Muse, Lily Allen and Kasabian all walked away with Q awards at the annual ceremony organized by the U.K.-based monthly music magazine.

Held today (Oct. 26) at London's Grosvenor House Hotel, Allen won the best track award for "The Fear" taken from her 2009 sophomore album "It's Not Me, It's You" (Regal/Parlophone/EMI). Muse was named best act in the world today.

U.K. alt.rock band Kasabian were the event's other big winners, beating U2, the Prodigy, Florence & the Machine and Arctic Monkeys to the prestigious best album award for their third studio set "West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum" (Columbia/Sony).

Other winners included Lady Gaga who accepted the award for best video -- appropriately via video -- for "Just Dance" (Interscope/Universal). Arctic Monkeys won the best live act award and there were also honors for veteran artists Spandau Ballet, The Specials, Yusuf (formerly Cat Stevens) and Robert Plant. Individual award winners are chosen either by public votes or a Q-selected judging panel.

U.K. ska-rock band the Specials capped a remarkable year by winning the Q inspiration award. Having reformed earlier this year and performed a series of sell-out shows around the world, the band was joined onstage by surprise guest Amy Winehouse to collect the award, who loudly proclaimed the Specials "the most inspirational band of all time."

Discussing the possibility of further live show, or even new material, founder member Lynval Golding was, however, reticent to confirm anything concrete was in place, telling Billboard.biz, "We're such a bunch of lazy bastards and we're so slow. We take together to do anything. We're just getting through this year and then we'll see."

Other special awards chosen by the judging panel included Q classic song for Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 1984 U.K. number 1 "Relax" and the Q legend award, which went to U.K. solo artist, and former singer with Scottish band Orange Juice, Edwyn Collins. Yusuf was presented with the classic songwriter award by James Blunt.

Also present at the ceremony was Marianne Faithfull, who accepted the Q Icon award from former Pulp singer Jarvis Cocker.

"It was very moving, actually," a clearly humbled Faithfull told Billboard.biz after the ceremony.

Asked if she felt like an icon, Faithfull said: "Of course I do! I've been an icon for ages," while her advice for the current generation of female music performers consisted of: "Take a lot of rests, don't perform if you don't want to, live life and then come back."

A full list of award-winners is available at qthemusic.com.

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