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Liam Gallagher leads Q Awards

By | Published on Thursday 19 October 2017

Liam Gallagher

It was the Q Awards yesterday, which is an event everyone always enjoys.¬†Although for some reason StubHub didn’t return to sponsor it again this year.

The big winner of the night, if there was one, was Liam Gallagher, who took home the Best Live Act and Icon awards. His Pretty Green company also sponsored the Best Film prize, so let’s say he got that one too. A clever bit of release scheduling means that it’ll be Noel’s year next year, so there was no awkward reunion. They’ll probably both be at the BRITs in February though, so you can look forward to that.

Commenting on the whole awards thing, Q Editor Ted Kessler said: “I am humbled by the array of talent who turned up to accept their Q Awards this year, as well being very grateful to the stars who presented them. It underlines – as if it needs underlining – that Q alone welcomes great music from across all genres, all eras, all backgrounds… as long as the artists are alive. It is also the home of superstars and visionaries alike”.

He continued: “Where else would you find Ed Sheeran hanging out with Viv Albertine of art-punk iconoclasts The Slits, Liam Gallagher embracing Stormzy and Wiley, or the Manic Street Preachers, Ellie Rowsell of Wolf Alice and Michael Sheen huddled together in conversation?”

“In the week that Liam smashed all kinds of records for first-week sales of his debut album, it also brought home to me how robust the current music scene is”, he added. “And how the old boundaries between underground and pop have crumbled. It felt like we were mapping out history today. But I always feel like that after a good party…”

Here are all the prizes that people won:

Best Act In The World Today: Ed Sheeran
Best Solo Artist: Stormzy
Best Breakthrough Act: Rag N Bone Man
Best Live Act: Liam Gallagher

Best Track: Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
Best Album: Gorillaz – Humanz
Best Film Presented: Bunch Of Kunst (Sleaford Mods)

Maverick: Viv Albertine
Innovation In Sound: Wiley
Inspiration: Manic Street Preachers
Gibson Les Paul Award: Kelley Deal
Icon: Liam Gallagher