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Coldplay set for NME Godlike Genius Award

Coldplay will follow in the footsteps of bands like The Clash and The Cure when they are awarded a prestigious honour at this year's NME music awards.

The band, fronted by Chris Martin, have been named as the recipients of music magazine NME's Godlike Genius Award.

They will be given their accolade at the annual NME music awards ceremony, being held at London's O2 Academy Brixton on February 17.

Frontman Martin said the band were "extremely grateful" for the award.

"It's a huge honour and it means everything to us, as Coldplay would be nothing without the NME," he said.

"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."

The award is a recognition of the careers of music icons who have been pioneers in the industry, and was won last year by alternative rock band, Suede.

Coldplay will close the NME awards show with an exclusive set of their greatest hits.

The band was formed in 1996 and have sold more than 80 million records worldwide.

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