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Monday, October 30, 2006

Awards Presented To Musicians During Ceremony

Oasis won Best Act in the World Today at the Q Awards in London today, while Muse won Best Live Act.

Anthony Mandler directed the The Killers' video for "When You Were Young". Tim Burton presented the award to the band, and by a nonshocking noncoincidence, he also directed their latest video.

It's not all about sheer promotional value, or the Killers wouldn't consent to that video being taken down from YouTube... unless they and/or their record label think making vigorous efforts to stop fans from spreading promotional videos (much like a virus!) is somehow in the bands' best interests. The Q Award-winning video is also being removed from the site. The Killers don't want you to see it, so it's not posted here. My suggestion is that if you think that sucks, don't buy anything by the band or see them in concert. Don't financially support the group if you think their policies blow.

The awards for Oasis, Muse, and the Killers were chosen by Q readers, but such a plethora of awards were chosen by Q itself that there might have been a risk that no one was going to leave the ceremony without a Q Award.

The Awards have many iffy elements -- from corporate-sponsored awards to presenters chosen with the winners in mind. But then this is an award presentation ceremony, and not intended to be surprising. Perhaps we should be grateful that the event is not televised.

Because the audience loses some entertainment from missing a surprise at who wins each award, they might appreciate the surprise factor of seeing who will trash who. Arctic Monkeys' Alex Turner takes early (dis)honors this year, though more reports of nasty comments are likely. Turner trashed Take That. He also made a gay joke about Boy George, though to give him the benefit of the doubt, it's hard to tell if in the context of the ceremony it was not obnoxious, and, why, not even annoyingly laddish. Earlier, "Karma Chameleon" had won The Q Classic Song Award, and Take That the Q Idol Award. Arctic Monkeys also reportedly "refused to pose for pictures with other artists."

Oasis' Noel Gallagher said his brother Liam took his kids to the zoo instead of going to the awards, and said, "The monkeys are bringing their kids to have a look at him." By Oasis standards, that's pretty darn mild.

The Q Award Winners:

Best New Act: (Presented by Edith Bowman and Danny McNamara)

Lily Allen
Corinne Bailey Rae
The Kooks
Arctic Monkeys

Best Track: (Presented by Larry Mullen)

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

Best Live Act: (Presented by Emily Eavis)

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Arctic Monkeys

Best Album: (Presented by Sugababes)

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

Best Video: (Presented By Tim Burton)

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

Best Act In The World Today: (Presented by Ricky Tomlinson)

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Oasis - Acquiesce (available on The Masterplan, etc.)

Oasis - I Am The Walrus (Live) (from Q's Lennon Covered #1 CD, a studio version is a B-side on the "Cigarettes & Alcohol" single, an edited version is on The Masterplan)

The People's Choice Award: (Presented by Jonathan Ross)

Winner: Arctic Monkeys

Award Winners Chosen By Q:

The Q Inspiration Award (Presented by Girls Aloud)
Winner: a-ha

a-ha - Less Than Pure (available on Lifelines)

The Q Outstanding Contribution To Music Award (Presented by Jay Kay)
Winner: Smokey Robinson

The Q Groundbreaker Award (Presented by Russell Brand)
Winner: Primal Scream

The Q Icon Award (Presented by James Dean Bradfield)
Winner: Jeff Lynne (ELO frontman)

The Q Idol Award (Presented by Jonathan Ross)
Winner: Take That

The Q Outstanding Performance Award (Presented by Danny Rampling)
Winner: Faithless

The Q Classic Songwriter Award (Presented by Paul Weller)
Winner: Noel Gallagher

The Q Lifetime Achievement Award (Presented by Moby)
Winner: Peter Gabriel

The Q Merit Award (Presented by John Cale and
Johnny Borell)
Winner: Manic Street Preachers

The Q Innovation In Sound Award (Presented by Jonathan Ross)
Winner: The Edge

The Q Classic Song Award (Presented by Jamelia)
Winner: Culture Club for Karma Chameleon

The Q Classic Songwriter Award (Presented by Paul Weller)

Winner: Noel Gallagher

The Q Legend Award (Presented by Muse's Matt Bellamy)
Winner: The Who

The Q Award Of Awards (Presented by Q Editor Paul Rees)
Winner: U2


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