Nick Grimshaw, BBC Radio 1
Nick Grimshaw hosted his final show on BBC Radio 1 this week, and had a meaningful reason for choosing his final song (Picture: Rex)

Nick Grimshaw spoke of the meaningful reason he chose his final song as he bowed out from BBC Radio 1 after nearly 14 years on air on Thursday afternoon.

The DJ, 36, selected the tune after hearing it on his bike ride home the day before and decided on the track despite never playing it on the station before.

He went on to explain he saw the name of the song in the window of a cafe on a neon sign and that was the deciding factor for him.

Announcing he’d chosen 1983 tune This Must Be The Place (Naive Melody) by Talking Heads, he said: ‘Now I’ve got to play my final song on Radio 1 and it’s a song I’ve never played on Radio 1, and it’s a song that was out before I was even born.

‘Last night I was cycling home and I didn’t know what to play, it was between two songs and it was going to be a silly song. I was going to play Ariana Grande’s Thank U, Next, but I thought no.

‘And then as I was cycling home, and I’m not even kidding, this song is called This Must Be The Place, and this is a true story, there was a neon sign in a window that said “this must be the place” and I took that as a literal sign.

‘This song, for me, I wanted a song that felt special to me, that was full of emotion, that was life affirming.

‘It makes me feel warm, it makes me feel welcomed, and most importantly it makes me feel. So, that’s why I wanted to play it.’

He concluded: ‘So, thank you for listening, thank you for being part of making my dream come true, and I’m honestly, truly thankful, so enjoy this.

‘See you around.’

Minutes before, Nick encouraged his listeners to go after their dreams, explaining he thought being a radio DJ was as like being an astronaut, something he thought was unachievable for him.

However, he said his family encouraged him to chase his dreams, as they told him: ‘Well, people are astronauts.’

Nick said: ‘If you do have a dream, don’t talk yourself out of it. Don’t be scared of it, don’t think you don’t deserve it, because if I can do it, you can do it, and you can do anything you want.

‘If you do have a dream, I think it’s important that you go for it.’

Elsewhere in his final show, Nick was treated to a string of surprise messages from celebrities, including his close pal Harry Styles who thanked the DJ for his support throughout his career.

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