Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Q Awards: Victory for slippers

Probably the most telling aspect of the Q Awards was Corrine Bailey Rae's prize for best newcomer. If you didn't know her debut album came out in the last twelve months, you'd assume that she had been around since the year dot. Possibly working under the name Sade.

That most of the other prizes went so completely to people whose faces we've grown more than accustomed to suggests the problem with Q these days: ridiculed in its first months as being backward-looking, it's grown to actually fit the insults over the last twenty years. The magazine has taken new bands to its heart, but only providing they sound like they could have already been going a lifetime when the title launched.

And giving prizes to the Arctic Monkeys adds to the effect: the "new" band people who haven't been to a gig since 1987 reach for when they want to show they've still got a toe in the water.

The winners, in full, then:

BEST NEW ACT

Voted for by the readers of Q

Nominees:
1. Lily Allen
2. Corinne Bailey Rae
3. The Kooks
4. Arctic Monkeys
5. Orson

Winner: Corinne Bailey Rae

BEST TRACK
Voted for by the readers of Q

Nominees:
1. Chasing Cars by Snow Patrol
2. Crazy by Gnarls Barkley
3. I Don't Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters
4. Never Be Lonely by The Feeling
5. I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor by Arctic Monkeys

Winner: Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

BEST VIDEO
Voted for by the viewers of QTV
Nominees:
1. When You Were Young by The Killers
2. I Don't Feel Like Dancing by Scissor Sisters
3. Empire by Kasabian
4. Smiley Faces by Gnarls Barkley
5. Why Won't You Give Me Your Love? by The Zutons

Winner: The Killers

THE Q INSPIRATION AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: A-ha

THE Q OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTION TO MUSIC AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Smokey Robinson

THE Q GROUNDBREAKER AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Primal Scream

THE Q ICON AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine

Winner: Jeff Lynne

THE Q IDOL AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Take That

THE Q OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Faithless

THE Q CLASSIC SONGWRITER AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Noel Gallagher

THE Q LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Peter Gabriel

THE Q MERIT AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Manic Street Preachers

THE Q INNOVATION IN SOUND AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: The Edge

THE Q CLASSIC SONG AWARD

Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: Culture Club for Karma Chameleon

BEST LIVE ACT
Chosen by the readers of Q

Nominees:
1. Oasis
2. Razorlight
3. Muse
4. Red Hot Chili Peppers
5. Arctic Monkeys

Winner: Muse

Nominees:
1. Black Holes And Revelations by Muse
2. Empire by Kasabian
3. Under The Iron Sea by Keane
4. Razorlight by Razorlight
5. Whatever People Say I Am That's What I'm Not by Arctic Monkeys
6. Eyes Open by Snow Patrol

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD
Most votes polled this year
Winner: Arctic Monkeys


BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY
Nominees:
1. Muse
2. Coldplay
3. Oasis
4. U2
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Chosen by the readers of Q magazine
Winner: Oasis

THE Q LEGEND AWARD
Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: The Who


THE Q AWARD OF AWARDS
Chosen by Q magazine
Winner: U2


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

the staff of Q are clueless posh twats who don't like music. this comes across in the magazine and the awards.

Anonymous said...

Q Staff - too bland for NME, too thick for the Independent

dickvandyke said...

Q has become 'Hello' for the Starbucks generation. They were incredibly slow in picking up on the Arctic Monkeys.

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