'Godlike Genius' gong for Suede
Guitar band Suede are to be crowned as a Godlike Genius at the NME awards.
Suede, whom organisers have billed as "one of the most exciting guitar bands of all time", kick started the Brit-pop revolution of the 1990s and have had a ground breaking career spanning over 25 years.
Fans may be treated to a burst of their famed electric live show performances when they pick up the NME Godlike Genius Award at London's O2 Academy Brixton on February 18.
Suede f rontman Brett Anderson said: "It's wonderful to be recognised, and it's great for us having been through lots of ups and downs in our career. It's been a real rollercoaster ride of extreme highs and lows, so to be honoured in this way 25 years after we got together is lovely, really."
The band has released six acclaimed albums, including three which have been chart toppers, and countless top 10 singles. They split in 2003 and then made a successful comeback in 2010.
The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr and Blondie are among the previous winners. The award is only handed out to true greats of the music world, according to the organisers.
NME editor Mike Williams said: "Suede fundamentally altered the course of alternative music in the 90s, tying disparate strands of influence into one definitive British sound. They found romance in squalor and beauty in self-destructive hedonism.
"They were the outsider gang everyone wanted to join and I'm delighted to announce them as the recipients of this year's NME Godlike Genius Award."
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