Q Awards Honor U.K.'s Finest
The uniquely British Kate Bush received a rapturous welcome today (Oct. 29) at the 12th annual Q awards in London, honored in the category of classic songwriter by readers of the U.K. music magazine.The uniquely British Kate Bush received a rapturous welcome today (Oct. 29) at the 12th annual Q awards in London, honored in the category of classic songwriter by readers of the U.K. music magazine. Clearly wowed by the warmth of the reception from musicians and industry professionals alike at the event, the notoriously slow-working Bush admitted, "I am actually making an album, [but] it's just taking longer than I thought."
Radiohead was a Q favorite, too, as the band was named best act in the world today, while Nigel Godrich, who produced Radiohead's "Kid A" and "Amnesiac" albums, was hailed as best producer. Travis' "The Invisible Band," which he also produced, won best album.
Best live act was judged to be the Manic Street Preachers, while the people's choice award went to U2. Brian Eno received a Q special award, prompting Bono, on film, to jest that "without Brian, there would be no music in airports." He and the rest of the band then chanted, "Brian is always right, Brian is always right."
In accepting the kudos in person, Eno mentioned the War Child charity with which he has long been involved, and drew the audience's attention to "the Afghan refugees who seem to be the victims of this glorious war."
Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon was given the Q inspiration award, whereupon the man himself waved the golden Q statuette and said, "This is the working class." A couple of heckles from the lunchtime audience at London's Park Lane Hotel drew characteristic Rotten responses: "you turd, you wanker" he shouted. "Now," he concluded, "I'm going to get pissed."
More restrained was the recipient of the Q merit award, Elvis Costello, and other prizewinners Ash (best single), Gorillaz (best video), and Starsailor (best new act).