Ellie Goulding beat David Bowie to take home Best Solo Act, while Foals were named Best Live Act and Robbie Williams was given the Q Idol award at yesterday’s annual Q Awards.
Meanwhile, Biffy Clyro’s Opposites won the Best Album award, punk poet John Cooper Clarke was named Poet Laureate and Jake Bugg won Best New Act.
The awards – which were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel and hosted by Al Murray – are voted for by the readers of the music magazine.
Matt Mason, senior editor of Q magazine, said of the awards: “It’s been a privilege to celebrate another brilliant year for music.
“We keep being told that these are tough times for the industry, but the evidence here suggests the opposite. The artists honoured today reflect the variety and richness of the current musical landscape.
“From Jake Bugg to John Cooper Clarke, they give us everything we ask for from rock and pop stars: outstanding, inventive music delivered with absorbing attitude and character.
“We’re particularly delighted to salute evergreen artists such as Robbie, the Pet Shop Boys and Suede, who’ve all made excellent new music over the last 12 months.
“They’re brilliant reminders of the enduring power of the great British pop act – anyone who saw Suede’s thrilling Q Awards show at the Garage last week will agree with that.”
The Q Awards 2013 Winners
Best New Act: Jake Bugg
Best Track: Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
Poet Laureate: John Cooper Clarke
Classic Songwriter: Chrissie Hynde
Best Event: Glastonbury Festival
Best Video: Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
Spirit of Independence – Belle and Sebastian
Classic Album – Happy Mondays – Bummed
Best Live Act – Foals
Best Album – Biffy Clyro – Opposites
Q Icon – Suede
Best Solo Act – Ellie Goulding
Best Act in the World Today – Vampire Weekend
Q Idol – Robbie Williams
Outstanding Contribution to Music – Pet Shop Boys