Coldplay to receive NME’s Godlike Genius Award

Coldplay will receive the Godlike Genius Award at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas.

The multi-million-selling band will collect the award in person and also perform live at the ceremony on February 17 at London’s O2 Academy.

Coldplay, who recently released their seventh studio album A Head Full of Dreams and are due to play Hampden Park on June 7, will perform an exclusive set of their greatest hits to close the show.

Tickets for the ceremony, held at London’s O2 Academy Brixton on 17 February, are on sale now.

Speaking of their win, frontman Chris Martin said: “We’re extremely grateful to the NME for giving us this award. It’s a huge honour and it means everything to us as Coldplay would be nothing without the NME.

“Appearing in the magazine for the first time in 1998 – in the smallest font – was the biggest thing that ever happened to us, and their love and support changed our world. Thank you so much NME.”

AAA reported recently that Coldplay fans will get the chance to hear their favourite songs at the band’s Hampden Park gig after the band revealed they are taking requests for their forthcoming tour.

“I think we want to make it like a passport photobooth, so you go in and say, ‘I am Derek, I would like you to play The Hardest Part…’,” said Martin. “So for example, if we are going to play a song like Spies off Parachutes, it will be lovely to play it and say, ‘This is for Helen from Bolton as this reminds her of her dad.’ That is a bad example and not a real one.”

The singer added, “We’re enjoying playing really old songs. This tour will finally have a setlist where we feel good about it from start to finish.”

This summer’s world tour is Coldplay’s first since the 2011/12 Mylo Xyloto Tour, which was seen by more than three million people in five continents.