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Q Awards 2006: Oasis, U2 and Arctic Monkeys triumph


Story by Jack Foley

OASIS are the best act in the world today, according to the 2006 Q Awards, while Noel Gallagher was also recognised with a classic songwriter award.

At the same ceremony, U2 picked up a prize for innovation and the special one-off band of bands accolade, and newcomers the Arctic Monkeys – who went into the evening with four nominations – won best album and the people’s choice awards.

Further awards went to Muse, who were crowned best live act, The Who, who received the prestigious Q legend award and Primal Scream, who won the Q groundbreaker award.

The Killers were also recognised with the best video award for their song, When You Were Young, which was presented by Nightmare Before Christmas director Tim Burton.

Commenting at the London-based prize-giving ceremony, Paul Rees, editor of Q, paid tribute to both Oasis and U2 for remaining “perennially popular” with Q and its readers.

“In handing out four awards between them, Q magazine and its readers have once again re-stated the high regard in which we hold them both,” he added.

Turning to the Arctic Monkeys, he continued: “As the fastest selling British debut album of all time, The Arctic Monkeys’ Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not was the single most outstanding record of this year.

“Q readers have embraced the band as quickly as anyone, and as a result their best album win is as unsurprising as it is well deserved.”

However, just to be a little controversial, Arctic Monkeys’ lead singer Alex Turner criticised Q for honouring Take That with the idol award.

“A lot of people make jokes about having awards for no reason just for the sake of having awards, and pretending they were good when they weren’t,” he said.

Of the other winners at the ceremony, Motown and soul legend Smokey Robinson received his first ever UK award for his outstanding contribution to music.

And The Manic Street Preachers picked up the Q merit award which they promptly dedicated to their late manager, Philip Hall, and band member, Richey Edwards, who disappeared in 1995.

Corinne Bailey Rae was named best new act, Gnarls Barkley’s Crazy took the best track prize and Peter Gabriel was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Moby.

Boy George, meanwhile, took home a classic song award for the Culture Club hit Karma Chameleon.

In what proved to be a glittering ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Kasabian, The Who, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Oasis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sugababes, Orson, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Embrace, Primal Scream, The Killers, Take That, Muse, Keane, Jay Kay, Razorlight, A-ha, Gnarls Barkley and Girls Aloud all attended.