Q honours the best music of the last 12 months at one of the most prestigious and star-studded dates on the music calendar, The Q Awards 2012.
One of the most anticipated events on the music calendar, the awards took place this afternoon at London’s Grosvenor Hotel and were once again hosted by Al Murray in the guise of his alter-ego The Pub Landlord. Star guest presenters including Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw, Olympics Opening Ceremony director Danny Boyle and rock’n’roll zombie Alice Cooper handed over a total of 15 awards – celebrating the very best music of the last year.
Among the big winners were BLUR who bagged Best Live Act (presented by Zeo) for their blistering Summer shows. EMELI SANDÉ received the Best Solo Artist gong (presented by Citroën) beating Noel Gallagher and Adele. MUSE took home Best Act In The World Today fighting off The Stone Roses, Lady Gaga and Coldplay. PLAN B, celebrating his birthday on the day of the awards, won Best Track for his controversial single ill Manors, the reformed PULP got the Q Inspiration Award, Smiths legend JOHNNY MARR was honoured as Q HERO and Olympic Opening Ceremony sonic architects UNDERWORLD were awarded Q Innovation in Sound (presented by Beats by Dr Dre). The full list of this years winners follows below.
Commenting on this year’s awards, Q’s Editor Andrew Harrison said: “It’s been the most incredible year for British music. Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics. A string of great albums announced fantastic new talent on the scene. And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our best-loved musicians. Q is proud to raise a glass (perhaps a bottle of our very own Q Red Label Beer) to salute the artists that make Britain the world capital of rock and roll.”
The legendary monthly magazine celebrating everything that’s great in rock and roll, Q has a built an international reputation for quality amongst fans, musicians and the music industry in its glittering 26-year history. With world-beating exclusives, outstanding production values and an inimitable sense of humour, Q shapes the UK music scene. It has featured the world’s biggest stars – from U2 to Adele, Oasis to Rihanna and Radiohead to Lady Gaga and more – on its landmark covers, and creates new stars every month. With Q’s online presence, a new interactive iPad edition, social media, Q Radio, live events and of course the world famous annual Q Awards, the message is everywhere: music sounds better with Q.
Below is the full listing of this year’s winners as voted for by readers, online followers and Q’s resident musical experts.
Q Awards 2012 THE WINNERS
Q BEST NEW ACT PRESENTED BY MERC
DJANGO DJANGO WINNER
LIANNE LA HAVAS
BEST TRACK PRESENTED BY Q RADIO
GOTYE Somebody That I Used To Know
PLAN B Ill Manors WINNER
FLORENCE AND THE MACHINE Shake It Out
RIZZLE KICKS Mama Do The Hump
FUN We Are Young
BEST ALBUM PRESENTED BY RED STAG BY JIM BEAM
PAUL WELLER Sonik Kicks
THE BLACK KEYS El Camino
BOBBY WOMACK The Bravest Man In The Universe WINNER
RICHARD HAWLEY Standing At The Sky’s Edge
THE MACCABEES Given To The Wild
BEST LIVE ACT PRESENTED BY ZEO
THE STONE ROSES
BEST VIDEO PRESENTED BY CAFÉ DE PARIS
THE KILLERS Runaways
KEANE Disconnected WINNER
ARCTIC MONKEYS R U Mine?
NICKI MINAJ Starships
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS Everybody’s On The Run
BEST SOLO ARTIST PRESENTED BY CITROëN
EMELI SANDÉ WINNER
BEST ACT IN THE WORLD TODAY
THE STONE ROSES
Q CLASSIC SONG
DIONNE WARWICK ‘WALK ON BY’
Q SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE
Q INNOVATION IN SOUND presented by Beats By Dr Dre
Q INSPIRATION AWARD
Q ICON AWARD
Q CLASSIC ALBUM
MANIC STREET PREACHERS ‘GENERATION TERRORISTS’
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