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The Daily Mail OCTOBER 30, 2001 - by Mail On Sunday Reporter
STARS TURN OUT FOR Q AWARDS
All conquering band Radiohead received more plaudits today when they were named Best Act In The World Today at a prestigious music awards ceremony.
The Oxford-based band, one of the few British outfits of recent years to score huge success on both sides of the Atlantic, collected the title at the Q Awards held in central London.
The quality of the other nominated bands - which included Irish legends U2, American superstars REM, Welsh bands Manic Street Preachers and Stereophonics and Scottish outfit Travis - underlined the significance of the achievement.
Held annually, the Q Awards are voted for by readers of the music magazine and are well-respected within the industry.
Last year's ceremony was most memorable for a bust up between Oasis singer Liam Gallagher and Robbie Williams who stormed out of the ceremony.
Other winners at this year's show, held at the Park Lane Hotel in central London, included Ash, whose single Burn Baby Burn was named Best Single, and Scots quartet Travis who added the Best Album title to Best Single gong they collected last year.
Manic Street Preachers, who performed a series of concerts in Cuba earlier in the year, were named Best Live Act while the Best Newcomer Award went to Lancashire lads Starsailor.
Gorillaz, the cartoon band formed by former Blur frontman Damon Albarn and illustrator Jamie Hewlett, beat competition from DJ Fatboy Slim to collect the award for Best Video for their track Clint Eastwood.
Former Sex Pistol and punk icon John Lydon got this year's Inspiration Award which honours artists who have left their mark on the industry and influenced the direction of today's music scene.
As singer Johnny Rotten, he and the rest of The Sex Pistols created waves in industry with seminal tracks such as Anarchy In The UK and God Save The Queen.
Brian Eno, founding member of Roxy Music, turned ambient guru, was recognised with this year's Special Award while '70s star Kate Bush collected the Classic Songwriter title.
While U2 were nominated in three categories but failed to collect an award, they were honoured with the Q Editors Choice title, for their consistent success.
The full list of winners was:
• Best Single - Ash: Burn Baby Burn
• Best Album - Travis: The Invisible Band
• Best Live Act - Manic Street Preachers
• Best Video - Gorillaz: Clint Eastwood
• Best Act In The World Today - Radiohead
• Best New Act - Starsailor
• Best Producer - Nigel Godrich
• Q Classic Songwriter - Kate Bush
• Special Award - Brian Eno
• Q Merit Award - Elvis Costello
• Inspiration - John Lydon
• Q Editors Choice - U2