- Tue, 2012-01-24 15:07
When the NME Awards come to London's O2 Brixton Academy on February 29th the magazine will confer its Godlike Genius Award on Mancunian musical legend Noel Gallagher. Gallagher's popularity with his seminal band Oasis has continued with his new project, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, whose debut album went to number on in the UK Albums Chart in 2011.
Gallagher said of the award: 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.
While NME's editor, Krissi Murison, 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. The other reason, of course, is the anthems. No individual has written as many sing-out-loud classics as Noel. His songwriting has defined a generation, and for that reason I'm incredibly happy to declare Noel NME's Godlike Genius. 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."
We have no doubt that Liam agrees with all of the above sentiments.