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Muse and Keane win big at Q Awards (2004)


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 songwriting prize.

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 release of
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 artists.

Users are encouraged to register their remixed tunes on the Muse website, www.muse.mu to win an ipod mini.

 


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