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Radiohead snub Q despite being named best act in the world

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 live performance.

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 moment.

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 award,

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):

Best Single:

Christina Aguilera - Dirrty
White Stripes - 7 Nation Army
Muse - Time Is Running Out
Coldplay - Clocks
Electric Six - Danger, High Voltage

Best Album:

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:

The Darkness
The Thrills
Kings Of Leon
The Rapture

Best Video:

Electric Six - Gay Bar
Christina - Dirrty
Junior Senior - Move Your Feet
Coldplay - Scientist
Muse - Time Is Running Out

Best Live Act:

Robbie Williams
The Darkness
Queens Of The Stone Age

Best Act In the World Today:

Foo Fighters
Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Innovation Award (sponsored by Harman Kardon)

Richard X
Super Furry Animals
David Gray

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