Wednesday, November 3, 1999 Published at 14:43 GMT
Rock veterans honoured at awards
Rock legend: Keith Richards with his wife Patty at the awards
Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and rock veteran Ian Dury have been given special prizes at the Q Awards in London.
Richards, as well-known for his hedonistic lifestyle as for his contribution to the band, received a special merit award from the magazine.
Punk hero Dury - who is fighting cancer - won the Classic Songwriters title along with his Blockheads bandmate Chaz Jankel.
Blur, who are celebrating 10 years together as a band, won Best Act In The World Today. William Orbit, who produced their album 13 as well as Madonna's Ray Of Light, was named best producer.
Receiving his award from Bob Geldof, Richards said: "It's a pleasure, really a pleasure. I'm all right on stage, but this is embarrassing. Bless you all."
Ian Dury sent a filmed acceptance speech, but turned up to the ceremony anyway.
"There's only one thing for me better than writing songs and that's playing them with the Blockheads, and they're all sitting here, all of them."
Blur singer Damon Albarn received his Best Band In The World prize from novelist Will Self.
He said: "It doesn't seem very objective seeing as we don't sell many records in America. I don't feel like we deserve this, but thanks very much."
Club duo the Chemical Brothers won best album for Surrender, which missed out on a Mercury Music Prize earlier this year in favour of Talvin Singh's OK.
Guitar groups Travis and Stereophonics, nominated for three awards each, picked up one prize apiece.
Glasweigan band Travis won best single for Why Does It Always Rain On Me?, the song which helped them break through from cult popularity to mainstream stardom.
Another veteran act - Manchester group New Order - took the Inspiration Award. Their 1983 hit Blue Monday was one of the first electronic dance hits.
Singer Bernard Sumner paid tribute to former Joy Division band-mate Ian Curtis, producer Martin Hannett and manager Rob Gretton, who have all died.
But only he and bassist Peter Hook arrived for the ceremony - fellow members Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert were at home celebrating the birth of their new baby, Grace.
Most of the awards are voted for by readers of Q magazine.
The winners in full:
Best Single: Travis, Why Does It Always Rain On Me?
Best New Act: Basement Jaxx.
Best Live Act: Stereophonics.
Best Album: Chemical Brothers, Surrender.
Best Act in The World Today: Blur.
Q Classic Songwriter: Ian Dury and Chaz Jankel.
Best Producer: William Orbit.
Q Inspiration Award: New Order.
Q Special Merit Award: Keith Richards.
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