Britain’s top musicians turn out for Q Awards

Tom Jones, Mark Ronson, Noel Gallagher, Duran Duran and a host of other top music stars turn out for the Q Awards in London.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (OCTOBER 19, 2015) (REUTERS) – Rocker Noel Gallagher and singer/songwriter James Bay were among the winners at London’s Q Awards on Monday (October 19), the annual ceremony run by Britain’s Q magazine celebrating musical talent.

Some of the industry’s biggest names, old and new, gathered at the Grosvenor Hotel for the event, including Tom Jones, Duran Duran, Mark Ronson, Charli XCX and Ella Eyre.

Among the first to walk the red carpet was Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who confirmed the heavy metal band’s upcoming tour, which starts in January, would be its last.

“This is going to be our final tour, that doesn’t mean to say I’ll stop playing,” Iommi, who won the Gibson Les Paul Award at the ceremony, said.

“But it’s going to be the final tour for the Sabbath thing.”

Gallagher’s High Flying Birds picked up the Q Best Album award for “Chasing Yesterday”, which like the other prizes was voted for by Q magazine readers. Speaking before the ceremony, he said he missed the fun times from when he was younger.

“I miss the early days for more reasons than that. My waistline being one of them,” he said. “Everybody misses being 25 right?”

“Hold Back The River” singer James Bay scooped the Q Best New Act Award.

“Q is the first music magazine I really sort of dug into and noticed,” he said on the red carpet, holding the award.

“Suddenly to be recognised by them is very meaningful, it’s very exciting,” he added.

Veteran Welsh singer Tom Jones meanwhile reiterated what he told a British television show last week – an incident when he once got hit by his wife.

“She read something in the paper and didn’t like that it was in the paper so I had to pay, you know, I had to pay for it,” he said.

Other winners included Florence + The Machine who picked up the Q Best Video award for “Ship to Wreck”, Ed Sheeran who won Q Best Solo Artist and DJ and music producer Mark Ronson who scooped the Q Hero award.

Rock band The Libertines won Q Best Track for “Gunga Din” while indie band Foals picked up Q Best Act In The World Today.

The sounds of the 1980s were also honoured with New Order winning the Q Outstanding Contribution To Music award, Gary Numan taking the Q Innovation In Sound prize and Duran Duran receiving the Q Icon award.