Manic Street Preachers have been presented with the Godlike Genius award at the Shockwaves NME Awards 2008.
The band received the prize from NME editor Conor McNicholas, and - at the band's request - Welsh boxer Joe Calzaghe.
Bassist Nicky Wire said: "I'm so fucking old I've even written a speech just for once. I'd like to thank some people, Terri, Elizabeth, the late Philip Hall, Heavenly Records, everyone at Sony.
Joe Calzaghe is a true inspiration and he went to the same comprehensive school as us. I'd also like to thank Jimmy Savile, Tennessee Williams, Public Enemy, Guns N'Roses, Echo & The Bunnymen...
Wire then rounded off his speech by borrowing a quote from country legend Dolly Parton to sum up their rollercoaster career.
He said: As Dolly Parton said, if you want to have a rainbow, you've got to put up with a lot of rain.