Blondie To Receive Godlike Genius NME Award
It is their 40th anniversary this year and now Blondie have an extra reason to celebrate as they are to receive the Godlike Genius prize at the NME Awards.
The Hanging On The Telephone and Heart Of Glass performers will be given the honorary prize at the O2 Academy in Brixton, south London, later this month.
In a statement Blondie said: "We've always had a special relationship with the UK and this is great, it's nice to be recognised and it's an outstanding list.
"To be honoured so nicely, and to play music. What could be better?"
The group, whose lead singer is Debbie Harry, was among the acts which grew from New York's mid-70s punk scene, centred on the CBGBs venue, which also gave rise to The Ramones, Talking Heads and Television.
But they quickly overshadowed their contemporaries in terms of chart success, and Harry became the model for dozens of frontwomen.
NME editor Mike Williams said: "They rewrote the rulebook in the late 70s by dragging punk rock to the top of the charts, and their classic songs still sound as fresh as ever today."
Previous winners of the award have included The Clash, Paul Weller, Noel Gallagher and Johnny Marr.
Blondie are due to perform at the event, sponsored by the city of Austin in Texas, which takes place on February 26.
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