LONDON — Oasis, the Arctic Monkeys and U2 were the big winners at the Q Awards on Monday, while music legends The Who and Smokey Robinson were also honored.
Oasis won the Best Act in the World category at “Q” magazine’s annual show, while band member Noel Gallagher was named Classic Songwriter.
The awards, renowned for expletive-ridden acceptance speeches and controversial statements, are decided by readers’ votes.
The Arctic Monkeys took away Best Album prize for their hot-selling “Whatever People Say I Am That’s What I’m Not” as well as the People’s Choice Award.
U2 was the winner of the Award of Awards category and guitarist The Edge was honored with the Innovation in Sound award.
Among other winners were Corinne Bailey Rae for Best New Act, Gnarls Barkley’s “Crazy” for Best Track, The Killers’ “When You Were Young” for Best Video, Smokey Robinson for Outstanding Contribution to Music and The Who for the Legend Award.
Band member Pete Townshend said the award did not mean The Who were has-beens.
“It’s good, it’s great, but I’m not gone yet, though. We are not gone,” he told Reuters before the awards ceremony.