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Sex Pistols and Public Image Ltd frontman John Lydon is being honored for his legacy as a songwriter.

Music rights organization BMI will present the veteran rocker--also known by his Sex Pistols stage name, Johnny Rotten—with its prestigious Icon Award at its BMI London Awards ceremony in October.

As reported by The Guardian, the award is given to songwriters who have had “an indelible influence on generations of music makers.”

“John Lydon is a true icon whose influence on music, fashion and art has been felt around the world," said Del Bryant, president of BMI. "We are very pleased to recognize his impact on popular culture and his outstanding musical contributions with the BMI Icon Award."

Previous recipients of the award include Ray Davies, Van Morrison and Bryan Ferry. The awards ceremony will take place at London’s Dorchester Hotel on October 15.