U2 at The Q Awards – the Greatest Act of the last 25yrs… apparently

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 ”ËœRolling 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 ”ËœRolling In The Deep’
Q Innovation in Sound – Kaiser Chiefs
Q Inspiration – Fatboy Slim
Q Next Big Thing – Lana Del Rey
Best Video – Jessie J ”ËœDo It Like A Dude’
Best Album – Bon Iver ”ËœBon Iver’
Best Live Act – Biffy Clyro
Q Classic Song – Snow Patrol ”ËœChasing 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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Phil Newall is 47, from The Wirral - he earns his living not writing about music nor playing music...though sorely wishes he could. He was fortunate enough to see many of the first generation punk bands when they played the U18's matinee shows at Eric's, Liverpool. As an attendee at Eric's he was exposed to punk rock, dub reggae, art rock, and all manner of weirdness; as a customer at Probe Records he was variously served and scowled at by Pete Wylie and Pete Burns - he has written for Record Collector, Whisperin & Hollerin, and Spiral Scratch and wanted to write a book detailing the Liverpool punk scene; however with 'Head-On' Julian Cope beat him to it...and frankly did a much better job.


  1. Innovation in sound – The Kaiser Chiefs

    This one genuinely made me laugh. Was this sponsored by Virgin Radio or something?

  2. U2 would be a fantastic band if Bono wasn’t such a cock. I’m a nearly 50 year old, first wave punk rocker and U2 should have been our band for the 80’s and beyond some of their music is breathtaking and if Bono had stuck to what he is good at I’m sure they would have been a lot more respected by their peers……

    As for Q magazine its ok at times but not really relevent is it?

    Just a thought.

  3. …and this kids, is why Q, despite such a rich legacy of great interviews, is utterly out of step with contemporary musical tastes and direction these days.

    I mean…as mentioned, Kaiser Chiefs – Innovation in Sound??? Eh? WTF? Has anyone seriously sat down to a KC long player and thought “F*** me, now that is innovative sonically…they deserve an award for that.” Really? Really??

    U2 predictably got an award, like they always do at Q – look out for 2012s “Best Alleged Tax Avoiding Irish Group to headline Glastonbury in 2011” award – I hear they’re a dead cert for it.

    I’m also yet to hear any musician cite Norman Cook as an inspiration.

    Bah! Q Magazine – out of step since the 80s.

  4. If a bunch of teachers at the school disco trying to act ‘cool’ then put out a magazine, it would be exactly like Q Magazine. What do you expect?


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