Q AWARDS 2010
With RUSSIAN STANDARD VODKA
Vote now at: www.qthemusic.com
Q, the UK’s biggest music magazine, celebrates 21 years of the now notorious and star-studded Q Awards on Monday, 25th October, and voting starts NOW at http://www.qthemusic.com/.
Once again the nominations embrace the best in music. Plan B, one of the year’s biggest success stories, and Arcade Fire, whose new album The Suburbs has garnered rave reviews across the board, lead the way with three nominations each.
Reflecting the vibrancy of the UK’s music scene right now, the likes of Florence And The Machine, Kasabian, Mumford & Sons, Muse, The XX, Gorillaz and Biffy Clyro are also all nominated for multiple awards.
In keeping with Q’s commitment to champion great music as it happens, this year three new categories are introduced to the Awards. Lady Gaga and Florence And The Machine, both of whom have graced the Q cover this year, are among those battling it out for the inaugral Best Female Artist award. Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, receiving his very first nomination as a solo artist, Paolo Nutini, Dizzee Rascal and Paul Weller all line up for Best Male Artist.
The Q Awards 2010 will also herald the most exciting new talent for the year ahead for the first time with the Next Big Thing award. The nominations for this will be announced shortly.
Having this year already unveiled world exclusive encounters and unparalleled access to the likes of Lady Gaga, Gorillaz, Florence And The Machine, Muse, Kings Of Leon and Jay-Z on its cover, and via Q Review, the world’s biggest music review section, Q magazine continues to bring its readers closer than anyone to music now. The year’s biggest exclusive, and the full list of Q Awards results, will feature in the issue on sale 26 October.
Q Editor-In-Chief Paul Rees says:
“This year more than ever, the Q Awards is honouring the people who’ve made the music that has mattered most in the past 12 month, as well as celebrating our musical icons. There are more voted-for awards than ever too, emphasising that the Q Awards, uniquely, are the people’s choice. I’m delighted to say that the quality and variety of the acts nominated this year testifies strongly to the fact that music right now is as vibrant and exciting as it’s ever been.”
After 20 years of sartorial and general madness, the Q Awards have been described as “the world’s highest concentration of musical talent and fame in one room”. The 21st anniversary of the event will maintain this fine tradition.
Q Awards 2010 with Russian Standard Vodka will take place at Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London W1 and will again highlight the unique breadth and currency of Q’s musical world. For the second year running the irrepressible Al Murray – Pub Landlord will host the ceremony.
The full Q Awards 2010 nominations, as voted for by Q’s legions of print, online, TV and radio fans, is as follows:
Breakthrough Artist Presented By Red Stripe
Best New Act
Mumford & Sons
Two Door Cinema Club
Arcade Fire – We Used To Wait
Biffy Clyro – The Captain
Chase & Status – End Credits (ft. Plan B)
Gorillaz – Stylo
Vampire Weekend – Giving Up The Gun
Best Live Act
Best Album Presented by Ravenswood Wine
Arcade Fire – The Suburbs
Gorillaz – Plastic Beach
Paul Weller – Wake Up The Nation
Plan B – The Defamation Of Strickland Banks
The National – High Violet
Best Track Presented By Barclaycard Unwind
Biffy Clyro – The Captain
Florence And The Machine – You’ve Got The Love
Mumford & Sons – The Cave
Owl City – Fireflies
The XX – VCR
Best Female Artist
Corinne Bailey Rae
Florence And The Machine
Best Male Artist
Best Act In The World Today Presented By RSV
Kings Of Leon
Next Big Thing
To be announced shortly.
Interviews taken from the 2009 Q Awards: