Albert Hammond Jr wins Best Solo Artist at NME Awards USA

The Strokes' guitarist rewarded for extra curricular activities

Albert Hammond Jr has been named Best Indie/Alternative Solo Artist at the US NME Awards in Los Angeles tonight (April 23).

Receiving the award from his friend and NME.COM‘s roving awards reporter Har Mar Superstar, the The Strokes‘ guitarist picked up the award, voted by NME.COM’s US users, at the ceremony at the El Rey Theatre.

He later told NME.COM how he planned to celebrate.

“An orgy,” declared Hammond. “Seriously, I’m going to have an orgy! Really!”

The other nominees were:

Ryan Adams

Beck

Andrew Bird

Cat Power

With the British NME Awards already a key event on the global music scene, this year marks the launch of NME Awards in north America.

For more on the NME Awards USA, including the 2008 winners list, go to NME.COM/awardsusa.

Meanwhile to watch a live stream from the ceremony head to NME’s Myspace page at Myspace.com/nmemagazine.