Q Awards

The Q Awards were the UK's annual music awards run by the music magazine Q. Since they began in 1990, the Q Awards became one of Britain's biggest and best publicised music awards. Locations for the awards ceremony included Abbey Road Studios and, more recently, The Park Lane Ballroom.

Q Awards
Awarded forExcellence in music
CountryUnited Kingdom
Presented byQ
First awarded1990
Last awarded2019
WebsiteQthemusic.com

One of the more notable events of the awards was the ceremony of 2004, at which Elton John accused Madonna of cheating fans by miming on stage, after she had been nominated for a Best Live Act award.[1] The 2001 event, was somewhat notoriously notable for Phill Jupitus stretching out the time it took to announce the "Best Producer" award, with him exclaiming "Best Producer?.... 'Would you like a cowbell in that?'", before being told off camera to get on with announcing the winner.

The Q Awards included many awards recognising a lifetime of achievement, rather than achievements over the year in question. In its last few years, the 'lifetime' awards have usually outnumbered the 'current' awards.

The awards came to an end when the magazine itself ceased publishing in 2020, blaming the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2020 awards ceremony would have been held at the Roundhouse and seen a performance by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.[2] When it was announced that the magazine was closing Heaton was revealed to have donated a large number of money to the magazine's former staff members.[2] As thanks for the generous gift, and for his contributions to music as a songwriter, Heaton was presented with a final Q Award.[2]

ResultsEdit

2019Edit

The winners of 2019 Q Awards are:[3][4]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today The 1975
Best Breakthrough Act Pale Waves
Best Live Performance Michael KiwanukaEnd of the Road Festival
Nominees
Best Solo Act Stormzy
Nominees
Best Track Lewis Capaldi — "Someone You Loved"
Nominees
Best Festival/Event All Points East
Nominees
  • All Points East
  • Glastonbury
  • Latitude
  • Isle Of Wight Festival
  • British Summer Time
  • Reading and Leeds Festival
Best Album FoalsEverything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1
Nominees
  • Eton Alive - Sleaford Mods
  • When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go? - Billie Eilish
  • A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships - The 1975
  • Norman Fucking Rockwell - Lana Del Rey
  • Remind Me Tomorrow - Sharon Van Etten
  • Nothing Great About Britain - Slowthai
  • Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) - Foals
  • Psychodrama - Dave
  • Grey Area - Little Simz
  • Serfs Up - Fat White Family

2018Edit

The winners of 2018 Q Awards are:[5]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Paul Weller
Best Breakthrough Act Goat Girl & Idles
Nominees
Best Live Act Taylor Swift
Best Solo Artist Noel Gallagher
Best Track Underworld and Iggy Pop — "Bells & Circles"
Nominees
Best Album Let's Eat GrandmaI'm All Ears

2017Edit

The winners of 2017 Q Awards are:[6][7]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Ed Sheeran
Best Breakthrough Act Rag'n'Bone Man
Best Live Act Liam Gallagher
Best Solo Artist Stormzy
Best Track Kasabian — "You're in Love with a Psycho"
Best Video Sleaford Mods — "Bunch of Kunst"
Best Album GorillazHumanz

2016Edit

The winners of 2016 Q Awards are:[8]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Muse
Best Live Act U2
Best Breakthrough Act Jack Garratt
Best Solo Artist James Bay
Best Track Bastille — "Good Grief"
Nominees
Best Video PJ Harvey — "The Community of Hope"
Nominees
Best Album The 1975I Like It When You Sleep, for You Are So Beautiful yet So Unaware of It

2015Edit

The winners of 2015 Q Awards are:[9]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Foals
Best Live Act Royal Blood
Best New Act James Bay
Best Solo Artist Ed Sheeran
Best Track The Libertines — "Gunga Din"
Best Video Florence and the Machine — "Ship to Wreck"
Nominees
Best Album Noel Gallagher's High Flying BirdsChasing Yesterday

2014Edit

The winners of 2014 Q Awards are:[10]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Kasabian
Best Live Act Kasabian
Best New Act Sam Smith
Best Solo Artist Ed Sheeran
Best Track Paolo Nutini — "Iron Sky"
Best Video Jamie xx — "Sleep Sound"
Nominees
Best Album ElbowThe Take Off and Landing of Everything

2013Edit

The winners of 2013 Q Awards are:[11]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Vampire Weekend
Best Live Act Foals
Best New Act Jake Bugg
Best Solo Artist Ellie Goulding
Best Track Arctic Monkeys — "Do I Wanna Know?"
Best Video Manic Street Preachers — "Show Me the Wonder"
Best Album Biffy ClyroOpposites

2012Edit

The winners of 2012 Q Awards are:[12]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Muse
Best Live Act Blur
Best New Act Django Django
Best Solo Artist Emeli Sandé
Best Track Plan B — "Ill Manors"
Best Video Keane — "Disconnected"
Best Album Bobby WomackThe Bravest Man in the Universe

2011Edit

The winners of 2011 Q Awards are:[13]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Coldplay
Best Live Act Biffy Clyro
Best New Act WU LYF
Best Breakthrough Artist Ed Sheeran
Best Male Artist Tinie Tempah
Best Female Artist Adele
Best Track Adele — "Rolling in the Deep"
Best Video Jessie J — "Do It like a Dude"
Best Album Bon IverBon Iver, Bon Iver

2010Edit

The winners of 2010 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Kasabian
Best Live Act Green Day
Best New Act Mumford & Sons
Best Breakthrough Artist Plan B
Best Male Artist Paolo Nutini
Best Female Artist Florence and the Machine
Best Track Florence and the Machine — "You've Got The Love"
Best Video Chase & Status — "End Credits"
Best Album The NationalHigh Violet

2009Edit

The winners of 2009 Q Awards are:[14][15]

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Muse
Best Live Act Arctic Monkeys
Best New Act White Lies
Best Breakthrough Artist Mr Hudson
Best Track Lily Allen — "The Fear"
Best Video Lady Gaga — "Just Dance"
Best Album KasabianWest Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum

2008Edit

The winners of 2008 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Coldplay
Best Live Act Kaiser Chiefs
Best New Act The Last Shadow Puppets
Best Breakthrough Artist Duffy
Best Track Keane — "Spiralling"
Best Video Vampire Weekend — "A-Punk"
Best Album Coldplay — "Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends"

2007Edit

The winners of 2007 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Arctic Monkeys
Best Live Act Muse
Best New Act The Enemy
Best Breakthrough Artist Kate Nash
Best Track Manic Street Preachers — "Your Love Alone Is Not Enough"
Best Video Kaiser Chiefs — "Ruby"
Best Album Amy WinehouseBack to Black

2006Edit

The winners of 2006 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Oasis
Best Live Act Muse
Best New Act Corinne Bailey Rae
Best Track Gnarls Barkley — "Crazy"
Best Video The Killers — "When You Were Young"
Best Album Arctic MonkeysWhatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not

2005Edit

The winners of 2005 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Coldplay
Best Live Act U2
Best New Act James Blunt
Best Track KT Tunstall — "Black Horse and the Cherry Tree"
Best Video Gorillaz — "Feel Good Inc."
Best Album OasisDon't Believe the Truth

2004Edit

The winners of 2004 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Red Hot Chili Peppers
Best Live Act Muse
Best New Act Razorlight
Best Track Jamelia — "See It in a Boy's Eyes"
Best Video Franz Ferdinand — "Take Me Out"
Best Album KeaneHopes and Fears

2003Edit

The winners of 2003 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Radiohead
Best Live Act Robbie Williams
Best New Act The Thrills
Best Track Christina Aguilera — "Dirrty"
Best Video Electric Six — "Gay Bar"
Best Album BlurThink Tank

2002Edit

The winners of 2002 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Radiohead
Best Live Act The Hives
Best New Act The Electric Soft Parade
Best Single Sugababes — "Freak like Me"
Best Video Pink — "Get the Party Started"
Best Album ColdplayA Rush of Blood to the Head

2001Edit

The winners of 2001 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Radiohead
Best Live Act Manic Street Preachers
Best New Act Starsailor
Best Single Ash — "Burn Baby Burn"
Best Video Gorillaz — "Clint Eastwood"
Best Album TravisThe Invisible Band

2000Edit

The winners of 2000 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Travis
Best Live Act Oasis
Best New Act Badly Drawn Boy
Best Single David Gray — "Babylon"
Best Video Kelis — "Caught Out There"
Best Album ColdplayParachutes

1999Edit

The winners of 1999 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Blur
Best Live Act Stereophonics
Best New Act Basement Jaxx
Best Single Travis — "Why Does It Always Rain on Me?"
Best Album The Chemical BrothersSurrender

1998Edit

The winners of 1998 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Manic Street Preachers
Best Live Act Roni Size & Reprazent
Best New Act Gomez
Best Single Catatonia — "Road Rage"
Best Album Massive Attack — "Mezzanine"

1997Edit

The winners of 1997 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Oasis
Best Live Act The Prodigy
Best New Act Fun Lovin' Criminals
Best Album RadioheadOK Computer

1996Edit

The winners of 1996 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today Oasis
Best Live Act Pulp
Best New Act Alanis Morissette
Best Album Manic Street PreachersEverything Must Go

1995Edit

The winners of 1995 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today R.E.M.
Best Live Act Oasis
Best New Act Supergrass
Best Album BlurThe Great Escape

1994Edit

The winners of 1994 Q Awards are:

  • Best Producer: Stephen Street
  • Best Reissue/Compilation: Various Artists — The Tougher than Tough
  • Inspiration Award: The Kinks
  • Merit Award: U2
  • Songwriter Award: Morrissey
Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today R.E.M.
Best Live Act Pink Floyd
Best New Act Oasis
Best Album BlurParklife

1993Edit

The winners of 1993 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today U2
Best Live Act Neil Young
Best New Act Suede
Best Album StingTen Summoner's Tales

1992Edit

The winners of 1992 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today U2
Best Live Act Crowded House
Best New Act Tori Amos
Best Album R.E.M.Automatic for the People

1991Edit

The winners of 1991 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today R.E.M. / U2
Best Live Act Simple Minds
Best New Act Seal
Best Album R.E.M.Out of Time

1990Edit

The winners of 1990 Q Awards are:

Award Winner Nominee
Best Act in the World Today U2
Best Live Act The Rolling Stones
Best New Act They Might Be Giants
Best Album World PartyGoodbye Jumbo

CriticismEdit

At the 2006 Q Awards, Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner criticised the choice of Take That for the "Idol" award. Commenting on the winners of the night, he said:

A lot of people make jokes about having awards for no reason just for the sake of having awards, and pretending they were good when they weren't. I'm not old enough to know a lot of them, but even I know Take That were bollocks.[16]

ReferencesEdit

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