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  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 October 2008

Coldplay win big at Q Awards

Coldplay were the big winners at this year's Q Awards taking home two prizes from Monday afternoon's ceremony (06.10.08)

Coldplay were the big winners at this year's Q Awards.

The 'Yellow' hitmakers picked up two accolades at this afternoon's (06.10.08) ceremony, taking home the Best Album prize for 'Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends'.

They also beat off stiff competition from Oasis, Muse, veteran heavy metal band Metallica and US stars Kings of Leon to be named the Best Act in the World Today.

Upon collecting their statuette, an apologetic Chris Martin said: "I don't think we're the best act in the room, let alone the world."

However, they missed out in the Best Track and Best Video categories, seeing 'Violet Hill' lose out to Keane's 'Spiralling' and Vampire Weekend's 'A-Punk' respectively.

Arctic Monkeys star Alex Turner saw his side project The Last Shadow Puppets beat The Ting Tings, Vampire Weekend, Glasvegas and Fleet Foxes in the Best New Act category, while 'Mercy' singer Duffy saw off competition from Adele, Gabriella Cilmi, Santogold and Bon Iver to take Best Breakthrough.

The prestigious Q Icon award went to 'Prince Charming' singer Adam Ant and Grace Jones - who was wearing a black eye mask complete with two lights - was named Q Idol at the ceremony, which was held by the British music magazine at London's Grosvenor House hotel.

Other winners included John Mellencamp, who was named Q Classic Songwriter, Kaiser Chiefs, who left with Best Live Act, and Massive Attack, who were recognised for Innovation In Sound.

Meatloaf - who arrived on the red carpet looking dishevelled, was unsteady on his feet and spoke incoherently, later blaming medication for a torn retina for his strange behaviour - was presented with the Q Classic Song gong for his 1979 hit 'Bat Out Of Hell'.

Presenter Alan Carr joked: "Meatloaf was a bit worse for wear when he came on. He was on medication, so I'm told - but that's what they all say!

"He tipped forward and almost fell off the stage and I actually saved him! I saved his life!"

Travis frontman Fran Healy added: "It was a shame when Meatloaf came up to get his award from Al Murray, because Meatloaf's not been well. It was like two worlds colliding, it was kind of like, 'What the f**k?' "

Pink Floyd's David Gilmour was honoured with the Outstanding Contribution to British Music award, and in an emotional acceptance speech, the guitarist paid tribute to his late bandmate Rick Wright - who died last month after losing his battle with cancer.

Gilmour said: "I'd like to dedicate this award to Rick Wright, my colleague and old friend, who died a couple of weeks ago and with whom I had worked for 40-odd years.

"That's now come to an end and there's all sorts of music that I will not be able to play again without him. That's a source of sadness for me.

"He deserves this as much as I do. His work was mighty important."

Q Awards 2008 full winners list:

Best New Act

The Last Shadow Puppets

Breakthrough Artist


Best Track

Keane - 'Spiralling'

Best Video

Vampire Weekend - 'A-Punk'

Q Classic Songwriter

John Mellencamp

Q Classic Song

Meat Loaf - 'Bat Out Of Hell'

Q Inspiration

Cocteau Twins

Q Legend

Glen Campbell

Best Live Act

Kaiser Chiefs

Best Album

Coldplay - 'Viva La Vida, Or Death And All His Friends'

Q Innovation In Sound

Massive Attack

Q Icon

Adam Ant

Q Idol

Grace Jones

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music

David Gilmour

Best Act In The World Today


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