Former Libertine watched by ex-bandmates at London ceremony

Pete Doherty has won Best Solo Artist at the Shockwaves NME Awards tonight (February 25).

The star received his award at the O2 Academy Brixton in London from Blur‘s rhythm section, Alex James and Dave Rowntree.

Doherty also received plenty of support at the event from his former Libertines bandmate, Carl Barat, who was in the room with another of his former groups, Dirty Pretty Things.

Barat first hugged Doherty, then gave his longtime pal a thumbs-up while the Babyshambles man went onstage.

Doherty then dedicated the award to his grandmother, saying, “Thank you so much. This award is dedicated to my grandmother Dolly,” before joking, “How come Grace Jones was the only one to get a private meal?”

Watch an exclusive interview with the winners now:

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The full list of nominees for Best Solo Artist were:


Laura Marling

Lightspeed Champion


Pete Doherty

For complete coverage from this year’s Shockwaves NME Awards, including news, photo galleries, video interviews and live blogs straight from the ceremony at the O2 Academy Brixton, head to our awards index at NME.COM/awards now.

Plus NME Radio is broadcasting live straight from the awards – tune in via Sky Channel 0184, Virgin Media 975, Freesat 727 or NME.COM/radio. NME TV will also have highlights and interviews from the awards, head to NME.COM/nmetv for the full schedule.

There will also be a highlights show on Channel 4 on Friday (February 27) at 7.30pm (GMT) and on Saturday (28) at 10.55am.

Meanwhile, get this week’s issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive covers CD featuring this year’s Godlike Geniuses, The Cure. The awards review issue itself will be on the shelves from next Wednesday (March 4), boasting exclusive interviews, photos and more.

The Cure will headline the Shockwaves NME Awards Big Gig at the O2 Arena in London on February 26, with NME.COM again bringing you full coverage.