Q magazine, tonight unveiled the nominations for the audience voted categories for The Q Awards 2015, in association with Absolute Radio.
The awards will take place on Monday 19 October 2015 and will be hosted by Christian O’Connell for the second year running. Indeed, the unique partnership between Q and Absolute Radio now reaches an audience of in excess of two million ardent music fans. Voting is open NOW at www.QtheMusic.com/Q/Awards.
Leading the nominations, with three apiece, are Florence + The Machine, Foals, Ed Sheeran and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds who will all battle it out on the night for the music industry’s most prestigious awards.
With the massive return of Blur and their surprise album The Magic Whip this year, the Britpop favourites find themselves nominated for two awards for Best Album, presented by JBL, and Best Act In The World Today, presented by Queen’s Bohemian Lager. The return also reignites an old battle as in both categories they go head-to-head with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Also in the running to take the Best Album gong are Everything Everything – Get To Heaven, Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Jamie XX for In Colour, whose single Sleep Sound won him an award for Best Video at the 2014 awards. Up against Noel and Blur in the category of Best Act In The World Today are Foals, Muse and Ed Sheeran.
Championing new and globally diverse emerging talent, the awards category for Best New Act, presented by Orange Amplification, includes 10 artists. Malian band Songhoy Blues, 19-year-old Northern Irish singer Soak, Liverpool indie quartet Circa Waves, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James Bay, two-piece punk band Slaves, pop-electronica band Years & Years, indie-rockers Wolf Alice, pop’s breakthrough act Jess Glynne, Essex four-piece The Bohicas and Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett are in the running for the award.
The Best Solo Artist, presented by Citroën, will see the world’s greatest artists go head-to-head. The nominees are Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Noel Gallagher.
Foals (What Went Down), The Libertines (Gunga Din), Mark Ronson (Uptown Funk), Florence + The Machine (What Kind Of Man) and New Order (Restless) are all up for an award in the Best Track category, presented by Absolute Radio.
Ed Sheeran is also up for the Best Live Act award, presented by The Cavern Club, alongside Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mumford & Sons and The Libertines. The Nominees for Best Video are Muse for Psycho, Foals – What Went Down, The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face, Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck, Miguel – Coffee.
From today, the public can vote for their favourite artist, track, album or video for each of the following categories at www.Qthemusic.com/Q/Awards
Full list of nominees in voted categories:
Q Best New Act presented by Orange Amplification
Years & Years
Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio
Foals – What Went Down
The Libertines – Gunga Din
Mark Ronson – Uptown Funk
Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
New Order – Restless
Q Best Video
Muse – Psycho
Foals – What Went Down
The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
Florence + The Machine – Ship To Wreck
Miguel – Coffee
Q Best Album, presented by JBL
Jamie XX – In Colour
Everything Everything – Get To Heaven
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Chasing Yesterday
Blur – The Magic Whip
Florence + The Machine – How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful
Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Mumford & Sons
Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën
Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Queen Bohemian Lager
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Q Awards, in association with Absolute Radio, take place on Monday 19 October 2015.
Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access - Sam Smith
Q Maverick - St Vincent
Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio - Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky
Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën - Ed Sheeran
Q Songwriter - Andy Partridge
Q Best Album presented by RAYMOND WEIL - Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything
Q Best Video - Jamie xx – Sleep Sound
Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club - Kasabian
Q Hero - The Charlatans
Q Outstanding Contribution To Music - XL Recordings, collected by Richard Russell
Q Inspiration - Simple Minds
Gibson Les Paul Award - Johnny Marr
Q Classic Album - Pink Floyd – Dark Side Of The Moon
Q Innovation In Sound presented by Xperia Access - Jean Michel Jarre
Q Icon presented by Carling’s Black Label Project - Wilko Johnson
Q Idol - Culture Club
Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Buster + Punch – Kasabian