Kate Bush in line for Q awards

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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Comeback queen Kate Bush is up for a pair of prizes at the annual Q Awards on the strength of her stage return after 35 years.

Kasabian lead the nominations for the magazine’s prize bash after being shortlisted for four trophies while Arctic Monkeys are in the running for three when they are staged next month.

Bush – who has performed a series of sell-out shows at the Hammersmith Apollo in London – competes for the titles of best act in the world today and best live act. She has previously been ineligible for the live title in the awards’ 25-year history because she had effectively retired from live performance after her only real tour in 1979.

Sam Smith, Paolo Nutini, Elbow, Damon Albarn and Arcade Fire have been shortlisted for two awards.

Kasabian’s haul of nominations includes best track for Eez-eh, best album for 48:13, best act and best live act. Arctic Monkeys are shortlisted for best video for Arabella, best act and best live act.

Matt Mason, the senior editor of Q magazine, said: “It’s been a remarkable and fascinating 12 months for music, and these nominations are a measure of that. We’ve had the surprise and brilliance of Kate Bush’s return alongside the excitement and invention delivered by all the nominees in the best new act category.

“From the two-man blast of newcomers Royal Blood to headline performances from Kasabian, Arcade Fire and Arctic Monkeys, there have been constant reminders of rock’n’roll’s enduring power to knock our socks off. All the nominated acts have helped make 2014 a brilliant year.”

The event – officially called the Xperia Access Q Awards – is hosted by Absolute Radio presenter Christian O’Connell at the Grosvenor House hotel in central London.

The full list of nominations is as follows:

:: Q Best New Act

Ella Eyre

Sam Smith

The Fat White Family

Royal Blood

FKA Twigs

The 1975

George Ezra


London Grammar


:: Q Best Track

Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky

Sam Smith – Stay With Me

Lorde – Royals

Kaiser Chiefs – Coming Home

Kasabian – Eez-eh

:: Q Best Video

Arctic Monkeys – Arabella

Elbow – New York Morning

Coldplay – Magic

Jamie xx – Sleep Sound

Paloma Faith – Only Love Can Hurt Like This

:: Q Best Album

Elbow – The Take Off And Landing Of Everything

Manic Street Preachers – Futurology

Kasabian – 48:13

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots

The Black Keys – Turn Blue

:: Q Best Live Act

Arcade Fire

Arctic Monkeys


Kate Bush

Jack White

:: Q Best Solo Artist

Paolo Nutini

St Vincent

Damon Albarn

Jake Bugg

Ed Sheeran

:: Q Best Act In The World Today

Arctic Monkeys

Pharrell Williams

Arcade Fire


Kate Bush

Published: Wednesday 22nd October 2014 by The News Editor

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