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Muse, Blur and Emeli Sande win big at Q Awards in London

posted 22 Oct 2012, 17:15 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 22 Oct 2012, 17:17 ]

Blur, Emeli Sande and Pulp are amongst the winners at this year's Q Awards in London, while Kylie Minogue dazzles on the red carpet.

(LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM) (OCTOBER 22, 2012) (REUTERS) - Rock and pop stars hit the red carpet in London on Monday (October 22) lunch time for the annual Q Awards.

The UK monthly music magazine honours the best music of the last 12 months.

Heading into the Grosvenor Hotel singer Kylie Minogue, who was there to present an award, was looking forward to the show, joking that she was going to be 'very sensible'.

Among the big winners were English rock band Blur who won the best live act following a series of shows this summer.

Meanwhile American soul veteran Bobby Womack won Q magazine's best album award for "The Bravest Man in the Universe", beating out younger competition including Londonindie band The Maccabees and Paul Weller.

Womack's first album of original material since 1994's "Resurrection" was co-produced by Blur frontman Damon Albarn and Richard Russell of XL Recordings, the label behind chart queen Adele, and featured Lana Del Rey among the guest artists.

The 68-year-old, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, was encouraged to return to music by Albarn in 2010, when he contributed to the Gorillaz album "Plastic Beach".

Speaking backstage after scooping the prize, he said: "It feels great, because it lets me know that life is here and not behind, who would think I would be here for the Q Awards, I mean I didn't even know what the Q Awards were."

English rock band Muse were named best act in the world, a title drummer Dom Howard liked: "Yeah that's a big one, it feels great it feels amazing that we have been voted to win this, it's cool," he said.

Singer Emeli Sande was pleased with her win too. She took best solo artist beating of competition from AdeleNoel Gallagher and Florence Welch.

"I am just feeling very happy, very blessed, very lucky, so no I am very happy and this is a good award to win and just the acknowledgment from Q and their support means a lot for me," said Sande.

Techno duo Underworld, who created the soundtrack to the Olympics opening ceremony, was also honoured for their part in the Games.

Other winners included reformed group Pulp who took the Q Inspiration Award, The Killers star Brandon Flowers was honoured as Q Idol and Keane's "Disconnected" won best video.

Winners are voted for by readers, online followers and Q's resident musical experts.