Godlike Genius gong for Paul Weller
Published 09/02/2010 | 01:19
Paul Weller is to receive a top honorary prize at this year's NME Awards, the annual Godlike Genius title.
The former frontman for The Jam will receive his award later this month and perform at the event which takes place at the O2 Brixton Academy in south London.
The bash, officially titled the Shockwaves NME Awards 2010, is to be hosted by Jarvis Cocker and will be staged on February 24.
The winner of the Godlike Genius award is chosen by music magazine NME to honour a figure or group who has helped to shape the musical landscape over the years and past winners have included New Order, The Clash, Ian Brown and Manic Street Preachers.
Modfather Paul said: "I'm very happy to accept the award, I don't feel Godlike or a Genius but I'm happy to have it.
"It's nice to be recognised, you get your rewards in other ways too like playing live and seeing people's reaction, but it's nice to be recognised.
"I'm very flattered. I shall find a special place for it. A little altar to myself with garlands of flowers around it."
Jarvis said: "I've been to these awards things and I've read out nominations and things like that but I've never anchored the whole show before. That's a challenge. But yeah, I hope to keep people interested, stop them from dropping off ..."