Saturday 25 November 2017

Blur at front of the Q again as Britpop rediscovers its muse

Robert Dex and Jeananne Craig

Britpop veterans Blur saw off competition from fellow reformed rockers the Stone Roses to be named the best live act at the Q Awards.

The band, who headlined the Olympic Games closing concert on August 12, released their debut album 21 years ago and had 13 top 10 hits.

However, they lost out to Muse for the 'best act in the world' award.

The awards, hosted by comic Al Murray, saw wins for Plan B, Pulp and soul veteran Bobby Womack.

Emeli Sande, who starred in the Olympics closing ceremony, was named best solo artist, while Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr was named a Q hero. Asked why he had been given the prestigious accolade, Marr responded: "It's all about the haircut, obviously."

The magazine's editor Andrew Harrison said: "It's been the most incredible year for British music. Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics."

Sande -- who also picked up the critics' choice prize at the Brit Awards -- said she was still pinching herself at how well the past 12 months have gone.

"This year's been more than I could ever have imagined and I'm very happy," she said.

"This award is just really exciting. Q has shown me such great support since the beginning, so it's really great to be here a year later."

Irish Independent

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