You should now address Dave Grohl as “His Holiness.”
Wednesday night in London, the alt-rock vet became the first non-Brit to win the Godlike Genius honor at the Shockwave NME awards ceremony, held at the storied Brixton Academy. Grohl, who was presented the award by the Who’s Roger Daltrey, dedicated the prize to his former Nirvana bandmate Kurt Cobain. “This one’s for Kurt, thank you very much,” he said.
He added, “You guys realize they gave this one to a drummer, right? This one’s for the drummers!”
After the ceremony, Grohl’s Foo Fighters celebrated with a marathon, two-hour set, including a performance of the Who’s “Young Man Blues” with Daltrey. Watch video below!
“When they asked us to play, I said, ‘Why don’t we play a song with an actual godlike genius, Mr. Roger Daltrey?'” said Grohl.
The Foos also ripped through six new tunes from their new album, Wasting Light, out April 12, including “White Limo,” “Bridge Burning,” “Dear Rosemary,” “Arlandria,” “These Days,” and “Miss The Misery.” Watch below!
Elsewhere at the Shockwave NME awards, Arcade Fire won the Best Album award for their critically-acclaimed The Suburbs, while My Chemical Romance nabbed Best International Band. The New Jersey group also performed their track “Na Na Na,” which won an award for Best Video.
Singer-songwriter Laura Marling was named Best Solo Artist, while Muse were crowned Best British Band. Biffy Clyro won for Best Live Band and synthpop duo Hurts won Best New Band.