24/01/2012 07:42 GMT

Noel Gallagher To Receive Godlike Genius Crown At NME Awards

Rocker Noel Gallagher is to be honoured with the Godlike Genius prize at this year's NME Awards.

The singer/songwriter, 44, will pick up the accolade at the ceremony which will be held at London's O2 Academy Brixton on 29 February.

The cheeky former Oasis star says: "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."

Previous recipients of the award include Paul Weller, The Cure, Manic Street Preachers and New Order. Last year's Godlike Genius was Dave Grohl.

It's another accolade for the already modest star - he was named as the second biggest selling rock act of 2011, just behind coldplay. His debut solo offering Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds beat Florence & The Machine's Ceremonials and Foo Fighters' Wasting Light to come in at number two.

The latest gong will be hard for his estranged brother Liam to swallow after the pair have been involved in several public spats since Noel walked out on the group in 2009 after a bust-up in France.

Noel's most recent barb came when he 'sympathised' with his sibling about having to sing his songs at the height of their Oasis hey-day.

He said: "I often thought Liam's role in Oasis must have been difficult, singing somebody else's songs. You can read the words and understand (literally) what they mean but you don't instinctively understand them."