Sir Paul McCartney to receive NME Songwriter's Songwriter award

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 18 February 2014
Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney

Sir Paul McCartney is to receive the Songwriter's Songwriter prize at the NME awards after being recognised by his fellow musicians

Sir Paul McCartney is to receive the Songwriter's Songwriter NME award.

The 71-year-old singer has been honoured the one-off accolade after being recognised by his fellow musicians for his outstanding contribution to pop music and his lasting impact on the industry.

NME editor Mike Williams said: "We've spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they've told us, 'Paul McCartney is the world's ultimate songwriter'. Paul's enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I'm incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter's Songwriter award to recognise that."

The Beatles legend will pick up his award at the NME awards on February 26, 2014, at the O2 Academy in Brixton, London.

McCartney is the third winner to be announced so far, as Damon Albarn is to pick up the new Innovation award, while Blondie has been named this year's Godlike Genius.

Fans have been casting votes across 20 categories for this year's awards, and the Arctic Monkeys currently stand in the lead with eight nominations, Haim follow closely with six, while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three nods.

Blondie have been confirmed to perform at the ceremony and other artists will be announced shortly.

The event is being sponsored by the city of Austin in Texas.

Paul McCartney

Ex-Beatle, Ex-Wings, classical composer, poet, artist, animal rights activist, writer of silly love songs – Paul McCartney'll be a name familiar to your brain. Settle back for an evening of classic hits and a few more recent ones thrown in for good measure. It's cool – he'll probably play 'Hey Jude'. Get practicing your…

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