Blur and Stone Roses top Q Award nominations

Reunited acts Blur and The Stone Roses are to battle it out for the title of best band in the world at this year's Q Awards.

The groups line up against Coldplay, Lady Gaga and Muse for the accolade when the event takes place next month.

Blur and the Roses - who both reformed for eagerly anticipated summer shows - are both shortlisted for two titles, along with Noel Gallagher and Florence + The Machine's Florence Welch.

The best live act prize will be fought for by The Cribs, Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen, with Blur and Stone Roses again going head-to-head in that category.

Up for best album are 'El Camino' by The Black Keys, 'Standing At The Sky's Edge' by Richard Hawley, 'Given To The Wild' by The Maccabees, 'Sonik Kicks' by Paul Weller and Bobby Womack's 'The Bravest Man In The Universe'.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony on October 2, hosted by comic Al Murray.

Q editor Andrew Harrison said: "It's been the most incredible year for British music.

"Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics into the greatest music event on Earth. And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our greatest musicians.

"All the nominees for this year's Q Awards helped make 2012 an absolutely unforgettable year."

A number of honorary awards will also be presented on the day.

The full list of nominees is as follows:

:: Q best new act:

Alabama Shakes

Alt J

Django Django

Lianne La Havas

Frank Ocean

:: Best track:

Florence + The Machine - 'Shake It Out'

Fun - 'We Are Young'

Gotye - 'Somebody That I Used To Know'

Plan B - 'Ill Manors'

Rizzle Kicks - 'Mama Do The Hump'

:: Best album

The Black Keys - 'El Camino'

Richard Hawley - 'Standing At The Sky's Edge'

The Maccabees - 'Given To The Wild'

Paul Weller - 'Sonik Kicks'

Bobby Womack - 'The Bravest Man In The Universe'

:: Best live act:


The Cribs


Bruce Springsteen

The Stone Roses

:: Best video

Arctic Monkeys - 'R U Mine?'

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - 'Everybody's On The Run'

Keane - 'Disconnected'

The Killers - 'Runaways'

Nicki Minaj - 'Starships'

:: Best solo artist


Dizzee Rascal

Noel Gallagher

Emeli Sande

Florence Welch

:: Best act in the world today:



Lady Gaga


The Stone Roses

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