Double honour for Oasis and Arctic Monkeys

Arctic Monkeys and Oasis were double winners at the Q Awards today.

Arctic Monkeys and Oasis were double winners at the Q Awards today.

Oasis were named Best Act in the World Today and Noel Gallagher picked up the Classic Songwriter prize.

Brother Liam did not show up and Noel quipped: “He’s gone to the zoo. The monkeys are bringing their kids to go and have a look at him.”

Receiving his songwriter award, he added: “I guess I really should thank our kid for singing all these great songs – but as he’s not here, f*** him.”

The ceremony was held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.

Arctic Monkeys kept up the Q Awards tradition of rock star feuds by having a pop at Take That.

The Sheffield band won the People’s Choice award and Best Album for Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not.

Collecting the awards, front man Alex Turner blasted the organisers for giving Take That the Q Idol award.

“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,” he said.

“I’m not old enough to know a lot of them but even I know that Take That were bo******.”

Other veteran acts picking up awards included A-ha, who got the Q Inspiration award; Jess Lynne, who received the Q Icon award; and Peter Gabriel who won the Q Lifetime Achievement award.

Boy George, fresh from his recent community service stint sweeping streets in New York, won the Q Classic Song award for Karma Chameleon.

He told the audience: “I’m so glad to get this award because it means you now recognise me again as a singer and not a road sweeper.”

Take That were honoured for their pop comeback after a 10-year absence.

Jason Orange said: “We didn’t expect to get back together after 10 years, let alone be at the Q Awards so it’s a pleasure to be here.

“We used to do the Smash Hits awards and all that so it’s nice to be acknowledged by a credible magazine – not that Smash Hits wasn’t credible...”


:: Best New Act – Corinne Bailey Rae

:: Best Track – Crazy by Gnarls Barkley

:: Best Video – When You Were Young by The Killers

:: Q Inspiration Award – A-ha

:: Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – Smokey Robinson

:: Q Groundbreaker Award – Primal Scream

:: Q Icon Award – Jeff Lynne

:: Q Idol Award – Take That

:: Q Outstanding Performance – Faithless

:: Q Innovation in Sound – The Edge

:: Q Classic Songwriter – Noel Gallagher

:: Q Lifetime Achievement Award – Peter Gabriel

:: Q Merit Award – Manic Street Preachers

:: Q Classic Song – Karma Chameleon

:: Best Live Act – Muse

:: Best Album – Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys

:: People’s Choice Award – Arctic Monkeys

:: Best Act In The World Today – Oasis

:: Q Legend Award – The Who

:: Q Award of Awards – U2

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