Liam Gallagher To Get NME Godlike Genius Award 2017

30 November 2017, 12:03 | Updated: 13 December 2017, 11:01

The legend will be given the honour early next year…

Liam Gallagher is to pick up the Godlike Genius accolade at the 2018 VO5 NME Awards.

The former Oasis star will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay, Paul Weller, Dave Grohl, his own brother Noel Gallagher - who was given the honour in 2012 - and last year's winners Pet Shop Boys.

He’ll pick up the prestigious accolade at the annual ceremony at the O2 Academy in Brixton, on 14 February and Liam thinks the prize has been a long time coming.

He said: "I wanna thank the NME for their Godlike Genius award. It's about f**king time as far as I'm concerned."

NME bosses admit it was a "no brainer" to pass the award on to Liam this year.

Editor in Chief Mike Williams said: "Every once in a while you're faced with a decision that you might call a total no-brainer. Giving Liam Gallagher the 2018 Godlike Genius award falls into that category.

"Through his history, the tunes, the swagger and the sense of humour, Liam is one of the most iconic rock stars of all time. He's a frontman who knows the job description - look cool, belt it out, be totally Godlike - and I can't wait to see him take his rightful place on the throne in Brixton in February"

As well as picking up his award at the VO5 NME Awards, Liam will also perform a number of his songs on the night.

Voting is currently open for the other categories at the awards, and fans can buy tickets for the event from Friday (1 December 2017).

Meanwhile, NME have announced the line-up for next year’s VO5 NME Awards Shows, plus an all-new VO5 NME Awards Road Trip.

Featuring headline dates from Franz Ferdinand, Peace, The Sherlocks, A2 and more, the VO5 NME Awards Shows will bringing a wide variety of genres to London’s best venues.

The VO5 NME Awards Road Trip will take host of the country’s biggest acts for a series of one-off special DJ sets in partnership with indie club night Propaganda. Launching on 18 January 2018 and spanning the three weeks leading up to the VO5 NME Awards 2018, the line-up will feature rock ‘n’ roll heroes such as The Vaccines, Idles, The Amazons and Bastille with more sets to be announced.

The full line-up for the VO5 NME Award Shows 2018 is:

24 January Pretty Vicious at The Shacklewell Arms
26 January She Drew the Gun at Omeara
9 February The Sherlocks at Electric Ballroom
12 February Superfood at Scala
13 February Peace at Omeara
22 February Public Access TV at Oslo
24 February Franz Ferdinand at O2 Academy Brixton
27 February Park Hotel at Moth Club
28 February Yonaka at The Garage
1 March A2 at KOKO London

Full line-up for the VO5 NME Awards Road Trip is:

18 January Huw Stephens at Propaganda Cardiff at Clwb Ifor Bach
19 January The Vaccines at Propaganda Birmingham at O2 Academy (DJ set)
20 January The Vaccines at Propaganda London at Electric Ballroom (DJ set)
25 January The Amazons at Propaganda Cheltenham at MooMoo (DJ set)
26 January The Amazons at Propaganda Cambridge at Fez Club (DJ set)
27 January The Amazons Propaganda Lincoln at The Engine Shed (DJ set)
2 February Frank Turner at Propaganda Glasgow at O2 ABC (DJ set)
3 February Idles at Propaganda Bristol at The Fleece (DJ set)
10 February Marmozets at Propaganda Leeds at The Warehouse (DJ set)
10 February Bastille at Propaganda London at Electric Ballroom (DJ set)

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