Q Awards handed out In London


LONDON -- Tony Wilson, the enigmatic entrepreneur who discovered and signed Joy Division and Happy Mondays to his Factor Records label, was posthumously recognized as a "Q Hero" Monday at the Q Awards in London.

Wilson, whose unconventional career was told in Michael Winterbottom's 2002 comedy "24 Hour Party People," was feted at the monthly music magazine's 2007 gala, held this afternoon at the Grosvenor House Hotel. Wilson died from a heart attack on Aug. 10, following a lengthy battle with cancer. His children Oliver and Isobel were on hand at the ceremony to collect the Q accolade.

Other winners at the star-studded awards party included the Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse, Kylie Minogue and Sir Paul McCartney.

Alternative rockers Arctic Monkeys were named best act in the world today, while Amy Winehouse's Mercury Prize-nominated sophomore set "Back To Black" (Island) won for best album.

Beatles legend McCartney received the Q Icon award, while Blur and Gorillaz mainstay Damon Albarn won the Q Inspiration award.

Prog-rock trio Muse took out best live act for the second successive year, former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown claimed the Q Legend award and singer/songwriter Billy Bragg grabbed the Classic Songwriter award.

"This year, as ever, the Q Awards celebrate and herald great music of all genres and eras - from the best in new music to rock's legendary elite," comments Q editor Paul Rees. "As such they continue to reflect all that Q itself supports and cherishes."

Also on the day, Kylie Minogue landed the Q Idol award. The honor kick-starts a busy period for the Australian pop singer, who on Nov. 26 will release "X" (EMI), her first album since her battle with breast cancer. Minogue will be presented with the coveted Music Industry Trusts Award at a ceremony Oct. 29, becoming the first female recipient of the award.