Radiohead made it a hat-trick of wins yesterday (Oct. 2) when it won the “best act in the world today” award for the third-year running at the Q Awards in London. However, the band sent a silent video message to accept the accolade, pouring scorn on award organizers Q Magazine, which called the band “miserable” in a review of its latest album, “Hail to the Thief.” The message ended, “Radiohead aren’t talking to Q.”
Also honored for the album was Nigel Godrich, who picked up the best producer award for his work on “Hail to the Thief.”
The award for best album went to Radiohead labelmate Blur for “Think Tank,” one of seven EMI acts to walk off with awards. The others were the Thrills for best new act, Jane’s Addiction (Icon Award), Dexys Midnight Runners (songwriter award), Duran Duran (lifetime achievement) and Robbie Williams, whose record-breaking sell-out shows at Knebworth in the U.K. won him best live act.
Accepting their award from legendary producer Nile Rodgers, Duran Duran dedicated it to longtime friend (and Power Station collaborator) Robert Palmer, who died of a heart attack last week.
Christina Aguilera picked up the best single award for “Dirrty,” but was beaten in the best video category by Electric Six’s “Gay Bar” clip.
The Cure’s Robert Smith turned up to collect the Inspiration Award, while making an even rarer appearance, Scott Walker was on hand to receive Q’s special award for his contributions to music.
The awards are voted on by the magazine’s readers and also by listeners and viewers of its associated radio and TV stations and Web site.