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Fan power helps Oasis to Q glory
Liam Gallagher
Liam Gallagher toasts his win at Monday's ceremony
Oasis have defied the critics to triumph at this year's Q Awards and prove they are still a hit with fans.

They were named the people's choice and their latest release, Don't Believe the Truth, was voted best album - despite only receiving lukewarm reviews.

But they were beaten to the title of best act in the world by Coldplay, while U2 were named best live act.

Cartoon pop group Gorillaz also picked up two of the monthy music magazine's awards at the London ceremony.

The act, founded by Blur frontman Damon Albarn, won best video and best producer.

Readers' votes

Noel Gallagher and Chris Martin
I send my love to Liam - we're not in a fight with anybody
Chris Martin
(right, with Noel Gallagher)
Singer-songwriter James Blunt, who has had the year's biggest hit with You're Beautiful, was named best new artist.

But another new star, KT Tunstall, won the award for best track for Black Horse and the Cherry Tree - beating songs by Blunt, Oasis, Coldplay and U2.

The main Q Awards are voted for by the magazine's readers, while a string of other career honours were given to veteran stars.

When Oasis' sixth studio album Don't Believe the Truth was released in May, Noel Gallagher declared it "our best album since Morning Glory" while Liam Gallagher said it was "miles better than Definitely Maybe".

Outstanding contribution

But the NME said it was "base camp for their long trek upwards back to greatness" and The Observer said the band were "still struggling to reignite themselves".

KT Tunstall
KT Tunstall was a winner at the ceremony
On Monday, it beat fellow Q nominees Coldplay for X&Y, James Blunt for Back to Bedlam, Kaiser Chiefs for Employment and Goldfrapp for Supernature.

Accepting the prize, Noel Gallagher said: "It was a change to not get the token live act award for being able to play the guitar. Best album, nice one."

Coldplay's Chris Martin joked about Alan McGee - the record chief who discovered Oasis in the early 1990s - referring to his band's sound as "music for bedwetters".

Martin said: "Somewhere in the world Alan McGee is having a heart attack. He said we'd never make it. I send my love to Liam - we're not in a fight with anybody, except George Bush."

Among the other honours handed out were an inspiration award for Bjork, the legend award for Joy Division, the innovation in sound award for The Prodigy and an outstanding contribution accolade for Paul Weller.

The Bee Gees picked up a lifetime achievement award, Nick Cave won the classic songwriter award, Jimmy Page won the icon award and Ray Davies of The Kinks picked up a prize for classic song. Damon Albarn presented the honour for Waterloo Sunset.




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