Monday, October 16, 2006

Q Awards catch the Arctic Monkey tails

Remember when it was Arctic Monkeys everywhere you looked? Now it's just starting to look a little bit silly, as more and more prize ceremonies come round and feel obliged to acknowledge that all the other prize ceremonies have given the band prizes, even although they've been around long enough now to have let everyone have a good hard look and realise "actually, they're alright, but... well, they're not that special, are they?"

It's a little bit like being the Princess Diana fountain for the Q Awards, then, catching a national mood long since evaporated and about which we're all slightly ashamed; coming up with a shortlist stuffed with monkey nominations just as the nation is starting to scratch its head and go "what was all that about anyway?"

The Q nominations in full are:

Best New Act:
Lily Allen
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Kooks
Arctic Monkeys

Best Track:
Chasing Cars - Snow Patrol
Crazy - Gnarls Barkley
I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - Scissor Sisters
Never Be Lonely - The Feeling
I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor - The Arctic Monkeys

Best Live Act:
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Arctic Monkeys

Best Album:
Black Holes and Revelations - Muse
Empire - Kasabian
Under The Iron Sea - Keane
Razorlight - Razorlight
Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not - Arctic Monkeys
Eyes Open - Snow Patrol

Best Video:
When You Were Young - The Killers
I Don't Feel Like Dancin' - the Scissor Sisters
Empire - Kasabian
Smiley Faces - Gnarls Barkley
Why Won't You Give Me Your Love? - The Zutons

Best Act In The World Today:
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Good lord, if I were the editor of Q I'd be suggesting we re-open nominations, as frankly that makes the magazine sound like it's produced in the back of Ken Bruce's head. Snow Patrol? U2? Orson? Orson? Oh bloody hell.

No wonder the magazine makes mention that the ceremony is "untelevised". In an age where the proliferation of music TV means it's impossible for Bagthorpe Sixth Form College to award the winners of its Battle of the Bands night without fielding two bids for live coverage, and with Q having its own network, the lack of TV coverage looks more like a bid to keep the horror out of sight.

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