Rockers U2 scoop Q Awards

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U2 have picked up two prizes at this year's Q Awards - the most out of any act nominated.

Story by UTV Ireland Staff, Dublin

The Irish rockers were awarded the Best Live gong at The Roundhouse in London on Wednesday, as well as the band's guitarist The Edge picking up the Gibson Les Paul award.

Elsewhere, The 1975 beat the likes of Coldplay, Bastille and the late David Bowie as they took the prize for Best Album.

Bowie was posthumously honoured with the nomination for his final album Blackstar, but the accolade went to The 1975's record I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It.

The band, who missed out on the three other awards for which they were nominated, were unable to attend the ceremony due to being on tour, and instead sent a thank-you video message.

Singer-songwriter James Bay took the gong for Best Solo act, fending off competition from the likes of Noel Gallagher and Mercury Prize winner Skepta, and newcomer Jack Garratt walked away with the Breakthrough Act award.

It was a strong night for rock groups Muse and Bastille, as they won the Best Act in the World Today and Best Track awards respectively.

And much-loved US acts Meat Loaf and Blondie were also honoured at the awards ceremony.

Meat Loaf received the Hero award from the stars of the forthcoming Bat Out Of Hell musical as he prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his album of the same name.

Blondie picked up the Outstanding Contribution to Music award, a special moment for the Debbie Harry-fronted band as they performed at The Roundhouse nearly four decades ago.

Other winners included PJ Harvey, MIA, Ray Davies and Madness.

Q magazine's editor-in-chief Phil Alexander said: "This year's winners in the categories that were voted for by the readers show underline the broad church of music that Q represents."

The Q Awards was hosted by Absolute Radio's Christian O'Connell and the event marked the first time members of the public were able to attend since its inception in 1990.

2016 Q Award winners

Q Breakthrough Act - Jack Garratt

Q Best Track - Bastille (Good Grief)

Q Best Video - PJ Harvey (The Community of Hope)

Q Best Album - The 1975 (I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It)

Q Best Live - U2

Q Best Solo - James Bay

Q Best Act in the World Today - Muse

Q Innovation in Sound Award - MIA

Q Hero - Meat Loaf

Q Classic Songwriter - Ray Davies

Q Hall of Fame - Madness

Q Classic Album - The Charlatans (Tellin' Stories)

Q Gibson Les Paul Award - The Edge

Q Outstanding Contribution to Music - Blondie

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