Noel Gallagher did the unthinkable at Tuesday night’s (Sept. 7) GQ Men of the Year Awards ceremony at London’s Royal Opera House — he gave his approval, albeit qualified, to one-time Britpop nemesis Damon Albarn for Gorillaz’s victory in the Best Band category.
Gallagher told The Sun, “Gorillaz definitely deserve some kind of award — if only for having 104 people on stage at Glastonbury. What a f—— rider that must’ve been to organise — more complicated than a Big Brother shopping list!”
However he was less impressed with the English men’s magazine picking Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs as Sportsman of the Year. Noel, and ardent Manchester City supporter said, “Giggsy-wiggsy? Sportsman Of The Year? When you consider the gymnastics Wayne Rooney, Ashley Cole and little Peter Crouch have been getting up to lately, that award was a bit of a sham.”
The former Oasis man was in attendance to present an Outstanding Achievement award to Ray Davies.
One man happy to see the Kinks man honoured was Alice Cooper. He said, “It was British bands like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Kinks that got me into music. Ray is the man who made me want to write songs. I learned everything I know from analysing his songs.”
Another notable winner on the night was Dizzee Rascal who picked up the Solo Artist of the Year award. The recognition should go some way to make up for his missing out on the Mercury Prize on the same night.