Picture This: Blondie Cover the Beastie Boys at 2014 NME Awards

Tiffany Lee
Maximum Performance

Never afraid of laying down some rhymes, Blondie's Debbie Harry lent her intoxicating purr to some raucous Beastie Boys lyrics at Wednesday night's 2014 NME Awards. Even at 68 years old, she's still the epitome of cool with her signature gaze that can melt (or freeze!) anyone in her path.

The legendary band was awarded NME's "Godlike Genius" award the ceremony in Austin, Texas ā€” a well-deserved title indeed ā€” basially NME's  lifetime achievement award. The crowd was treated to juicy set of Blondie's biggest hits, including "One Way or Another," "Call Me," "Heart of Glass," and their old-school hip-hop-infused tune "Rapture," which lead straight into a surprise cover of the Beasties' "(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (to Party!)."

Blondie may be coming on their 40th anniversary, but the '70s/'80s New York City art and punk scene icons still know how to ruffle some feathers. When accepting their award, guitarist Chris Stein called out the magazine, saying, "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." 

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