Pet Shop Boys win Godlike Genius gong ahead of Edinburgh visit

Ahead of next week’s eagerly-anticipated visit to the Edinburgh Playhouse, synth-pop superstars Pet Shop Boys picked up the award for Godlike Genius at last night’s NME Awards.

Chris Lowe and Neil Tennant were introduced on stage by Smiths legend Johnny Marr, who himself was given the award in 2013.

Marr said: “The winners of this award have changed pop music, over three decades, with hit after hit after hit. They brought romance, glamour, style, high art to the wonderful thing that is pop music.”

Accepting the award, Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant said: “Our career has been such a huge collaboration with producers, programmers, remixers and I would just like to thank every one of them – and accept this on behalf on electronic music, dance music and shiny pop music. Thank you very much.”

The dynamic duo then took to the stage to play a career-spanning set of hits – including  It’s A Sin, Left To My Own Devices, West End Girls, Domino Dancing and Always On My Mind.

“Little did I know when I started reading the NME as a child in the mid-60s, that one day we would stand here as an electronic duo getting such a magnificent award,” said Tennant, picking up the prize.

Pet Shop Boys visit Edinburgh on Wednesday (Feb 22) as part of their Super Tour.

Firm favourites in this neck of the woods, the electro-pop pairing have always gone down a storm on their visits to the Capital.

Indeed, in 2006, atrocious weather conditions led to the cancellation of the dynamic duo’s attempt to headline Edinburgh’s Hogmanay.

The group returned to take care of “unfinished business” in 2013 – and they were simply sensational.

The Super Tour sees Pet Shop Boys performing songs from their acclaimed new album, Super, as well as classic PSB hits and album tracks from their incredible back catalogue.

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