Lewis Capaldi, Stormzy and The 1975 are among the big winners of this year’s Q Awards.
The annual ceremony was held on Wednesday at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London, with artists including Anna Calvi, Dizzee Rascal, Little Simz, Pale Waves and Madness also honoured.
Stormzy was visibly nervous as he accepted his award and said he hadn’t expected to win.
“This means a lot to me. It’s been a very crazy year for myself and my team and my family… I’m at a loss for words.Advertisement
“It’s been an incredible year… thank you very much. I’m kind of overwhelmed.”
Capaldi, who has become a huge name this year,won the Q best track award for the chart-topping Someone You Loved, and Foals picked up best album for Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1) – which was also up for this year’s Mercury Prize.
Capaldi said: “What the f***?! As Ted [Kessler, Q editor] said at the start, music isn’t a competition… but I f****** won!”
Rapper Little Simz, another Mercury nominee, was named the first ever recipient of the new vocal performance award, while US star Lana Del Rey also took home a new gong for 2019 – song of the decade, for her 2011 debut single Video Games.
Christine and the Queens, who is currently believed to be working on a third album, was named the 2019 Q icon.
The French singer-sonwriter said: “Okay, no biggie… It’s a bit unreal because this just started with a computer and a crazy hunger at 20 to be a bit freer, so thank you for letting me do that since then.
“Here’s to more crazy ideas and crazy people.”
The awards also acknowledged veterans of the industry, honouring Dexys Midnight Runners frontman Kevin Rowland with the classic songwriter award, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon with the Q hero prize, and Madness with this year’s Q inspiration award.
The maverick award, for “musicians who have inspired cult worship”, went to Edwyn Collins, while trip-hop star Tricky was honoured with the classic album award for his 1995 solo debut Maxinquaye.
Grime pioneer Dizzee Rascal was also among the winners, taking home the innovation in sound award, while the Fender Play prize, which celebrates modern guitar music and is now in its second year, was awarded to Anna Calvi.
Dizzee Rascal said of his win: “There’s a lot of legends in here so to even get this acknowledgement – Jarvis Cocker, Suggs, so just to be here. I usually have a lot to say but… I appreciate it, thank you very much.”
Q magazine editor Ted Kessler said the contest had been tight.
“This year I think our readers have captured the eclectic current tastes of the most music-hungry in the nation, from Stormzy to The 1975, Lewis Capaldi to Foals,” he said
“It’s also a great privilege to be able to honour the lifetime achievements of artists like Kim Gordon, Tricky, Madness and Kevin Rowland – those who’ve not just soundtracked our lives going back generations, but have also changed our wardrobes many times over between them.”
Biffy Clyro, Anne-Marie, Jarvis Cocker, Rose McGowan and Ella Eyre were among those presenting awards.
Here’s the full list of winners
- Q Best Breakthrough Act – Pale Waves
- Q Best Track – Lewis Capaldi, Someone You Loved
- Q Best Album – Foals, Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost (Part 1)
- Q Best Live Act Performance – Michael Kiwanuka, End Of The Road Festival
- Q Best Solo Act – Stormzy
- Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School – The 1975
- Q Best Festival/Event- All Points East
- Q Innovation In Sound – Dizzee Rascal
- Q Classic Album – Tricky – Maxinquaye
- Q Maverick – Edwyn Collins
- Fender Play Award – Anna Calvi
- Q Outstanding Contribution To Music – Kano
- Q Classic Songwriter – Kevin Rowland
- Q Inspiration – Madness
- Q Icon – Christine And The Queens
- Q Hero – Kim Gordon
- Q Song Of The Decade – Lana Del Rey – Video Games
- Q Best Vocal Performance – Little Simz
Story sourced from – Sky News