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Q Awards 2018: Arctic Monkeys, The 1975 and Janelle Monae among double nominees

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Story by Jack Foley

ARCTIC Monkeys, The 1975 and Janelle Monae are among several artists to have landed two nominations each at this year’s Q Awards (2018).

Now in their 28th year, this year’s ceremony will again feature a very special intimate post-awards gig. This year, the already sold-out show will see two top British acts take to the stage – London’s Wolf Alice and Bristol’s IDLES, who have both seen vast amounts of success over the last 12 months.

The awards and gig will take place on Wednesday, October 17, 2018, at Camden’s Roundhouse.

Heading into the ceremony, all eyes will be on the big name acts, such as Arctic Monkeys and The 1975, to see who will win.

The latter are shortlisted for their single Love It If We Made It as well as Best Act in The World Today, while Arctic Monkeys are in the running for their latest album, Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino as well as Best Act In The World Today.

Also vying for best track will be Girlfriend by Christine & The Queens, The Man by Goat Girl, Make Me Feel by Janelle Monae, Bells & Circles by Underworld & Iggy Pop and the provactive and enigmatic This Is America by Childish Gambino.

The Q Best Live Act features David Byrne, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Liam Gallagher, Stefflon Don, Taylor Swift and the Q Awards 2018 gig headliners Wolf Alice.

While this year’s Q Best Breakthrough Act is bursting with diversity, with the likes of punk band Amyl & The Sniffers, Brixton guitar gang Goat Girl, indie-soul newcomer Tom Grennan, Manchester grime rapper Bugzy Malone, indie four-piece The Magic Gang, LGBTQ trailblazer Nakhane and English grime MC and producer Novelist all on the shortlist.

Ted Kessler, editor of Q magazine, commented: “I love these shortlists and I love the Q readership even more for supplying them. We’ve thought for a while at Q that in a digital world where streaming music is so ubiquitous, the old barriers between musical genres are meaningless.

“All that matters is whether a song has power, or if an artist makes something to become lost within. These shortlists, where Janelle Monáe’s future-funk rubs shoulders with Goat Girl’s garage-punk in Best Track, or where Kendrick Lamar could just as easily be the Best Act In The World Today as Paul Weller, prove that.

“Unlike some music awards, artists are not nominated by their representatives, nor is there a fee to be paid upon entry. It’s decided by the readers and the writers of Q alone, and consequently these shortlists represent the very best of music now. I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed on October 17 at the Roundhouse.”

The public can cast their votes and choose the winners for the following categories over at – with voting closing on Thursday, October 5.

The nominees at a glance…

Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe
Amyl & The Sniffers
Goat Girl
Tom Grennan
The Magic Gang
Bugzy Malone
Nadine Shah
Jorja Smith
Rejjie Snow

Q Best Track presented by Firestone
Love It If We Made It – The 1975
This Is America – Childish Gambino
Girlfriend – Christine & The Queens
The Man – Goat Girl
Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae
Bells & Circles – Underworld & Iggy Pop

Q Best Album
Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys
Hunter – Anna Calvi
Who Built The Moon? – Noel Gallagher
Joy As An Act Of Resistance – IDLES
Marauder – Interpol
I’m All Ears – Let’s Eat Grandma

Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club
David Byrne
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Liam Gallagher
Stefflon Don
Taylor Swift
Wolf Alice

Q Best Solo Artist presented by Absolute Radio
Christine & The Queens
Noel Gallagher
Janelle Monae
Ed Sheeran

Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School
The 1975
Arctic Monkeys
Florence & The Machine
Kendrick Lamar
St Vincent
Paul Weller

Q Best Festival/Event presented by Pretty Green Clothing
All Points East
British Summertime
Isle Of Wight Festival
Latitude Festival
RIZE Festival
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