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Q Awards 2008: Coldplay scoop two big prizes


Story by Jack Foley

COLDPLAY were the big winners at this year’s Q Awards, picking up two awards – best album for Viva La Vida or Death To All His Friends and best act in the world today.

Upon picking up the first trophy, delighted frontman Chris Martin subsequently declared Coldplay to be “the greatest band in the world”, before adding: “Well, not quite the biggest band. U2 are on holiday. Radiohead are on holiday.”

Humility then got the better of him during his second visit to the stage, when he added: “I don’t think we’re the best act in the room, let alone the world.”

Nevertheless, the awards clearly meant a lot to Martin and fellow band members, who have enjoyed phenomenal record sales since releasing Viva La Vida as their fourth album earlier this year.

In what proved to be a good night for big acts, Welsh star Duffy was named best breakthrough artist, Keane picked up best track for comeback song Spiralling (as chosen by readers) and Kaiser Chiefs were named best live act.

The music magazine also honoured a number of veteran performers at the London ceremony, including Grace Jones, who was named Q Idol, and Glen Campbell, winner of the legend award.

Meat Loaf received a classic song award for his epic Bat Out Of Hell and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour was honoured with the outstanding contribution to music prize, which he dedicated to bandmate Richard Wright, who died last month.

“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 said.

The Cocteau Twins also received a prize for music inspiration, while Adam Ant was named another Q Icon.

Further prizes went to Vampire Weekend, who took home the best video award for their song A Punk, and The Last Shadow Puppets, who were crowned best new act.