Q Awards name Muse as world's best act

Recently-split Oasis lost out to Muse, which was named best act in the world today at this year’s Q Awards.

Recently-split Oasis lost out to Muse, which was named best act in the world today at this year’s Q Awards.

Oasis, whose guitarist Noel Gallagher quit in August, was also up for the award against Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, and Coldplay.

The band also missed out in the best live act award category, which was scooped by the Arctic Monkeys, following a battle with acts such as U2, Blur and Take That.

Florence & The Machine was one of the leaders in the nominations with three nods, including breakthrough artist, best video and best album, but the act left empty-handed.

Lady GaGa’s catchy 'Just Dance' won best video, but she was beaten in the breakthrough artist category by Mr Hudson.

Lily Allen won best track for her hit 'The Fear', which gave her her second number one single.

Indie rockers Kasabian beat acts including Arctic Monkeys, U2 and The Prodigy to win best album, for the Mercury Prize-nominated West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.

Music legends whose influence spanned the generations were also honoured.

Robert Plant won the outstanding contribution to music award, while Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens, received the classic songwriter gong.

Jarvis Cocker presented the Q icon award to Marianne Faithfull, while The Specials picked up an inspiration award.

Q editor-in-chief Paul Rees said: “Q remains proud of the fact that its awards recognising musical achievement and excellence during the past 12 months are decided by the nation’s music fans, who once again have voted in their thousands.

“We are equally delighted to honour the enduring influence of those artists who have shaped our musical landscape and continue to do so.

“Collectively, I hope the awards not only highlight the unique breadth of Q’s musical world but also the fact that great music remains timeless, enduring and ongoing.”

U2’s 'The Unforgettable Fire' received the classic album award – and Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s 'Relax', which had an unofficial Radio 1 ban, was named a classic song.

'Relax', released 25 years ago, was masterminded by producer and former Buggles star Trevor Horn, who created its over-the-top sound and released it on his new label ZTT.

The song found infamy when then Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Mike Read realised what it was about and refused to continue playing it.

Spandau Ballet, who recently got back together, received the Q idol gong and Edwyn Collins was named a Q legend, picking up his award from The Cribs.

White Lies received a best new act award from synth pop hero Gary Numan, while Sonic Youth won an accolade for innovation in sound.

Here are the winners of the Q Awards 2009, with Russian Standard Vodka:

:: Best new act

White Lies

:: Breakthrough artist

Mr Hudson

:: Best video

Just Dance – Lady GaGa

:: The Q idol

Spandau Ballet

:: The Q inspiration award

The Specials

:: Innovation in sound

Sonic Youth

:: Q classic album

The Unforgettable Fire – U2

:: Best track

The Fear – Lily Allen

:: The Q icon

Marianne Faithfull

:: Classic song

Relax – Frankie Goes To Hollywood

:: Q legend

Edwyn Collins

:: Best live act

Arctic Monkeys

:: Classic songwriter

Yusuf Islam, formerly known as Cat Stevens

:: Outstanding contribution to music

Robert Plant

:: Best album

West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum – Kasabian

:: Best act in the world today


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