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Q Awards 2010: Florence & The Machine take two awards

Florence & The Machine

Story by Jack Foley

FLORENCE Welch, better known as Florence and the Machine, emerged as the big winner at the Q Awards in London, taking home two of the night’s trophies.

The singer picked up best female artist and was also recognised for best track for You’ve Got The Love.

But while Florence undoubtedly picked up the most trophies, Take That grabbed most of the headlines as the band made their first public appearance since Robbie Williams rejoined them in July.

The band won the magazine’s hall of fame award and immediately hinted that their reunion might be a permanent thing.

In his acceptance speech, Williams said: ““Very happy to be back – first day and we’ve won an award. I’d like to thank my boys. Extremely happy here. Looking forward to the next few years.”

Take That’s prize and appearance marks the start of a whirlwind of activity as they make their comeback with the release of a new single, The Flood, and a new album, Progress next month.

They will also hold a press conference at London’s Savoy hotel on Tuesday (October 26) where they are expected to announce details of a 58-day tour.

Given the buzz surrounding them, the band were sneaked into the ceremony at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel to avoid the glare of the red carpet.

Further Q awards

In other top Q awards, Kasabian were named best act in the world, while another newly reformed band – Suede – picked up the Q inspiration award.

The night’s biggest surprise of the night went to The National, however, who picked up the coveted best album award for their fifth LP, High Violet, beating Arcade Fire, Green Day, Kings of Leon and Muse.

Paolo Nutini was named best male artist, Bryan Ferry was proclaimed the Q icon and Mumford & Sons were crowned best new act.

US rockers Green Day didn’t leave empty handed, scooping the live award.

Rapper turned soul singer Plan B won best breakthrough act, while the Q classic album went to Band on the Run, by Wings.

Sir Paul McCartney dedicated his award to late wife Linda, who died in 1998 from cancer, and who co-wrote and played on the album.

There were also awards for other long-established acts including Madness, The Chemical Brothers, and Crowded House’s Neil Finn, while Q’s next big thing tip went to 22-year-old singer Clare Maguire.

Q Awards at a glance…

Breakthrough Artist
Plan B

Best New Act
Mumford & Sons

Hall of Fame
Take That

Best Track
Florence And The Machine

Best Live Act
Green Day

Best Video
Chase & Status

Classic Songwriter
Neil Finn

Next Big Thing
Clare Maguire

Idol
Madness

Hero
Chemical Brothers

Inspiration Award
Suede

Best Male
Paolo Nutini

Best Female
Florence Welch

Innovation in Sound
Mark Ronson

Best Album
The National

Icon
Bryan Ferry

Classic Album
Wings