Readers of Q Magazine have voted U2 as the ‘Greatest Act of the Past 25 Years’ in a special award to commemorate Q’s 25th birthday. U2 were presented with their award at Q’s annual ‘Q Awards’, held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel.
In order to celebrate its twentieth anniversary, U2 is currently in the midst of promoting a reissue their classic “rebirth” album ‘Achtung Baby’. Upon receiving their Q award, frontman Bono said, "this is very humbling... if The Clash were up here we'd be carrying their gear".
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Editor-in-chief of ‘Q’ Paul Rees said that this year’s Q Awards “were a true celebration of where music is at right now - being, as they were, reflective of how rich and varied the musical landscape is, and of how enthused music fans are to be able to discover so much that is new and exciting."
Other Q award winners included Adele, who was absent as per doctor’s orders, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, and Tinie Tempah.
The full list of winners:
:: Breakthrough artist - Ed Sheeran
:: Best new act - WU LYF
:: Q classic songwriter - Gary Barlow
:: Best track - Adele, Rolling In The Deep
:: Q innovation in sound - Kaiser Chiefs
:: Q inspiration - Fatboy Slim
:: Q next big thing - Lana Del Rey
:: Best video - Jessie J, Do It Like A Dude
:: Best album - Bon Iver, Bon Iver
:: Best live act - Biffy Clyro
:: Q classic song - Snow Patrol, Chasing Cars
:: Q icon - Noel Gallagher
:: Q best male artist - Tinie Tempah
:: Q best female artist - Adele
:: Q outstanding contribution to music - Siouxsie Sioux
:: Best act in the world today - Coldplay
:: Hall of fame - Queen
:: Greatest act of the past 25 years - U2