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NME Awards 2014: Paul McCartney to receive special one-off award

Paul McCartney

Story by Jack Foley

PAUL McCartney is to be honoured with a special one-off award at this year’s NME Awards 2014 – the Songwriter’s Songwriter.

Sir Paul will also be there to collect the accolade in person.

In addition, Belle & Sebastian have been announced as the recipients of the Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, and will perform at the event.

This year’s awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday, February 26 at O2 Academy, Brixton and will be hosted by Radio One presenter Huw Stephens.

The Songwriter’s Songwriter award came about when NME asked the world’s leading songwriters to nominate the best practitioner of their craft for the one-off prize – time and time again they chose Paul McCartney.

NME editor Mike Williams commented: “We’ve spoken to the biggest and best musicians around, and they’ve told us: Paul McCartney is the world’s ultimate songwriter. Paul’s enduring and stunning talent is worth celebrating, and I’m incredibly honoured that NME are giving him the special, one-of-its-kind Songwriter’s Songwriter award to recognise that.”

Reacting to their Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music Award, meanwhile, Belle & Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch said: “We’ve just kept our head down. We’re the Status Quo of indie, we’re still here – maybe that’s the thing. We’re a baroque pop band that came up in the mid-’90s, during Britpop, and we’re still here!”

While Williams added: “I’m equally thrilled for us to be singling out Belle & Sebastian at this year’s ceremony, an act who have always had a special place in our readers’ hearts and minds.”

Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations for this year’s awards with an outstanding eight. Haim follow closely with six nominations while Queens of The Stone Age, Lily Allen and Arcade Fire all have three. To cast your vote visit www.nme.com/awardsvote

Public tickets for the NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas are on sale now at NME.com/tickets. Balcony seats are priced at £3o plus booking fee. All attendees must be 18+.