Mick Jones honoured with Inspiration Award at NME Awards USA

The Clash legend saluted at Los Angeles ceremony

Mick Jones has been honoured with the Inspiration Award at the NME Awards USA in Los Angeles tonight (April 23).

The legendary guitarist with The Clash, Big Audio Dynamite and now Carbon/Silicon picked up the prize, voted for by NME‘s editors, at the El Rey Theatre from actress Sienna Miller.

“He’s helped all of you lot make the music you’re making,” declared Miller, “he is my most inspiring friend.”

Explaining Jones‘ importance to music, NME editor Conor McNicholas declared: “The Inspiration Award is hotly debated amongst the NME editors, but the decision we reached was unanimous – Mick Jones is a true hero to NME.

The Clash were the magnificent reason most of us got into alternative music in the first place, but Mick has never been one to rest on his laurels. With Big Audio Dynamite he pioneered sampling techniques and helped introduce hip-hop to reggae and rock. And still not content with that, he now fronts Carbon/Silicon, discovering yet more new ways to excite us.

Mick is an innovator, a visionary, a class songwriter, a great singer and a demon guitarist, but that’s not all. He truly is an inspiration. His restless spirit recently drew him to produce The Libertines and to collaborate with Richard Archer of Hard-Fi among others – Mick providing the young head on old shoulders… or should that be the other way round?

Mick‘s spirit, sense of mischief and dedication to the rock ‘n’ roll cause make it a real pleasure and honour for NME to name him our Inspiration Award winner in 2008. We are also thrilled that Carbon/Silicon will be performing at the event, and can’t wait to see what they’ve got up their sleeves on what promises to be a brilliant night.”

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