Blondie To Receive Godlike Genius Award

(Gibson) New Wave pioneers Blondie will be honored with the "Godlike Genius Award" at this year's NME Awards ceremony. Speaking to NME.com, frontwoman Deborah Harry said, "It's great ... out of proportion, but it's nice to be recognized. I also find it particularly interesting that there aren't many Americans who've been given this award before, so that's flattering."

NME editor Mike Williams was effusive in his praise for the New York-based band. "As they celebrate their 40th anniversary, there could be no other band more worthy of being honored as NME's Godlike Genius 2014 than Blondie," he said. "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 and roll has ever produced."

Blondie will be on-hand to perform at the ceremony, slated to take place February 6 at 02 Academy, Brixton, south London. more on this story

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