In a world of disappearing music magazines, it’s perhaps surprising that Q is still running. Not having read it for about a decade, I’ve no idea, but it used to be pretty good – they always had a wonderfully flippant attitude and open-minded review section. I wonder if that’s still true…
Anyway, their award ceremony is still going, and happened last night at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London, hosted by pub landlord Al Murray, with lots of awards with almost identical names. The full list of nominations and winners follow.
Q Best New Act presented by Merc
Actually presented by Nick Grimshaw. Nominees:
- Alabama Shakes
- Django Django
- Lianne La Havas
- Frank Ocean
Winner: Django Django.
Q Best Track presented by Q Radio
Presented by Chas Smash out of Madness and his daughter. Nominees:
- Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
- Fun – We Are Young
- Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
- Plan B – Ill Manors
- Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump
Winner: Plan B.
Q Best Album presented by Red Stag by Jim Beam
Actually presented by Example. Nominees:
- The Black Keys – El Camino
- Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
- The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
- Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
- Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
Winner: Bobby Womack.
Q Best Live Act presented by Zeo
Presented by The Horrors. Nominees:
- The Cribs
- Bruce Springsteen
- The Stone Roses
Q Best Video presented by Café de Paris
- Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
- Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run
- Keane – Disconnected
- The Killers – Runaways
- Nicki Minaj – Starships
Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroen
- Dizzee Rascal
- Noel Gallagher
- Emeli Sandé
- Florence Welch
Winner: Emeli Sandé.
Q Best Act In The World Today
Presented by Kylie Minogue. Nominees:
- Lady Gaga
- The Stone Roses
Q Classic Song
Presented by Tim Burgess.
Winner: Dionne Warwick – Walk on By.
Presented by the original Sugababes, although that may not be what they’re called at the moment.
Winner: Brandon Flowers out of The Killers.
Q Spirit of Independence
Presented by Matt Berry and Rachel Riley.
Winner: The Cribs.
Q Innovation in Sound presented by Beats By Dr Dre
Presented by Danny Boyle.
Q Inspiration Award
Presented by Mrs. John Peel Sheila Ravenscroft and Richard Herring off of the 1990s.
Q Icon Award
Presented by Geno Washington.
Winner: Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Fascinating beard.
Q Classic Album
Presented by Alice Cooper.
Winner: Manic Street Preachers – Generation Terrorists.
Winner: Johnny Marr.