Established acts who have made a successful return to the music world during the past twelve months are amongst those nominated for this year’s Q Awards.
The Stone Roses, whose comeback shows at Manchester’s Heaton Park were some of the most talked-about events of the summer, have been nominated in the Best Act In The World Today category, and will also compete for the Best Live Act gong.
Meanwhile, a massive outdoor concert at Hyde Park in London to mark the end of the London Olympic Games, which was preceded by an intimate warm-up tour of the UK, has been enough to see Blur land nominations in the same categories.
And Noel Gallagher, who has enjoyed a significant level of commercial success since re-emerging from a break after the Oasis split in August 2009, will compete for the Best Solo Act and Best Video.
Elsewhere, excellent recent releases from The Black Keys, Richard Hawley, The Maccabees, Paul Weller and Bobby Womack will go head-to-head in a strong looking Best Album section.
“It’s been the most incredible year for British music. Our bands and our anthems transformed the Olympics into the greatest music event on earth,” Q editor Andrew Harrison has said.
“And amazing comeback shows from Blur and the Stone Roses showed the enduring appeal of our greatest musicians. All the nominees for this year’s Q Awards helped make 2012 an absolutely unforgettable year.”
The winners will be announced at a London ceremony on October 22nd.
Q Awards 2012 nominees:
Best New Act
Lianne La Havas
Florence + The Machine – Shake It Out
Fun – We Are Young
Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know
Plan B – Ill Manors
Rizzle Kicks – Mama Do The Hump
The Black Keys – El Camino
Richard Hawley – Standing At The Sky’s Edge
The Maccabees – Given To The Wild
Paul Weller – Sonik Kicks
Bobby Womack – The Bravest Man In The Universe
Best Live Act
The Stone Roses
Arctic Monkeys – R U Mine?
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – Everybody’s On The Run
Keane – Disconnected
The Killers – Runaways
Nicki Minaj – Starships
Best Solo Artist
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Best Act In The World Today
The Stone Roses