Friday 20 October 2017

Weller: Genius award long overdue

Paul Weller's Godlike Genius Award is 'long overdue'
Paul Weller's Godlike Genius Award is 'long overdue'

Paul Weller is receiving the Godlike Genius Award from NME magazine - but he says he should have got the gong years ago.

The 51-year-old musician will be presented with the title at the NME Awards at Brixton Academy to celebrate three decades in the music industry both as a solo artist and with The Jam and The Style Council.

Paul told the Christian O'Connell Breakfast Show on Absolute Radio: "It's long overdue mate to be fair - I am excited, it's very flattering."

Asked if he had planned an outfit to accept his award in, the Modfather joked: "I'm just going to wear a little black number with low heels."

Weller's latest single is being released as a double A side but he revealed: "I don't choose these things any more. The powers that be see fit to put both sides out but it's fine with me, I like both songs. I'd put the entire album out as a single if I could."

But he added: "I'm really happy with the new album. It's different and we're trying to push musical boundaries with it. I think that's what an artist should do, it's part of our job."

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