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Dave Grohl to receive NME Godlike Genius award 2011


US rock legend Dave Grohl is to be crowned NME Godlike Genius 2011.

The man who drummed for Nirvana and went on to front Foo Fighters as well as working on heavy metal side-project Probot, performing drumming duties for Queens of the Stone Age and being part of super group Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl has established himself as a bona fide rock n roll genius.

He’ll pick up his gong at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2011 ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday, February 23rd then perform with Foo Fighters.

Dave Grohl said: “It’s really flattering and really good company to be in. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledge for doing something that you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work, I just consider it this incredible luxury that I get to play music and travel the world and feed my kids. It’s pretty great. Awards and lists can get silly sometimes but I’m very appreciative of this. It’s really cool to be called a godlike genius!”

t’s really cool to be called a godlike genius!

NME editor Krissi Murison said: “An NME Godlike Genius is a very rare thing. To qualify, an artist must not only be a musical visionary, have an unparalleled legacy and a decade-spanning career, but also still be meaningful to young bands and music fans today. Whether it’s headlining the world’s greatest festivals, staging his own mega-gigs, releasing a series of hugely successful albums, collaborating with everyone from The Prodigy to Paul McCartney or still surprising fans with projects like Them Crooked Vultures, Dave Grohl is at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music.

“But the Godlike Genius Award is no victory lap. It marks recognition of a stellar career thus far, and signals there’s a lot more to come. With a new Foo Fighters album, festival appearances and giant gigs around the globe booked this year, the NME is recognising an artist who is still in his ascendancy and one we confidently predict will dominate music for a long time yet.”

The Shockwaves NME Awards season gets underway from the start of February with a tour headlined by Crystal Castles, with able support from Magnetic Man, Everything Everything and The Vaccines – full info here. There will also be shows in London throughout February featuring Mystery Jets, Noah and the Whale, Edwyn Collins, White Lies, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Warpaint, Caribou and Carl Barat at iconic venues. Click here for full information.

Keep checking www.nme.com for more details. Tag your tweets with #nmeawards to join the conversation.

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