It was 1995 all over again at the Q Awards ceremony in London on Monday, with Oasis and Damon Albarn walking away with the bulk of the silverware. The awards, voted on by readers of the UK monthly magazine, affirmed Oasis' stature as recurrent fan favourites; the Gallagher Brothers and band walked away with Best Album for this year's widely hailed return to form Don't Believe The Truth, as well as the People's Choice award. Noel Gallagher was his usual gracious self when accepting the award, stating that "it was a change to not get the token live act award for being able to play the guitar. Best album, nice one."
Ex-Blur frontman Damon Albarn's cartoon alter egos Gorillaz, meanwhile, took home statues for Best Video (for "Feel Good, Inc.") and Best Producer (shared by Albarn and Danger Mouse). Other winners among the awards show veterans set were U2 for Best Live Act and Coldplay for the modestly titled Best Act In The World Today. Newcomers James Blunt and KT Tunstall, meanwhile, took home the Best New Artist and Best Track awards, respectively.
As always, Q also handed out numerous lifetime achievement-style awards at the annual event, including strangely vague awards for Inspiration (Bjork), Outstanding Contribution (Paul Weller) and Classic Songwriter (Nick Cave), as well as loftier titles such as Legend (Joy Division), Icon (Jimmy Page) and Lifetime Achievement (The Bee Gees), with the coveted Classic Song award going to Ray Davies for The Kinks' eternal "Waterloo Sunset".
The largest ovation of the night, however, was reserved for Yoko Ono as she accepted a special award on behalf of John Lennon, regaling the audience with an illuminating story about once having to reassure Lennon that he was as well-respected a songwriter as his ex-Beatle partner Paul McCartney.
Writer: Neil McDonald