Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil first winner of Fender Play Award at Q Awards

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 10 October 2018
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Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil

Biffy Clyro frontman Simon Neil has been announced as the first ever recipient of the Fender Play Award at this year's Q Awards 2018

Biffy Clyro's Simon Neil has been announced as the first ever recipient of the Fender Play Award at this year's Q Awards 2018.

The new prize has been created to celebrate an artist at the forefront of guitar music today who have used their ability with the instrument to make innovative music and inspire the next generation.

Scottish rocker Simon has been chosen to get the award – which is named after Fender's digital tool Fender Play, a learning app guitar, bass and ukulele – for his guitar skills and incredible achievements with hard rock band Biffy Clyro who have released seven studio albums during their two decade spanning career and become one of the must-watch live bands in the world.

Speaking about Simon and Biffy Clyro's impact on guitar music, Ted Kessler – Editor of Q Magazine – said: "Biffy Clyro are one of rock's most compelling groups and Q has been there every step of the way as they've turned into one of the UK's biggest bands. At their core is Simon Neil, a frontman who possesses the perfect blend of raw emotion and rock'n'roll charisma, the sort of figurehead who inspires the next generation to pick up a guitar. We're very excited that Simon is the first recipient of our inaugural Fender Play award, a prize that will be reserved for only the most trailblazing talents in modern guitar music."

And Andy Mooney – Fender CEO – added: "Simon Neil represents the very definition of a contemporary guitar hero – someone who's equally at ease playing his road worn Strat on a major arena stage as he is playing an intimate acoustic set to Biffy Clyro's devoted fan base. Simon's guitar is part of him and fundamental to how he composes in-studio and performs live. The Fender Play Q Award has been created to honour musicians like Simon who continue to push the creative limits of guitar driven music and inspire all of us to pick one up and begin our own musical journey. We are proud to celebrate his achievements at the Q Awards, where guitar legends have been celebrated in all of their glory for nearly three decades."

The Q Awards, now in their 28th year, take place on October 17 at The Roundhouse in Camden, London, and The 1975, Christine and the Queens and the Arctic Monkeys lead the nominations.

Full list of Q Awards 2018 nominations:

Breakthrough Act

  • Amyl & The Sniffers
  • Goat Girl
  • Tom Grennan
  • The Magic Gang
  • IDLES
  • Bugzy Malone
  • Nakhane
  • Novelist
  • Nadine Shah
  • Jorja Smith
  • Rejjie Snow

Best Track

  • 'Love It If We Made It' – The 1975
  • 'This Is America' – Childish Gambino
  • 'Girlfriend' – Christine & The Queens
  • 'The Man' – Goat Girl
  • 'Make Me Feel' – Janelle Monae
  • 'Bells & Circles' – Underworld & Iggy Pop

Best Album

  • 'Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino' – Arctic Monkeys
  • 'Hunter' – Anna Calvi
  • 'Who Built The Moon?' – Noel Gallagher
  • 'Joy As An Act Of Resistance' – IDLES
  • 'Marauder' – Interpol
  • 'I'm All Ears' – Let's Eat Grandma

Best Live Act

  • David Byrne
  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  • Liam Gallagher
  • Stefflon Don
  • Taylor Swift
  • Wolf Alice

Best Solo Artist

  • Christine & The Queens
  • Drake
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Janelle Monae
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Sophie

Best Act In The World Today

  • The 1975
  • Arctic Monkeys
  • Florence & The Machine
  • Kendrick Lamar
  • St Vincent
  • Paul Weller

Best Festival/Event

  • All Points East
  • British Summertime
  • Isle of Wight Festival
  • Latitude Festival
  • RIZE Festival
  • Spotify Presents: Who We Be

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