Britain’s Q magazine has unveiled the nominations for the audience voted categories for The Q Awards 2015, in association with Absolute Radio.
The awards will take place on Monday, October 19 and will be hosted by Christian O’Connell for the second year running. Indeed, the unique partnership between Q and Absolute Radio now reaches an audience of in excess of two million ardent music fans.
Leading the nominations, with three apiece, are Florence + The Machine, Foals, Ed Sheeran and Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds who will all battle it out on the night for the music industry’s most prestigious awards.
With the massive return of Blur and their surprise album The Magic Whip this year, the Britpop favorites find themselves nominated for two awards for Best Album, presented by JBL, and Best Act In The World Today, presented by Queen’s Bohemian Lager. The return also reignites an old battle as in both categories they go head-to-head with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds.
Also in the running to take the Best Album gong are Everything Everything’s Get To Heaven, Florence + The Machine’s How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful and Jamie XX’s In Colour, whose single Sleep Sound won him an award for Best Video at the 2014 awards. Up against Noel and Blur in the category of Best Act In The World Today are Foals, Muse and Ed Sheeran.
Championing new and globally diverse emerging talent, the awards category for Best New Act, presented by Orange Amplification, includes 10 artists. Malian band Songhoy Blues, 19-year-old Northern Irish singer Soak, Liverpool indie quartet Circa Waves, critically acclaimed singer-songwriter James Bay, two-piece punk band Slaves, pop-electronica band Years & Years, indie-rockers Wolf Alice, pop’s breakthrough act Jess Glynne, Essex four-piece The Bohicas and Aussie songstress Courtney Barnett are in the running for the award.
The Best Solo Artist, presented by Citroën, will see the world’s greatest artists go head-to-head. The nominees are Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, Kanye West, Taylor Swift and Noel Gallagher.
Foals (What Went Down), The Libertines (Gunga Din), Mark Ronson (Uptown Funk), Florence + The Machine (What Kind Of Man) and New Order (Restless) are all up for an award in the Best Track category, presented by Absolute Radio.
Ed Sheeran is also up for the Best Live Act award, presented by The Cavern Club, alongside Royal Blood, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Mumford & Sons and The Libertines. The Nominees for Best Video are Muse for Psycho, Foals for What Went Down, The Weeknd for Can’t Feel My Face, Florence + The Machine for Ship To Wreck and Miguel for Coffee.
From today, the public can vote for their favorite artist, track, album or video for each of the following categories at www.Qthemusic.com/Q/Awards
The Full list of nominees in voted categories:
Q Best New
Years & Years
Q Best Track
What Went Down – Foals
Gunga Din – The Libertines
Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson
What Kind Of Man – Florence + The Machine
Restless – New Order
Q Best Video
Psycho – Muse
What Went Down – Foals
Can’t Feel My Face – The Weeknd
Ship To Wreck – Florence + The Machine
Coffee – Miguel
Q Best Album, presented by JBL
In Colour – Jamie XX
Get To Heaven – Everything Everything
Chasing Yesterday – Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Magic Whip – Blur
How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful – Florence + The Machine
Q Best Live Act
Catfish & The Bottlemen
Mumford & Sons
Q Best Solo Artist
Q Best Act In The World Today
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
The Q Awards take place on Monday, October 19.
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