VO5 NME Awards 2017: Godlike Geniuses Pet Shop Boys through the years

The band will collect the award at the ceremony on February 15

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.


Neil Tennant in the early ’80s when he was still a writer at Smash Hits.


The pair strike a pose in 1987.


We wouldn’t necessarily put PSB down as the farming type, but they did once play next to a tractor, as this photo proves.



Neil Tennant looking cool as fuck mid-show.


1988 was obviously the Pet Shop Boys’ investigative reporter/detective phase.


Neil Tennant and Liza Minnelli rubbing shoulders in 1989. Entertainment royalty, both of them.


Some rather more muted outfits from Tennant and Chris Lowe here at the Party In The Park.



Cerys Matthews joined the band during their Glastonbury performance in 2000 and obviously got the white outfit memo.


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.


Even Pet Shop Boys embraced the neon fashion of nu rave as this 2007 photo shows.



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…


This magnificent feather jacket is maybe one of Tennant’s greatest fashion choices ever, and added even more style to their 2015 shows.


A nod to Daft Punk or just an excellent futuristic aesthetic? Tennant donned this metallic helmet in 2016.