Q Awards play safe
Coldplay, Oasis, U2 & James Blunt all win10 Oct 05 - The Q Awards delivered few surprises this afternoon, handing out prizes to the biggest bands in Britain, plus no fewer than nine lifetime achievement style trophies.
Their reward was an incredible line-up of stars in attendance for the ceremony at the Grosvenor House hotel, including Nick Cave, Yoko Ono, Ray Davies, Jimmy Page, the Gallaghers, Coldplay, Damon Albarn, New Order, the Bee-Gees and Charlotte Church, all of whom went home with a statue for the trophy cabinet.
Stayers, million-sellers and exports from Cool Britannia dominated the ceremony, with Oasis picking up Best Album and the People's Choice award. Damon Albarn also took home a brace, winning Best Video and Best Producer for his cartoon side-project Gorillaz.
Coldplay were named Best Act In The World Today, prompting Chris Martin to tell the assembled aristocrats of rock that he doesn't "give a f**k" about the people that hate Coldplay, while U2 were handed the accolade of Best Live Act.
With the Gallaghers, the Prodigy, Joy Division and Charlotte Church in attendance Chris stood no chance of walking away with the Most Foul-Mouthed Rock Star award. Liam swore repeatedly in his acceptance speech and on live radio immediately afterwards, but was pipped by Hooky, whose reaction to winning the Q Legend award, was to call the magazine "two-faced c***s who give us bad reviews".
Elsewhere in the 'heritage' section of the ceremony, which seems to gain a new category every year, Paul Weller was lauded for his Outstanding Contribution, Yoko Ono accepted John Lennon's Classic Award, Nick Cave got Classic Songwriter, Jimmy Page was named a Q Icon, Bjork won the Inspiration award, the Bee Gees picked up a Lifetime Achievement trophy, Waterloo Sunset was recognised as a classic song and Micheal Eavis was given a special birthday award for turning 70.
"Some of you probably hate us but I couldn't give a f*** because we're theKT Tunstall took Best Track for Black Horse And The Cherry Tree, The Prodigy won Q Innovation In Sound and James Blunt was named Best New Act.
Best Act In The World." - Chris Martin, Coldplay
Yoko Ono picked up Lennon's Classic award the day after what would have been the former Beatle's 65th birthday. She told the crowd: "I wish he (John) was here today, he would have loved it."
She then recounted how he woke her up one night asking, "Why do they cover Paul's songs but never mine?" telling the audience that she replied "You're a good songwriter. It's not just June with spoon that you write.
"You're a good singer and most musicians are probably a little bit nervous about covering your songs," something which will doubtless be reported as a dig at Macca in the ongoing phoney war so beloved of journalists.
On receiving the award for Best Album, Noel said: "It was a change to not get the token Live Act award for being able to play the guitar ... Best Album, nice one."
After winning Best New Act, Blunt joked: "Sorry about You're Beautiful being killed on the radio."
Ray Davies thanked the "various record companies, the publishers that never let go, the members of the band and the ex-wives that lived through it" when he picked up the Classic Song award.
The much-hyped confrontation between Liam Gallagher and Chris Martin failed to materialise, with Coldplay's frontman saying the only person he hates is George Bush, and telling reporters he's not ready to fight Liam just yet.
He did take the chance to rubbish one of his former critics though, saying "somewhere in the world Alan McGee is having a heart attack. He said we'd never make it".
Jimmy Page, whose solo album is due out early next year, said "It's been a really long, interesting journey and thank God it's not over yet."
The winners in full:
Best New Act - James Blunt
Best Track - KT Tunstall, for Black Horse and the Cherry Tree
Classic Song - Ray Davies, for Waterloo Sunset
Best Live Act - U2
Best Album - Oasis, for Don't Believe The Truth
The People's Choice - Oasis
Best Producer - Gorillaz/ Danger Mouse, for Demon Days
Best Video - Gorillaz, for Feel Good Inc
Best Act In The World Today - Coldplay
The Q Birthday Honour - Michael Eavis
The Icon Award - Jimmy Page
Classic Songwriter - Nick Cave
Lifetime Achievement Award - Bee Gees
Outstanding Contribution To Music - Paul Weller
Innovation In Sound - The Prodigy
Q Legend - Joy Division
Inspiration Award - Bjork
Special Award - John Lennon