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Blur to battle Stone Roses at Q Awards

Damon Albarn and Ian Brown
Image caption Both Blur and Stone Roses reunited for huge live shows this summer

Reformed 1990s acts Blur and The Stone Roses will compete for two of the big prizes at next month's Q Awards, including best act in the world today.

They will battle it out against Muse, Coldplay and Lady Gaga for the honour.

Both Blur and the Roses are also shortlisted for best live act after reuniting for highly-anticipated shows this summer, along with The Cribs, Radiohead and Bruce Springsteen.

Noel Gallagher and Florence Welch also have two nominations each.

Both are in the running for best solo artist with Adele and Olympics opening ceremony performers Dizzee Rascal and Emeli Sande.

'Unforgettable year'

"It's been the most incredible year for British music," Q magazine editor Andrew Harrison said.

"Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics into the greatest music event on Earth. And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our greatest musicians."

He added that the nominees for this year's Q Awards all "helped make 2012 an absolutely unforgettable year".

The best album category sees Paul Weller's Sonik Kicks and Bobby Womack's The Bravest Man In The Universe nominated alongside Richard Hawley's Standing At The Sky's Edge, The Black Keys El Camino and The Maccabees' Given to the Wild.

Alabama Shakes, Lianne La Havas, Django Django, Alt J and rapper Frank Ocean are all nominated for best new act.

A number of honorary awards will also be presented on the day, with other prizes including best track and best video.

Here is a list of the nominations in full, with winners due to be announced at a London ceremony, hosted by Pub Landlord comedian Al Murray, on 2 October:

Best act in the world today

  • Blur
  • Coldplay
  • Lady Gaga
  • Muse
  • The Stone Roses

Best album

  • The Black Keys - El Camino
  • Richard Hawley - Standing At The Sky's Edge
  • The Maccabees - Given To The Wild
  • Paul Weller - Sonik Kicks
  • Bobby Womack - The Bravest Man In The Universe

Best solo artist

  • Adele
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • Noel Gallagher
  • Emeli Sande
  • Florence Welch

Best track

  • Florence + The Machine - Shake It Out
  • Fun - We Are Young
  • Gotye - Somebody That I Used To Know
  • Plan B - Ill Manors
  • Rizzle Kicks - Mama Do The Hump

Best live act

  • Blur
  • The Cribs
  • Radiohead
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • The Stone Roses

Best new act

  • Alabama Shakes
  • Alt J
  • Django Django
  • Lianne La Havas
  • Frank Ocean

Best video

  • Arctic Monkeys - R U Mine?
  • Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds - Everybody's On The Run
  • Keane - Disconnected
  • The Killers - Runaways
  • Nicki Minaj - Starships

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