Robyn will be crowned as ‘Songwriter Of The Decade’ at next week’s NME Awards 2020. This year’s ceremony takes place at the O2 Academy Brixton in London on Wednesday, 12 February.
Along with the receent announcement that Slowthai and Mura Masa will be opening the awards with a raucous live performance, NME can reveal that Swedish icon Robyn will be honoured on the night with this one-off award for her invaluable contribution to and influence on today’s pop landscape.
Her iconic single ‘Dancing On My Own’ topped NME’s recent Best Songs Of The Decade list, her latest album Honey was a triumph, and this award celebrates Robyn as a truly unique artist whose legacy will continue to inspire into this new decade and beyond.
“I’m always mystified and ready to be seduced by a beautiful song,” said Robyn. “There are so many good songs that were written before and after 2010 that inspired me. So I feel very humbled and honoured to be given this NME award.”
It was recently announced that Courtney Love will receive this year’s Icon Award, while Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis will be crowned Godlike Genius. We have also confirmed that Katherine Ryan and Julie Adenuga will be co-hosting on the night, which will also see performances from AJ Tracey, alongside Yungblud, Beabadoobee and show closers The 1975.
“After our year off in 2019, we couldn’t be more excited about the return of the mighty NME Awards – and we know that our audience, our favourite artists and their associated hangers-on are just as hyped up as we are,” said the NME Editorial Team. “Back at O2 Academy Brixton, this year’s event is a special one for many reasons, marking the end of a brilliant decade for music and the start of a new one that’s bursting with possibilities. Since the last time we handed out our infamous, finger-flickin’ trophies, we’ve seen superstars born and legends cemented.
“Our nominations show that the music scene is not only in the rudest possible health, it’s also packed with young personalities who are reshaping the music industry in their image. We’re especially humbled to be able to honour Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis with our Godlike Genius Award. She is, after all, the only person in Britain who throws a better party than we do.”