NEWS: The Q Awards turns 21, Al Murray confirmed to host for the second year & 3 new awards categories!

For the second year running, the inimitable Al Murray – The Pub Landlord will take on hosting duties of what has become one of the most prestigious and raucous events on the music calendar. 
Speaking of his eagerly awaited return to Q Awards duty, The Pub Landlord says:
“This is the music event of the year, everyone wants a Q Award, and if they’re truly lucky, like Muse last year, they might win a frozen chicken too”
The 2010 event will mark the 21st anniversary of The Q Awards. Throughout its history The Q Awards have welcomed and celebrated the biggest stars in music – with the likes of Oasis, U2, Coldplay, The Rolling Stones, Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie, David Bowie, Rod Stewart, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Damon Albarn, Lily Allen, Kate Bush, Elton John, Arctic Monkeys, Kasabian, Take That and Muse among the glittering names to have attended the event.
This year the Q Awards will add 3 new categories to its roll of an honour. Two new categories – Best Female Artist and Best Male Artist – will be added to the 7 existing awards that are voted for by the public. The third new award will be for Next Big Thing, which will highlight the single most exciting musical talent of the year ahead and will be hand-picked by a specially selected panel of music industry experts and Q Magazine.
The much coveted award of Best Act In The World Today is presented by Russian Standard Vodka.
The always hotly contested Best Track is presented by Barclaycard Unwind.
Q Editor-In-Chief Paul Rees says: “Q firmly believes that music now is as exciting and vital as it’s ever been and that it continues to be consistently refreshed by new talent. The extra awards this year recognise Q’s ongoing commitment to the best things in music right now and in the future.
“In addition, Q has also always been about celebrating music’s great success stories. And, as ever, our collection of merit awards will recognise the heroic achievements and ongoing influence of music’s true icons.”
The Q Awards are unlike any other UK music ceremony – with only 450 guests, the event is a unique and intimate celebration that attracts arguably the world’s highest concentration of musical talent and fame.
Fans can vote for their favourite acts online at
The Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka’s chosen charity is YOUYOU
YOUYOU’s aim is to provide practical mentoring help to young people who are disadvantaged due to their circumstance or disability, to enable them to gain invaluable experience and succeed in the turning their interests into a career.
YOUYOU’s approach is practical and focuses on getting young people further along their chosen career paths, with the mentoring experiences leading to further education or training, apprenticeships and employment opportunities. It creates a valuable piece of work to add to their CV or portfolio – a soundtrack, review of a music gig, recipe or menu for example, which they can present alongside the important personal selling point of having worked with a renowned name in their chosen industry
Brenda Ramsey, CEO of YOUYOU Mentoring commented “We are grateful to Q magazine for choosing to support YOUYOU Mentoring and our work in helping disadvantaged young people, especially those who are not in education, employment or training to realise their career dreams, by connecting them with  inspired mentors, individuals who will help develop their potential and aspirations in their chosen career industry.  We would personally like to thank Paul Rees, Editor in Chief of Q magazine for his generous support and becoming a YOUYOU mentor.”

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