Noel Gallagher will be Godlike Genius at NME Awards

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher is to be honoured with the Godlike Genius prize at this year's NME Awards in London on February 29.

Noel Gallagher is to receive the Godlike Genius prize at this year's NME Awards.

The 'If I Had A Gun...' singer is to be honoured at the music magazine's annual ceremony for his three-decade spanning career which has seen him achieve global success with Oasis and launch his successful solo project Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds.

Speaking about the honour, 'Don't Look Back In Anger' hitmaker Noel said: "I would like to thank NME for bestowing upon me such a great accolade. I have dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old. I accept that I am now a genius, just like God."

NME editor Krissi Murison insists the 44-year-old musician - who quit Oasis in August 2009 after a bust-up with his brother Liam Gallagher - is a worthy winner of the award because he walks and talks it better than any other musician out there".

She said: "For the best part of two decades, the voice of one man has dominated the pages of NME more than any other. That man is Noel Gallagher. Opinionated, intelligent, passionate and always hilarious - Noel walks and talks it better than any other musician out there, and it's just one of the reasons why the British public loves him so dearly.

"That he keeps pushing boundaries as a solo artist proves that there's a long way to go in the story of one of the most talented musicians Britain has ever produced."

Previous winners of the honour include Dave Grohl, Paul Weller, Ian Brown, The Cure and the Manic Street Preachers.

The NME Awards take place on February 29 at London's O2 Academy Brixton.

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Post-Oasis indie rock from Gallagher senior who, unlike brother Liam in Beady Eye, is prepared to dip into the Oasis back catalogue to bolster his set.


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