Q Awards nominations announced: Arctic Monkeys, Christine & the Queens and Janelle Monae on list

Via The Independent

By Roisin O'Connor

The nominees for the annual Q Awards have been announced, with Kendrick Lamar, Arctic Monkeys, The 1975, Janelle Monae, Christine & The Queens and Tom Grennan among the shortlisted artists.

IDLES, The 1975, Janelle Monae, Christine & The Queens, Arctic Monkeys and south London post-punks Goat Girl lead the nominations with two nods each.

Competing for the Q Best Album category are Interpol, Anna Calvi, Noel Gallagher, Arctic Monkeys and IDLES.

Taylor Swift received a nod for Q Best Live Act, as did David Byrne, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Liam Gallagher and Stefflon Don.

Kendrick Lamar was nominated for Best Act In The World Today alongside The 1975, Arctic Monkeys, Paul Weller, St Vincent, and Florence & The Machine.

The awards ceremony takes place at The Roundhouse in London, and will include performances from bands including Wolf Alice and IDLES.

Q Magazine editor Ted Kessler said: "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 Monae'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."

See the nominations in full, 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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The public can vote here until 5 October. The Q Awards take place at The Roundhouse in London on 17 October.

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