Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Q Awards: Paolo Nutini, you say?

Obviously, you'd expect the response from this corner to be fairly cynical about the Q Awards, handed out last night. And, true enough, the would-have-been-interesting-twelve-months-ago Mumford & Sons best "new" act prize; the award for Bryan Ferry to promote the new album; Kasabian crowned 'best band in the world today' and the belief that Paolo Nutini is not just an artist, but the best male artist; all this conspires to suggest that Q is a cold and confused place.

So let's instead praise them for what they got right: one of their sixteen or seventeen lifetime achievement awards going to Neil Finn - making him the first man in history to pick up an award from a national magazine and be an answer on BBC Four's Only Connect on the same evening. It's nice to see someone who hasn't been lifetime-achievement-awarded to death getting a bit of stage time.

Those winners in full, then:

Breakthrough Artist Plan B

Best New Act Mumford & Sons

Hall Of Fame Takes That

Best Track Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love

Q Classic Songwriter Neil Finn

Q Inspiration Suede

Best Live Act Green Day

Best Video Chase & Status - End Credits (ft. Plan B)

Q Next Big Thing Clare Maguire

Q Idol Madness

Q Hero The Chemical Brothers

Q Best Male Paolo Nutini

Q Best Female Florence Welch

Q Innovation In Sound Mark Ronson

Best Album The National - High Violet

Best Act In The World Today Kasabian

Q Icon Bryan Ferry

Q Classic Album Band On The Run - Wings



Simon said...

You'll also notice that there's interviews with all the winners in the Q published today, so they can't have even gone into the ceremony without knowing whether they'd won or not.

david said...

"Best Track Florence And The Machine - You've Got The Love"

Misprint there surely? Shouldnt't that have read 'Worst cover version of the year award'?

Anonymous said...

Isn't it amazing how many of the approximately 244 lifetime achievement winners have release out now or soon. Off the top of my head there's a new best of suede & crowded house soon, a lot of Madness reissues this year, Band on the Run with ultramegadisc coming soon, Bryan Ferry's latest only came out last month and it's not that long since the most recent Chemical Brothers. One could be pretty cynical about their choices.

Anonymous said...

Well done to Paolo, he is a well deserved winner of best male artist! Anyone who has been to his concerts knows how fantastic he is live, singing with his extraordinary soulful,raspy voice with energy and a great passion for his music. In time, I have no doubt Paolo Nutini will prove his greatness to those who don't yet get him.....he is unique and will be around for a long time!!

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