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Suede to receive NME Godlike Genius Award (2015)


Story by Jack Foley

SUEDE, whose ground breaking career spans over 25 years, will receive the prestigious NME Godlike Genius Award.

The band have confirmed they will pick up the award and also perform live at the ceremony.

Brett Anderson, Suede frontman, commented: “It’s wonderful to be recognised, and it’s great for us having been through lots of ups and downs in our career. It’s been a real rollercoaster ride of extreme highs and lows, so to be honoured in this way 25 years after we got together is lovely, really.”

NME editor Mike Williams added: “Suede fundamentally altered the course of alternative music in the 90s, tying disparate strands of influence into one definitive British sound. They found romance in squalor and beauty in self-destructive hedonism.

“They were the outsider gang everyone wanted to join and I’m delighted to announce them as the recipients of this year’s NME Godlike Genius Award.”

One of the most exciting guitar bands of all time, Suede kick started the Brit-pop revolution of the ‘90’s.

Before the band had even released a single they were dubbed the ‘Best New Band In Britain’ and with a career spanning more than 25 years, they’ve exceeded the hype.

The band have released six acclaimed albums (three of which topped the charts) and countless top 1 singles. They split in 2003 and then made one of the most successful comebacks in history with a triumphant return in 2010.

Led by the enigmatic Brett Anderson, Suede are renowned for their electric live shows, so fans are in for a treat on February 18 when they are set to bring the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas to a climactic close.

Charli XCX has also confirmed she’ll perform live on the night, while Huw Stephens is set to return as host.

Royal Blood, Run The Jewels and The Vaccines have already been announced for live performances at the NME Awards 2015 with Austin, Texas on Wednesday,, February 18 at London’s O2 Academy Brixton. Tickets are available at

The NME Godlike Genius Award is an accolade that is only handed out to true greats of the music world.

The culmination of the evening, it recognises the very best of the best. Previous winners include The Clash, Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers, New Order & Joy Division, Dave Grohl, Noel Gallagher, Johnny Marr and last year’s winners, Blondie.