Watch Blondie Cover the Beastie Boys at NME Awards

By Annie Reuter

Blondie closed the NME Awards in Austin, Texas on Wednesday (Feb. 26) with an over eight-minute tribute to the Beastie Boys.

Frontwoman Debbie Harry started by dancing and rapping along to “Rapture” for six minutes before she sped things up with the energetic “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)”

Earlier in the night, Harry and her bandmates were honored with the Godlike Genius award. As they accepted their prize, guitarist Chris Stein addressed their once strained relationship with the publication.

“Thank you guys,” he said. “Back in the old days, we had an adversarial relationship with NME. They used to rake us over the coals. But Karl Marx once told me there’s no such thing as bad publicity.”

Afterward, Blondie performed a longer set which included the Beastie Boys cover as well as a span of their own versatile catalog.

Earlier this week, it was announced that Blondie will be performing at this year’s Glastonbury festival in England alongside Dolly Parton, Arcade Fire, Disclosure, and Lily Allen.


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