Foo Fighters lead singer has been awarded the Godlike Genius Award by indie music rag NME.

Grohl, who began his career as Nirvana’s drummer in 1990 but went on  to reinvent himself as the frontman of post grunge outfit Foo Fighters, will pick up the award at Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony at the Brixton Academy next month.

The illustrious award has previously won by such music legends as DJ John Peel and bands including New Order, The Clash and The Cure.

Speaking to NME Grohl said:

“I don’t think I’m godlike or a genius. It’s flattering. It’s a nice thing to be acknowledged for doing something you love to do, but in truth I don’t consider it a body of work because I don’t consider it work.”

NME editor Krissi Murison said Grohl was “at the centre of everything interesting that is happening in music”.

She added: “But the Godlike Genius Award is no victory lap. It marks recognition of a stellar career thus far, and signals there’s a lot more to come.”

The band’s self-titled debut, featuring the single, This Is A Call was an instant critical and commercial success on it’s release in 1995.

The band’s seventh, as yet untitled album,  to be released this year was recorded with legendary producer Butch Vig (who last worked with Grohl on Nirvana’s Nevermind). Former Nirvana bass player Krist Novoselic will also feature on the album.

Grohl also launched supergroup Them Crooked Vultures with Queens of The Stone Age’s lead man Josh Homme.

The Shockwaves NME Awards ceremony will take place on Feburary 23.