Liam Gallagher gets ‘overdue’ award

The former Oasis frontman picked up the accolade six years after his brother Noel was given the same honour.

The frontman was given the award in 2012 by the Smiths' Johnny Marr
Image:His brother was given the award in 2012 by the Smiths’ Johnny Marr

He said he should have been recognised sooner.

He told Sky News: “If you’re going to give one brother one, you should give the other one, so I was a bit put out with that, you know what I mean?” he explained on the red carpet for the event in London.

Australian singer Kylie Minogue posing on the red carpet
Image:Australian singer Kylie Minogue posed on the red carpet
Liam Gallagher gets ‘overdue’ award
Liam Gallagher gets ‘overdue’ award

“But then again, best things come to those who wait I guess.”

I asked Liam if his brother had been in touch to congratulate him.

“Nah nah no, I don’t speak to that clown,” Gallagher said.

“He’s too busy writing cosmic pop and sharpening his scissors, and trying to convince the Americans that it’s the way forward.”

Liam and Noel Gallagher

Video:Liam finally matches brother Noel

The scissor reference follows Noel’s recent use of a scissor player on stage at his High Flying Birds concerts.

NME’s Editor in chief Mike Williams presented the award to the Wall Of Glass singer, saying: “This is a man who understands exactly what it means to be a rock’n’roll star.”

NME editor Mike Williams presented Gallagher with the award
Image:NME editor Mike Williams said Gallagher was a true star

But Gallagher said he doesn’t want to be one of a dying breed.

“I hope not, I’m just one of many. But there’s not many here tonight I don’t think.”

He explained why he thinks there’s not as many stars subscribing to the rockstar status that he holds.

“You’re not allowed to say anything anymore are you? If you say anything you get a slapped wrist and that y’know what I mean?”

“Apparently guitar music ain’t that trendy anymore so they’ve all jumped ship, and they’ve got keyboards round them, it’s their fault for jumping ship because it’s always been cool and I think it’ll come back round.

“So the ones who’ll come back and put their guitars back on – shame on them y’know what I mean – whoever they are.”

Other winners at last night’s NME Awards included Kasabian for best live act, J Hus who was awarded best album and Garbage frontwoman Shirley Manson who was given the Icon prize.

J Hus WON Best Album at the awards Awards 2018
Image:Grime artist J Hus won Best Album

List of Winners:

Best British Solo Artist Loyle Carner

Best British Band Alt-J

Best Album J Hus – Common Sense

Best Festival Glastonbury

Best Festival Headliner Muse

Best Track Charli XCX – Boys

Best Live Artist Kasabian

Best International Band HAIM

Best International Solo Artist Lorde

Best New Artist Stefflon Don

Best Mixtape Avelino – No B*******

Best Collaboration Craig David and Bastille – I Know You

Best Film Baby Driver

NME Under The Radar Pale Waves

Best Music Video The Big Moon – Sucker

Innovation Award Boy Better Know

NME Icon Shirley Manson of Garbage

Godlike Genuis Liam Gallagher

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