Oasis rocker Noel Gallagher is relieved he is receiving the Outstanding Contribution award at this year's Brits (14FEB07) - he wanted it while he still young to enjoy it.
The WONDERWALL mastermind would hate to have received the honour when he is older because it would have felt like a sympathy vote - and the 39-year-old guitarist want's the British band to go out on a high.
He says, "I want to do it before I go bald. I'd like to do it before I'm 40 and still young to legitimately wear a black leather jacket. I'm glad we're getting it now. When footage is shown of future Brits, there won't be a fat, old geezers accepting it."
Former BEATLE Ringo Starr will present the award to the band at next Wednesday's music ceremony in London.