Coldplay scoop Best Act in the World at Q Awards
Coldplay swept the board at the Q Awards yesterday, scooping the top two most coveted prizes – Best Album for Viva la Vida, or Death and All His Friends and Best Act in the World Today.
Frontman Chris Martin rose to the occasion and declared his band ‘the best in the world’ as he collected the gongs. He quickly retracted the statement though and resorted to his modest self, joking: ‘Well, not quite the biggest band…U2 are on holiday. Radiohead are on holiday.’
Although the band’s fourth album was viewed as more experimental by many critics after its June release this year, there were enough crowd-pleasing anthems to take them to number one in 36 countries.
Welsh warbler Duffy had reason to smile too when she was honoured with the award for Best Breakthough Artist for her Sixties-inspired record which has become the biggest selling of the year in the UK.
Meanwhile Keane scored too winning Best Track for their new single Spiralling.
British music legends were also out in force at the awards. Adam Ant turned out to collect his Q Icon Award – taking a swipe at Coldplay for stealing his style, dressed in military-inspired jackets – while Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour accepted the Outstanding Contribution to Music title.
Arguably, however, the star who truly stole the show was Eighties diva Grace Jones, who showed up to accept her Q Idol Award like a character from Star Wards. Dressed in a hooded black jumpsuit, the singer scared off fans with her devilish black, horned mask.