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Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 11:00 GMT


Stereophonics are Q tips for success

Stereophonics singer Kelly Jones performing at NetAid last month

Rock bands Stereophonics and Travis are the front-runners for prizes in the Q Awards, which are being held in London on Wednesday.

The monthly magazine's annual awards ceremony features an eclectic list of nominees, with both acts nominated for three awards, including best album.

Blur and REM are also in the spotlight, with two nominations each.

Stereophonics do battle with Blur, REM, U2, and Oasis for the Best Act In The World Today. The Manic Street Preachers, who won last year, are also nominated.

[ image: Successful 1999: Travis bassist Dougie Payne and singer Fran Healy]
Successful 1999: Travis bassist Dougie Payne and singer Fran Healy
The awards mark another milestone in the band's short but successful career. After winning best newcomer at the 1998 Brit Awards, their second album Performance And Cocktails - nominated for Best Album - has been one of the biggest-selling of the year. Their other nomination is for Best Live Act.

Travis' rise to fame has been slower. The band, from Glasgow, were originally tipped for success when they supported Oasis on tour in 1997. But 1999 has seen them quietly become one of the UK's biggest rock bands.

Their single Why Does It Always Rain On Me? received heavy radio airplay during the summer and became one of the anthems of the year. It has a Q nomination, as does their second album The Man Who.

They are also nominated for Best New Act - despite making their chart debut over two years ago. Music press favourites Shack - who themselves have been around for much of the 1990s - are also up for Best New Act, as are much-hyped guitar band Gay Dad, cult rock outfit The Beta Band, club favourites Basement Jaxx and US soul singer Macy Gray.

The awards traditionally attract a healthy contingent of celebrities - this year rock veteran Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones is among the guests. The Big Breakfast presenter Johnny Vaughan is among hosts the awards at the Park Lane Hotel.

Jo Whiley's show on BBC Radio 1 from 1200-1400 GMT will come live from the awards. It can also be heard on Radio 1's website.

Q nominations:

Best Single (Voted for by listeners to the Jo Whiley and Dave Pearce shows on BBC Radio 1): The New Radicals, You Get What You Give; Lauryn Hill, Doo Wop (That Thing); Travis, Why Does It Always Rain On Me?; Supergrass, Moving; TLC, No Scrubs ; Blur, Tender.

Best Album: Travis, The Man Who; Blur, 13 ; Mercury Rev, Deserter's Songs ; Chemical Brothers, Surrender; Texas, The Hush; Stereophonics, Performance & Cocktails

Best New Act: Macy Gray, Gay Dad, Travis, Shack, Basement Jaxx , The Beta Band

Best Live Act: REM, Stereophonics, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The Rolling Stones, Suede, Gomez

Best Act In The World Today: Radiohead, Stereophonics, U2, REM, Blur, Manic Street Preachers, Oasis

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