John Lydon, aka Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd., has been chosen by BMI to receive their Icon Award.
The BMI Icon Award is given to songwriters who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."
Del Bryant, President and CEO of BMI, said "John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world. We are very pleased to recognize his impact on popular culture and his outstanding musical contributions with the BMI Icon Award."
BMI's press release summed up Lydon's contribution:
Lydon initiated the punk movement in the U.K. in the mid 1970s with the Sex Pistols and later led the post-punk and experimental charge with Public Image Ltd (PiL). He was also responsible for a brand new cultural shift in British society at that time through fashion, visual arts and performance, sparking controversy and conversation that still resonates today. As frontman of the Sex Pistols, Lydon penned singles including Anarchy in the UK, God Save the Queen, Pretty Vacant, and Holidays in the Sun, taken from the band’s only album in 1977, Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols. Lydon left the Pistols in 1978 to form his own band, Public Image Ltd, which produced eight studio albums and a host of singles including Public Image, Death Disco, This Is Not A Love Song, Rise and Warrior, which consistently hit the U.K. Top 40 and inspired countless musicians, including the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Massive Attack. In 2012, Lydon and Public Image Ltd also released their first album in 20 years, in the shape of This Is PiL, to huge critical acclaim, adding yet another chapter to the unique PiL story.The award will be presented at BMI's London Awards on October 15.