Liam Gallagher has been announced as the recipient of NME's Godlike Genius Award for 2018.
The former Oasis frontman will collect the honour at the VO5 NME Awards at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on February 14. Gallagher, who gives his reaction to the news here, will then bring the ceremony to a close with a career-spanning set.
A limited number of fan tickets will go on sale exclusively via NME.com from 9am Wednesday, December 6 with the remainder going on general sale via seetickets.com and ticketmaster.co.uk at 9am on Friday, December 8. All attendees must be over 18.
Liam says: "I wanna thank the NME for their Godlike Genius Award. It's about f**king time as far as I'm concerned. Gonna be playing their awards show February 14. As you were, you f**kers!"
Now in its 24th year, the Godlike Genius Award celebrates the careers of pioneering music icons, with previous winners including U2, Dave Grohl, Manic Street Preachers, Coldplay, The Cure, New Order & Joy Division and Pet Shop Boys, who won this year's honour. Gallagher's brother Noel received the 2012 award.
NME's editor-in-chief of NME 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 Godlike Genius Award 2018 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.”