Would you believe it? U2 have today been named as the Greatest Act of the past 25 years.
The Irish rock band were chosen by readers of Q Magazine to receive the prestigious gong at its Annual Awards event held today (Monday 24th October) at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Their honour was a special prize to mark the magazine’s 25th anniversary this year.
Speaking from the event, front man Bono said Q had been crucial to his longstanding career in the music industry. “It’s a truly great thing,” he told the BBC. “They’re so important for anyone that wants to take all their music all the way.”
Adele was also honoured at the event. The chart topping singer gained two awards for Best Female and Best Track for her hit single ”ËRolling In The Deep’
Other winners included Coldplay, who were (un-believably) named the Best Act in the World Today, and Take That/X Factor judge Gary Barlow, who was honoured with Classic Songwriter Award. The event also saw Queen entered into Q’s Hall Of Fame and Siouxsie Sioux awarded for her Outstanding Contribution to Music (can’t argue with that one!)
The best album prize went to Bon Iver for his self-titled second release. Former Oasis guitaristand current UK #1, Noel Gallagher was named Q Icon.
The full Q Awards list went as follows:
Breakthrough Artist – Ed Sheeran
Best New Act – WU LYF
Q Classic Songwriter – Gary Barlow
Best Track – Adele ”ËRolling In The Deep’
Q Innovation in Sound – Kaiser Chiefs
Q Inspiration – Fatboy Slim
Q Next Big Thing – Lana Del Rey
Best Video – Jessie J ”ËDo It Like A Dude’
Best Album – Bon Iver ”ËBon Iver’
Best Live Act – Biffy Clyro
Q Classic Song – Snow Patrol ”ËChasing Cars’
Q Icon – Noel Gallagher
Q Best Male Artist – Tinie Tempah
Q Best Female Artist – Adele
Q Outstanding Contribution to Music – Siouxsie Sioux
Best Act in the World Today – Coldplay
Hall of Fame – Queen
Greatest Act of the past 25 years – U2
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