The 1975, Idles, Janelle Monae and more lead Q Awards 2018 nominations shortlist announced

The 1975, Idles, Janelle Monae and more lead Q Awards 2018 nominations shortlist announced


Tonight (September 12) Q Magazine unveiled the nominations for the Q Awards 2018 in association with Absolute Radio.

Leading the nominations this year are Idles, The 1975, Janelle Monae, Christine & The Queens, Arctic Monkeys and Goat Girl, who all received two nominations each, including Q Best Solo Artist and Q Best Album among others.  

The 28th Q Awards will take place on October 17 at Camden’s Roundhouse. The Q Awards will once again feature a special post-awards gig and allow Q Magazine readers and fans access to the awards alongside the stars themselves. Both Wolf Alice and Idles have been confirmed to play the post-awards gig.

Speaking about the nominations, Q Magazine editor Ted Kessler said: “I love these shortlists and I love the Q readership even more for supplying them. We’ve thought for a while at Q that in a digital world where streaming music is so ubiquitous, the old barriers between musical genres are meaningless. All that matters is whether a song has power, or if an artist makes something to become lost within. These shortlists, where Janelle Monáe’s future-funk rubs shoulders with Goat Girl’s garage-punk in Best Track, or where Kendrick Lamar could just as easily be the Best Act In The World Today as Paul Weller, prove that. Unlike some music awards, artists are not nominated by their representatives, nor is there a fee to be paid upon entry. It’s decided by the readers and the writers of Q alone, and consequently these shortlists represent the very best of music now. I can’t wait for the winners to be revealed on 17 October at the Roundhouse.”

The public can cast their votes and choose the winners for the following categories over at – voting will close on Thursday, October 5.


You can read the full list of nominees below:


Q Breakthrough Act presented by Red Stripe

Amyl & The Sniffers

Goat Girl

Tom Grennan

The Magic Gang


Bugzy Malone



Nadine Shah

Jorja Smith

Rejjie Snow


Q Best Track presented by Firestone

Love It If We Made It – The 1975

This Is America – Childish Gambino

Girlfriend – Christine & The Queens

The Man – Goat Girl

Make Me Feel – Janelle Monae

Bells & Circles - Underworld & Iggy Pop


Q Best Album


Tranquility Base Hotel & Casino – Arctic Monkeys

Hunter - Anna Calvi

Who Built The Moon? – Noel Gallagher

Joy As An Act Of Resistance - IDLES

Marauder - Interpol

I’m All Ears – Let’s Eat Grandma


Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club


David Byrne

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

Liam Gallagher

Stefflon Don

Taylor Swift

Wolf Alice


Q Best Solo Artist presented by Absolute Radio


Christine & The Queens


Noel Gallagher

Janelle Monae

Ed Sheeran


Q Best Act In The World Today presented by Rocksteady Music School


The 1975

Arctic Monkeys

Florence & The Machine

Kendrick Lamar

St Vincent

Paul Weller


Q Best Festival/Event presented by Pretty Green Clothing


All Points East

British Summertime

Isle Of Wight Festival

Latitude Festival

RIZE Festival

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