Grohl handed NME 'genius' award


Foo Fighters and former Nirvana star Dave Grohl has been awarded the NME Godlike Genius Award

Foo Fighters and former Nirvana star Dave Grohl has been awarded the Godlike Genius Award by music paper NME.

Grohl will pick up the award, previously won by DJ John Peel and bands including New Order and The Clash, at the Shockwaves NME Awards at the Brixton Academy next month.

He said: “It’s really flattering and really good company to be in. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged 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.”

Grohl first found fame as drummer with Nirvana, playing on their multi-million selling albums Nevermind and In Utero, before forming the Foo Fighters after the death of frontman Kurt Cobain.

The Foo Fighters have enjoyed critical and commercial success with 22 top 40 hit singles since 1995.

NME editor Krissi Murison said Grohl was “at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music”.

She added: “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 awards are on Wednesday February 23.

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