Noel Gallagher leads Q Awards with two gongs

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher led the Q Awards 2018 winners last night, taking home Best Solo Artist and Outstanding Contribution to Music.

A total of seventeen awards were presented at the ceremony, which took place at Camden’s Roundhouse and featured performances from IDLES and Wolf Alice.

Best Album went to Let’s Eat Grandma, IDLES and Goat Girl were joint winners of Best Breakthrough Act, while Best Live Act went to Wolf Alice.

The awards also paid homage to Suede frontman Brett Anderson, who received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Other distinguished accolades given out on the night included Q Legend to Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers, Q Inspiration to Trojan Records and Q Icon to Echo & The Bunnymen’s frontman Ian McCulloch.

Commenting on the mix of winners, Q editor Ted Kessler said: ‘Every year of the Q Awards is a vintage year, but this year somehow felt even more special. Was it that so many inter-linking icons from across the generations were present? Possibly.

‘There’s a thread that runs directly from Ray and Dave Davies of The Kinks, and Roger Daltrey of The Who too, straight through Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher – you just don’t expect to see them all in the same room at once.

‘The same could be said of the generational link between The Streets and Bugzy Malone, too, or between Jarvis Cocker and Lawrence. It felt like a coming together of the musical tribes, of influencers and the influenced, with Q’s job to thank them for their creative work on behalf of our erudite readership.’

Speaking about the wave of new acts, he added: ‘The awards also highlighted – as if it needed to be highlighted – that the future of music is as exciting as its past is rich: the most heavily-voted for category was for Best Breakthrough Act, and there was so little between Goat Girl and IDLES that it would’ve been churlish to separate them.

‘It’s also brilliant that Let’s Eat Grandma, two teenagers from Norwich with a very esoteric sound, could win Best Album, and that the inaugural Best Festival/Event went to a grime night. It all highlights that boundaries of age or genre don’t really exist any more for music fans, and about that I could not be happier.’

See below for the full list of Q Awards 2018 winners:

Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe
IDLES and Goat Girl

Q Best Track Presented by Firestone
Underworld & Iggy Pop – Bells & Circles

Q Best Album
Let’s Eat Grandma – I’m All Ears

Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club
Wolf Alice

Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Absolute Radio
Noel Gallagher

Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Rocksteady Music School
Paul Weller

Q Best Festival/Event Presented by Pretty Green Clothing
Spotify Presents: Who We Be

Q Innovation In Sound
The Streets

Q Classic Album
The Kinks – …Are The Village Green Preservation Society

Q Maverick Presented by the Roundhouse

Fender Play Award
Simon Neil

Q Outstanding Contribution To Music
Noel Gallagher

Q Legend
Nile Rodgers

Q Inspiration
Trojan Records

Q Icon
Ian McCulloch

Q Lifetime Achievement Award Presented by Honda Motorcycles
Brett Anderson