Noel Gallagher received the Godlike Genius honour at the NME Awards last night (29.02.12).

The Smiths legend Johnny Marr presented him with the biggest prize of the night at the ceremony in London's O2 Academy Brixton and he described the former Oasis star as ''an institution''.

Arriving on stage to the theme song from 'Space Odyssey 2000', Noel said: ''Thank you very much. When I was born that tune was played, freaked my Nan out. Thank you to anyone who has bought a CD, a ticket or T-shirt, cause that's what counts.

''To the people here who have cited me as an influence you are welcome. And I'd like to thank NME for still giving a s**it after 20 years.''

NME magazine's editor Krissi Murison said Noel was ''A man who has written more anthems in the last two decades than anyone else.''

He also received tributes from Paul Weller, Kinks frontman Ray Davies and comic Russell Brand who said the songwriter was ''a hero to a generation''.

Noel then closed the show with a performance which included Oasis tracks 'Half the World Away', 'Don't Look Back in Anger', B-side '(It's Good) To Be Free', and solo songs 'Everybody's On The Run', 'Dream On' and 'AKA... What A Life!'.

He dedicated 'If I Had a Gun...' to his wife Sara MacDonald, saying: ''I dedicate this next song to my wife who is the coolest person in this room, that's not my opinion that's a fact.''