Story: Jack Foley
RADIOHEAD have delivered a huge snub to Q Magazine, despite being
voted the best act in the world, because they are allegedly miffed
at the mag describing them as 'miserable'.
Instead of attending Saturday's glittering ceremony at London's
Park Lane Hotel, the band opted to send a soundless video message
with some text declaring: "Radiohead aren't talking to Q."
The snub was all the more pronounced given that the band had
been pitted against some of the leading acts in the world in the
category, including Coldplay, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters.
Incredibly, Chris Martin's Coldplay left the awards empty-handed,
despite being nominated in four categories, including best single,
for Clocks, best video, for The Scientist, and best
They also opted to stay away from the ceremony, which was hosted
by television presenter, Iain Lee.
Other awards on the night went to Eighties favourites, Duran
Duran, who received a lifetime achievement accolade - as they
did at the MTV Video Music Awards, in New York, in August.
Blur won best album, for the superb Think
Tank, while Muse won
the award for innovation and rapidly-emerging The Thrills took
the best new act category, to further build on their hype at the
In the one true head-scratcher, pop artist, Christina Aguilera,
won best single award, for Dirrty, beating Coldplay, The
White Stripes (Seven Nation Army), Electric Six (Danger!
High Voltage) and Muse (Time Is Running Out) and proving
that you don't have to have great material, just a great arse
and some raunchy videos to get yourself noticed nowadays.
Electric Six won best video for Gay Bar, while unsurprisingly
'the born entertainer' that is Robbie Williams' won best live
act for his sell-out Knebworth gigs in the Summer.
Veteran rockers, The Cure, deservedly won an inspiration award,
recognising an act that has inspired a new generation of musicians
and songwriters, while Dexy's Midnight Runners won the songwriter
US rockers, Jane's Addiction, won the icon award, having successfully
returned to prominence with their latest album, Strays.
The Q awards are among the biggest prizes on the rock scene and
are voted for by fans on the Q music magazine's website.
The full Q Awards 2003 nominations were (winners in bold):
Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
White Stripes - 7 Nation Army
Muse - Time Is Running Out
Coldplay - Clocks
Electric Six - Danger, High Voltage
Blur - Think Tank
Radiohead - Hail To The Thief
Feeder - Comfort In Sound
White Stripes - Elephant
50 Cent - Get Rich Or Die Tryin
Best New Act:
Kings Of Leon
Electric Six - Gay Bar
Christina - Dirrty
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Coldplay - Scientist
Muse - Time Is Running Out
Best Live Act:
Queens Of The Stone Age
Best Act In the World Today:
Red Hot Chilli Peppers
Innovation Award (sponsored by Harman Kardon)
Super Furry Animals