“It is a very nice thing to be getting this award,” he said. “The NME seems to be good at giving this award to people I like, so I’m in good company. I guess it means that some things are alright with the world.”
In 2010, Marr played guitar on film composer Hans Zimmer’s soundtrack for the blockbuster movie, Inception.
He parted ways with The Cribs after four years in 2011 to focus on his solo material after early recording sessions for what would be the Jarman brothers’ fifth studio album, In the Belly of the Brazen Bull.
NME editor Mike Williams said: “Never has anyone been so utterly deserving of the title.
“Not content with rewriting the history of music with one of the world’s greatest ever bands, The Smiths, he’s continued to push boundaries and evolve throughout his career, working with some of the best and most exciting artists on the planet.”