Q Magazine has unveiled the nominations for the Q Awards in association with Absolute Radio. The ceremony takes place at the Roundhouse in London on October 18.
Ed Sheeran, Liam Gallagher and Stormzy lead the field with three nominations each. Lorde, Sleaford Mods and Kendrick Lamar are all up for two awards.
For the first time in the awards’ history the public chose the shortlist from a longlist compiled by the Q editorial team. Half a million votes were cast by readers.
Following changes to the format in 2016, the Q Awards will again feature a post-ceremony gig. Manic Street Preachers and Sleaford Mods have been confirmed for the concert
The Q Best Breakthrough Act Presented By Red Stripe category includes Rag’N’Bone Man, The Big Moon, Stefflon Don and Sampha, who recently won an AIM Award.
The Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club features Stormzy, Lorde and Liam Gallagher up against The Killers and Radiohead. The all-important Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Buster + Punch award will be fought out by Ed Sheeran, The 1975, Queens Of The Stone Age, Adele and Depeche Mode.
Q Magazine editor Ted Kessler commented: “The shortlists are certainly the Q Awards’ most robust and diverse – perhaps because we left their finessing to our astute readers. They’ve voted for the first time, and in enormous numbers, to reduce our longlists to these final berths. In doing so they’ve revealed an accurate map of the very best music of the last ten months or so, an era where the divide between alternative and mainstream is ever more blurred: the best music finds a path, whether that’s Ed Sheeran, Sleaford Mods or Stormzy. And that’s the space where Q Magazine resides.”
The public can cast their votes for the winners in several categories via Q’s website. Voting closes on October 6.
The full list of nominees in voted categories is below:
Q Breakthrough Act Presented by Red Stripe
The Big Moon
Q Best Track Presented by Flare Audio
Ed Sheeran - Shape Of You
Lorde - Green Light
Kendrick Lamar - Humble
Kasabian - You're In Love With A Psycho
Liam Gallagher - Wall Of Glass
Q Best Album
Gorillaz - Humanz
Kendrick Lamar - DAMN
Stormzy - Gang Signs & Prayer
Sleaford Mods – English Tapas
The xx – I See You
Q Best Live Act Presented by The Cavern Club
Q Best Solo Artist Presented by Help Musicians UK
Lana Del Rey
Q Best Act In The World Today Presented by Buster + Punch
Queens Of The Stone Age
Q Best Film Presented by Pretty Green
Bunch Of Kunst (Sleaford Mods)
The Inertia Variations (The The)
Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)
The Rolling Stones – Havana Moon
American Valhalla (Iggy Pop & Josh Homme)