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Q Awards 2013: Vampire Weekend and Jake Bugg win prizes

Vampire Weekend, More Vampires of the City

Story by Jack Foley

VAMPIRE Weekend have been crowed best act in the world today by readers of Q magazine.

The band, who released Modern Vampires of the City earlier this year, collected the trophy ahead of iconic star David Bowie, who failed to convert any of his six nominations.

Biffy Clyro beat Bowie to the best album of the year, for Opposites, while Ellie Goulding beat him to best solo artist.

The awards are chosen by readers of the monthly music magazine and its website.

Teenage singer-songwriter Jake Bugg was named best new act, while best single went to Arctic Monkeys for Do I Wanna Know? and the best video went to The Manic Street Preachers for Show Me The Wonder (featuring Submarine actor Craig Roberts).

Cerebral Oxford rockers Foals won the best live band trophy, while Glastonbury was named as best event of 2013 ahead of Bowie’s exhibition at the V&A Museum and Kraftwerk’s series of 3D live shows at Tate Modern.

The annual awards ceremony also handed out several lifetime achievement awards, decided by “Q’s resident musical experts”, which went to Chrissie Hynde (classic songwriter), Robbie Williams (Q Idol) and Suede (Q Icon).

The Pet Shop Boys were also given the Outstanding Contribution to Music award.

The Q winners at a glance…

Best new act
Jake Bugg

Best track
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?

Poet laureate
John Cooper Clarke

Classic songwriter
Chrissie Hynde

Best event
Glastonbury Festival

Best video
Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder

Spirit of independence
Belle and Sebastian

Classic album
Happy Mondays – Bummed

Best live act
Foals

Best album
Biffy Clyro – Opposites

Q icon
Suede

Best solo act
Ellie Goulding

Best act in the world today
Vampire Weekend

Q idol
Robbie Williams

Outstanding contribution to music
Pet Shop Boys