This year’s Q Awards have taken place, with Muse named the Best Act in the World Today and Kasabian winning the best album prize.

Other winners included White Lies (Best New Act) and Mr Hudson (Breakthrough Act). We are unsure what the difference is between these awards.

Arctic Monkeys got the nod for Best Live Act while Lily Allen, one of Q’s favourite artists and regular page-fillers in the magazine, took Best Track for The Fear.

Hilariously, the reformed Spandau Ballet picked up the Q Idol prize, with Sonic Youth, U2, Edwyn Collins and Cat Stevens (or Yusuf Islam as he prefers to be known now) all also recognised for their former glories. Call us cynics, but we reckon Collins was only in the minds of the judges following his recent recovery from a stroke rather than for his work with Orange Juice.

Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant picked up the Outstanding Contribution to Music award and we wouldn’t be surprised if he was embarrassed by the lack of quality in his fellow award winners.

The full list of winners, handily split into current, relevant awards and the ceremony-fillers:

Best New Act: White Lies
Breakthrough Artist: Mr. Hudson
Best Track: Lily Allen: The Fear
Best Video: Lady Gaga: Just Dance
Best Live Act: Arctic Monkeys
Best Album: Kasabian: West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum
Best Act in the World Today: Muse
Classic Song: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Relax
Q Classic Album: U2: The Unforgettable Fire
Innovation In Sound: Sonic Youth
Classic Songwriter: Yusuf Islam
The Q Idol: Spandau Ballet
Outstanding Contribution to Music: Robert Plant
The Q Inspiration Award: The Specials
The Q Icon: Marianne Faithfull
The Q Legend: Edwyn Collins

This article was written for TMM.

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