Tonight the Q Awards show took place at London Camden’s Roundhouse. The event was hosted by Absolute Radio presenter and Q Awards regular Christian O’Connell.
A total of twelve Q Awards were given out at the show, and the ceremony was followed by a spectacular sold-out live show. Welsh alt-rockers Manic Street Preachers wowed a packed venue. James Dean Bradfield and co. stormed through a dozen albums’ worth of hits in front of a packed Roundhouse crowd – and also left with a Q Inspiration Award under their belt. The band’s set was preceded by fellow award winners Sleaford Mods, who won the inaugural Q Best Film award, for Bunch of Kunst.
The full list of Q Awards 2017 winners is as follows:
Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe – Rag’n’Bone Man
Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club – Liam Gallagher
Q Maverick Presented by the Roundhouse – Viv Albertine
Q Innovation In Sound Presented by Flare Audio – Wiley
Q Best Film Presented by Pretty Green – Bunch Of Kunst (Sleaford Mods)
Q Best Track Presented by Flare Audio – Kasabian – You’re In Love With A Psycho
Q Inspiration Award Presented by Three – Manic Street Preachers
Q Best Album Presented by The Box Plus Network – Gorillaz – Humanz
Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Help Musicians UK – Stormzy
Q Gibson Les Paul Award – Kelley Deal
Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Buster + Punch – Ed Sheeran
Q Icon presented by BMW UK – Liam Gallagher
Ted Kessler, Editor of Q magazine, added about the event: “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. Where else would you find Ed Sheeran hanging out with Viv Albertine of art-punk inconoclasts 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, 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…”