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25 Oct 2011

Singer Adele has won best female artist and best track at Q magazine's music awards in London.

The 23-year-old, whose album 21 is the biggest seller of the year, was unable to attend the ceremony. Her awards were picked up by producer Paul Epworth.

Other prizes went to rapper Tinie Tempah, who was named best male artist and Coldplay, who picked up best act in the world today.

The monthly music magazine is currently celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Readers voted U2 the best band of the publication's lifetime. Speaking on the red carpet, frontman Bono said Q had been crucial to his career.

"It's a truly great thing," he said. "They're so important for anyone that wants to take all their music all the way."

Other guests at the star-studded ceremony included best newcomer Ed Sheeran, "next big thing" winner Lana Del Rey, Snow Patrol, Brian May and The Vaccines.

Outstanding contribution

Adele's Rolling in the Deep was picked out as the best track of 2011 ahead of her ubiquitous hit Someone Like You, which was also nominated.

The singer's victory comes just a fortnight after she was forced to shelve a US tour due to problems with her throat.

The best album award was given to US singer Bon Iver for his self-titled second record. Nominated in the same category were Elbow and Mercury prize-winner PJ Harvey.

Fresh from her recent success at the Mobo awards in Glasgow, Jessie J won best video for Do It Like a Dude, while Scots rockers Biffy Clyro took home the award for best live act.

Q editor Paul Rees said the winners "were reflective of how rich and varied the musical landscape is".

Some of the other winners included former Oasis guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher who was presented with the Q Icon award.

Speaking before the show, the elder Gallagher brother played down the success of his debut solo album, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, which topped the UK chart on Sunday.

"I've got to say, the football overshadowed everything yesterday," he said, in reference to Manchester City's 6-1 victory over rivals Manchester United.

His acceptance speech was similarly self-effacing: "I've had a lot of awards over the years but this is the most recent".

Take That's Gary Barlow, currently on TV screens as the lead judge on The X Factor, was honoured with classic songwriter.

The ceremony also saw Queen entered into Q's Hall Of Fame and Siouxsie Sioux awarded for her outstanding contribution to music.


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