Radiohead were voted best act in the world at the Q Awards but refused to turn up after the magazine branded them "miserable".
Duran Duran were honoured by the magazine
Instead, the band sent a soundless video message with some text declaring: "Radiohead aren't talking to Q".
They had been up against Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters and Coldplay for the top accolade in the awards announced at London's Park Lane Hotel.
Coldplay did not win any awards despite being nominated for four including best single for Clocks, best video for The Scientist and best live performance.
Best act: Radiohead
Best new act: The Thrills
Best live act: Robbie Williams
Best album: Blur - Think Tank
Inspiration award: The Cure
Lifetime achievement award: Duran Duran
They also stayed away from the awards hosted by television presenter Iain Lee.
Duran Duran picked up the prize for lifetime achievement as they did at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York in August.
"The Q Awards are special because they're voted for by the people who matter most - real music fans," said Paul Rees, editor of Q magazine.
Christina Aguilera won best single award for Dirrty, Electric Six won best video for Gay Bar and Robbie Williams' sell-out Knebworth gigs earned him the best live act.
Christina Aguilera won best single for Dirrty
Blur won best album for Think Tank, while The Thrills picked up the best new act award and Muse won the award for innovation.
Veteran acts were honoured at the awards which will be broadcast on Channel 4 on Monday.
The Cure won the inspiration award, which recognises an act that has inspired a new generation of musicians and songwriters.
Dexy's Midnight Runners won the songwriter award while US rockers Jane's Addiction won the icon award.
The Q awards are among the biggest prizes on the rock scene.
Fans voted for the winners on the Q music magazine's website.