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Q Awards 2018: Noel Gallagher wins two awards

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Story by Jack Foley

NOEL Gallagher has won two awards at this year’s Q Awards: for Best Solo Artist and Outstanding Contribution To Music.

The accolades come almost a year after the singer-songwriter achieved his latest Number 1 album with Who Built The Moon? (with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds).

A total of 17 Q Awards were given out throughout the evening, and the ceremony was followed by a spectacular sold-out live show from North London indie-rockers Wolf Alice, who have had a wildly successful year following last year’s release of the critically acclaimed Visions Of A Life.

The band also left with Q Best Live Act, to add to their Mercury Music Prize earlier this year.

Their set was preceded by fellow award-winners IDLES, who won Q Best Breakthrough Act. In what proved to be a particularly competitive category this year, with the voting proving so close, it was decided that Goat Girl should also share the accolade.

The Q Best Track award was gifted to Underworld & Iggy Pop for their mammoth seven-and-a-half minute long collaboration Bells & Circles. Unable to join the techno dons Underworld onstage to collect the award, the legendary singer Iggy Pop instead sent a special message from his Florida home by film.

Meanwhile, experimental duo and 2016 Best Breakthrough Act nominees Let’s Eat Grandma were furnished with this year’s coveted Q Best Album award for I’m All Ears – the teenagers’ widely praised second album.

In addition to singling out some names for the future, this year’s Q Awards also paid tribute to some of the leading figures in the music industry.

Paul Weller came and conquered – the singer-songwriter was crowned Q’s Best Act In The World Today, shortly after he wowed crowds with a career-spanning set at the Royal Festival Hall.

And this year’s awards also paid homage to Suede frontman Brett Anderson by awarding him the renowned Q Lifetime Achievement Award.

Other distinguished accolades given out on the night included Q Legend to Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers and Q Inspiration to Trojan Records for their lovingly-compiled reissues and box set this year.

Q Icon went to Echo & The Bunnymen’s frontman and ’80s hero Ian McCulloch.

Ted Kessler, Editor of Q magazine, commented: “Every year of the Q Awards is a vintage year, but this year somehow felt even more special. Was it that so many inter-linking icons from across the generations were present? Possibly.

“There’s a thread that runs directly from Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, and Roger Daltrey of The Who too, straight through Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher – you just don’t expect to see them all in the same room at once.

“The same could be said of the generational link between The Streets and Bugzy Malone, too, or between Jarvis Cocker and Lawrence. It felt like a coming together of the musical tribes, of influencers and the influenced, with Q’s job to thank them for their creative work on behalf of our erudite readership.

“The awards also highlighted – as if it needed to be highlighted – that the future of music is as exciting as its past is rich: the most heavily-voted for category was for Best Breakthrough Act, and there was so little between Goat Girl and IDLES that it would’ve been churlish to separate them.

“It’s also brilliant that Let’s Eat Grandma, two teenagers from Norwich with a very esoteric sound, could win Best Album, and that the inaugural Best Festival/Event went to a grime night. It all highlights that boundaries of age or genre don’t really exist any more for music fans, and about that I could not be happier.”

Winners at a glance…

Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe
IDLES and Goat Girl

Best Track Presented by Firestone
Underworld & Iggy Pop – Bells & Circles

Best Album
Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club
Wolf Alice

Best Solo Artist Presented by Absolute Radio
Noel Gallagher

Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School
Paul Weller

Best Festival/Event Presented by Pretty Green Clothing
Spotify Presents: Who We Be

Innovation In Sound
The Streets

Classic Album
The Kinks – …Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Maverick Presented by the Roundhouse

Fender Play Award
Simon Neil

Outstanding Contribution To Music
Noel Gallagher

Nile Rodgers

Trojan Records

Q Icon
Ian McCulloch

Q Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Honda Motorcycles
Brett Anderson