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NME Awards: The Cribs to receive Teenage Cancer Trust contribution to music award

The Cribs

Story by Jack Foley

THE Cribs will be the recipients of this year’s Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award at The NME Awards 2013.

They will pick up the prestigious award on the night and are also confirmed to play live at the ceremony, which takes place at its new home, Troxy, in East London on Wednesday, February 27, 2013.

From their inception The Cribs – twins Gary and Ryan, together with younger brother Ross – have built a considerable reputation not only amongst their fans but likewise with critics and their musical peers.

This year’s NME Awards Godlike Genius recipient, Johnny Marr, became so enamoured with them that he actually became a member of the band from 2008 to 2011.

Over the past 10 years they have released five albums, which each expanded their vision yet remained true to the unflinching DIY attitude that makes them so unique in British rock.

The Cribs said: “It’s a tremendous honour, and something that you never really dream of when first starting out as three maladjusted weirdos from the middle of nowhere…it’s almost like a purple heart in some ways – recognition for your time in the trenches and varying degrees of suffering… not sure there were too many acts of bravery, but if anything, we hope that people remember the fact that we always tried to negotiate this strange, and oftentimes sleazy industry with an ethic rooted in DIY – trying to forge your own path rather than riding the gravy train…so that makes this all the sweeter. Thanks a lot.”

NME readers will decide which song The Cribs perform at the NME Awards. The brothers have drawn up a 10 song shortlist and fans can head to to cast their vote.

Mike Williams, editor of NME, said: “The Cribs arrived on the scene in 2003 with a DIY, never-say-die attitude and they’ve not let up since, literally bleeding for the cause at some of the most chaotic and thrilling gigs of the past decade, and at the same time producing five amazing albums that encapsulate punk spirit and outsider indie like no-one else.

“Needless to say we’re incredibly proud to salute their achievements by honouring them with this award. They truly are outstanding as well as inspiring, and we’re looking forward to staying with them every step of the way for another 10 years.”

The Teenage Cancer Trust Outstanding Contribution To Music award is a very special accolade, along with the Godlike Genius Award, and it is chosen by NME to recognise services to music.

The award is in its fourth year and previous recipients have been PJ Harvey, The Specials and last year’s winners Pulp.

The Cribs are playing an NME Award Show on Friday, February 22 at Shepherds Bush Empire. Tickets are available from

For a full list of nominations please visit the NME Awards website.