Today, NME announced Liam Gallagher as the recipient of the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award. Liam will collect the gong at the VO5 NME Awards 2018 on 14th February at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Watch Liam’s hilarious take on joining the Godlike Genius Hall of Fame below.
In true NME Godlike Genius style, the Britpop legend and famously revered funny-man will bring the most rock ‘n’ roll night of the year to a close by taking to the stage with a performance proving his Godlike Genius status. A limited quantity of fan tickets for the ceremony will go on sale exclusively via NME.com from 9am Wednesday 6th December with the remainder going on general sale via seetickets.com and ticketmaster.co.uk at 9am Friday 8th December. All attendees must be over 18.
Liam says: “I wanna thank the NME for their Godlike Genius Award. It’s about f**king time as far as I’m concerned. Gonna be playing their awards show February 14th. As you were, you f**kers!”
One of the most iconic frontmen in the history of rock ‘n’ roll, Liam Gallagher has sold millions of records in a career that has spanned four decades and as part of Oasis, defined a whole genre of music. Famed for his acerbic wit, hyper-quotable tweets, Mancunian pride and swagger, Liam continued to be held as one of the UK’s finest musical exports following his time in Oasis – with Beady Eye before going it alone as a solo artist with 2017’s ‘As You Were’. Fresh from the success of the record – his first number one, and his debut as a solo musician – he will appear at the event and add the infamous award to his list of accolades.
Alongside the success of his solo record, earlier this year Liam made an unexpected and triumphant live appearance in support of his hometown for ‘One Love Manchester’ and has gone on to perform in front of thousands of fans at some at the UK’s biggest festivals before selling out London’s Finsbury Park in just five minutes – a show Liam promises will be ‘biblical’. The VO5 NME Awards 2018 promises to be an unmissable opportunity for fans to get close to the action, celebrating Liam’s career to date and his Godlike Genius win, in the intimate setting of the O2 Academy Brixton.
Mike Williams, editor-in-chief of NME, says: “Every once in a while you’re faced with a decision that you might call a total no-brainer. Giving Liam Gallagher the Godlike Genius Award 2018 falls into that category. Through his history, the tunes, the swagger and the sense of humour, Liam is one of the most iconic rock stars of all time. He’s a frontman who knows the job description – look cool, belt it out, be totally Godlike – and I can’t wait to see him take his rightful place on the throne in Brixton in February.”
The NME Godlike Genius Award, now in its 24th year, recognises and celebrates the careers of the most pioneering music icons of our time. Previous winners include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Noel Gallagher, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Johnny Marr, U2, Ian Brown, Suede, Coldplay and Blondie. Last year’s ceremony saw Pet Shop Boys pick-up the Godlike Genius Award, presented by Johnny Marr, before performing tracks from throughout their 36-year career including: ‘It’s a Sin’, ‘Always on My Mind’ and ‘West End Girls’.