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Blondie to receive NME Godlike Genius Award

Story by Jack Foley

BLONDIE will receive the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award at this year’s awards ceremony.

The band have also confirmed they will pick up the award in person and also perform live at the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas on Wednesday, February 26, at O2 Academy, Brixton.

Blondie commented: “We’ve always had a special relationship with the UK and this is great, it’s nice to be recognised and it’s an outstanding list. To be honoured so nicely, and to play music. What could be better?”

For the last 40 years, Blondie has become a global phenomenon – a punk band from New York City whose influence both shaped and continues to inform the worlds of music, fashion and art.

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein have kept their ears to the ground, creating trends. They helped push punk onto the dance floor at the dawn of the new wave era and introduced a wider audience to hip-hop sounds, all the while building a catalog of enduring pop hits along the way which include Atomic, Heart of Glass, Rapture and Call Me.

NME editor Mike Williams says: “As they celebrate their 40th anniversary, there could be no other band more worthy of being honoured as NME’s Godlike Genius 2014 than Blondie. They re-wrote the rulebook in the late 70s by dragging punk rock to the top of the charts, and their classic songs still sounds as fresh as ever today.

“Everyone from Iggy Pop, Lily Allen, Lady Gaga and Julian Casablancas have looked to Debbie Harry for inspiration – she’s the most iconic frontwoman rock’n‘roll has ever produced. It goes without saying that NME is hugely proud, not to mention extremely excited, to be honouring her and Blondie with our most coveted award in 2014.”

Previous winners of the Godlike Genius Award include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher and, last year, Johnny Marr.

Public tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas will go on sale at 9am on Wednesday, February 5, at Balcony seats will be priced at £30 plus booking fee, while Pit Standing tickets, for fans who want to be right up close to the action, will be priced at £40 plus booking fee. All attendees must be 18+.

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