Story: Jack Foley
KEANE and Muse were the toast of this year's Q Awards, taking
home two of the top awards on the glittering evening.
Keane won best album, for their brilliant debut album, Hopes
and Fears, while Muse won best live act, beating off the likes
of Madonna, David Bowie,
The Darkness, The Pixies and The
Red Hot Chili Peppers to win the coveted prize.
Another of the night's big winners was Jamelia, who won best
single for See It In A Boy's Eyes, adding to the three
prizes she won at the recent MOBO awards.
There was disappointment for Franz Ferdinand, however, who won
in only one of the categories they were nominated for - best video,
for their Take Me Out single.
The Mercury Music prize winners had been nominated in several
categories, including best new act, which went to Razorlight,
and best act in the world, which went to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Several merit prizes went to some
of the biggest names in rock, such as U2, who were honoured for
being musical icons, and Sir Elton John, who received the classic
Roxy Music took home a lifetime achievement award, while the
Pet Shop Boys and Human League were also recognised for their
past achievements in the music industry.
The awards ceremony was hosted by television presenter and comedian,
Jonathan Ross, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, in London, while
the accolades are voted for by members of the record-buying public.
Muse also had plenty to celebrate with the news that they have
have also been nominated for three Digital Music Awards, including
Artist of the Year, Best Music-Based Website and for their Space
Fighter online game.
The Digital Music Awards aim to celebrate those who have best
used digital media to reach their fans.
Muse continue to be an innovator in the digital realm, with the
the new single, Butterflies And Hurricanes, pioneering
the use of u-myx technology, which allows users to mix their own
versions of the single.
The format is the first ever to enable songs to be upgraded with
new parts, such as vocal or instrumental contributions from other
Users are encouraged to register their remixed tunes on the Muse
to win an ipod mini.