He's been in and out of the media for nearly 20 years with Oasis and launched his solo career fronting The High Flying Birds in 2011, he will pick up his prize at the NME Awards on 29 February at London's O2 Academy Brixton.
|From the shadows Gary looked on with mixed feelings of lust and hate.|
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"Opinionated, intelligent, passionate and always hilarious - Noel walks and talks it better than any other musician out there, and it's just one of the reasons why the British public loves him so dearly.
"No individual has written as many sing-out-loud classics as Noel. His songwriting has defined a generation." - NME editor Krissi Murison was quoted as saying.
He had this to add:
"I would like to thank NME for bestowing upon me such a great accolade,"
"I have dreamt of this moment since I was 43 years old."
"I accept that I am now a genius, just like God."