their careers they've gotten. One look at this photo from 2012 - 31 years after meeting - proves that in spades.
Just hanging out in 2012...
BARCELONA, SPAIN - JUNE 08: Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys performs on stage during the third 'Festival Jardins de Pedralbes' on June 8, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Miquel Benitez/Redferns via Getty Images) Redferns via Getty Images
This magnificent feather jacket is maybe one of Tennant's greatest fashion choices ever, and added even more style to their 2015 shows.
BERLIN, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Singer Neil Tennant of the British band Pet Shop Boys performs live during a concert at the Tempodrom on December 1, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Frank Hoensch/Redferns) Redferns
A nod to Daft Punk or just an excellent futuristic aesthetic? Tennant donned this metallic helmet in 2016.