The Shockwave NME Awards 2011 take place on February 23rd at the O2 Academy Brixton and Dave will be there in person as he picks up the ‘Godlike Genius’ award.
While the rest of the awards are voted for by readers of NME, ‘Godlike Genius’ is picked by NME staff and amounts to the lifetime achievement prize in the annual awards. Previous recipients have included U2, The Clash, Ozzy Osbourne, The Cure and Paul Weller.
NME magazine, NME radio & NME TV will exhaustively cover every aspect of the awards.
UPDATED (January 10th)
NME today confirmed Dave as the award’s recipient in this news item:
Dave sends a short video message with his reaction:
NME editor Krissi Murison said:
“An NME Godlike Genius is a very rare thing. To qualify, an artist must not only be a musical visionary, have an unparalleled legacy and a decade-spanning career, but also still be meaningful to young bands and music fans today.
Whether it’s headlining the world’s greatest festivals, staging his own mega-gigs, releasing a series of hugely successful albums, collaborating with everyone from The Prodigy to Paul McCartney or still surprising fans with projects like Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl is at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music.
“But the Godlike Genius Award is no victory lap. It marks recognition of a stellar career thus far, and signals there’s a lot more to come.
With a new Foo Fighters album, festival appearances and giant gigs around the globe booked this year, the NME is recognising an artist who is still in his ascendancy and one we confidently predict will dominate music for a long time yet.”
UPDATED (January 12th)
The lead news piece in today’s issue is the Godlike Genius award.
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