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Oasis named best act at Q Awards
Noel Gallagher of Oasis
Noel Gallagher collected his award from Paul Weller
Oasis, Arctic Monkeys and U2 were the big winners at the 2006 Q Awards, with Oasis being crowned best act in the world today.

The band's Noel Gallagher also collected the classic songwriter award at the London ceremony.

The Arctic Monkeys - who had four nominations - won the best album and the people's choice awards, while U2 picked up the prize for innovation.

The Irish rockers also received the special one-off band of bands accolade.

'Perennially popular'

It was awarded to U2 for polling most votes from Q readers in the lifetime of the Q Awards, and collected by U2 guitarist The Edge.

Q Editor Paul Rees said: "Oasis and U2 have remained perennially popular with Q and its readers.

Corinne Bailey Rae
Bailey Rae last month won two Music of Black Origin awards

"In handing out four awards between them, Q magazine and its readers have once again re-stated the high regard in which we hold them both."

He added: "As the fastest selling British debut album of all time, The Arctic Monkeys' Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not was the single most outstanding record of this year.

"Q readers have embraced the band as quickly as anyone, and as a result their best album win is as unsurprising as it is well deserved."

But collecting their awards, Arctic Monkeys' lead singer Alex Turner criticised Q for honouring Take That with the idol award.

"A lot of people make jokes about having awards for no reason just for the sake of having awards, and pretending they were good when they weren't," he said.

I consider myself to be one of the most blessed men that ever lived
Smokey Robinson

Take That staged a reunion tour this year, a decade after they split.

Jason Orange said it was a pleasure to be at the Q Awards.

"We used to do the Smash Hits awards and all that so it's nice to be acknowledged by a credible magazine - not that Smash Hits wasn't credible," he said.

Soul star Smokey Robinson was honoured with his first ever UK award for his outstanding contribution to music.

"I consider myself to be one of the most blessed men that ever lived," he said.

"If you had asked me the day before I was born to choose what I wanted my life to be, I would have chosen this. This has been my childhood dream," he added.

Manics dedication

Kasabian, The Who, The Kooks, Paul Weller, Oasis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Sugababes, Orson, Manic Street Preachers, Peter Gabriel, Embrace, Primal Scream, The Killers, Take That, Muse, Keane, Jay Kay, Razorlight, A-ha, Gnarls Barkley and Girls Aloud all attended the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel.

The ceremony, which is not televised, was hosted by Jonathan Ross.

Boy George was back in the spotlight after his community service stint in New York, collecting the classic song award for Karma Chameleon.

Alex Turner from the Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys followed their Mercury Prize win with two Q Awards
The singer and DJ said: "I'm so glad to get this award because it means you now recognise me again as a singer and not a road-sweeper."

Other winners were Muse for best live act, The Who received the prestigious Q legend award and Primal Scream won the Q groundbreaker award.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory director Tim Burton presented the best video award to The Killers for When You Were Young.

The Manic Street Preachers picked up the Q merit award which they dedicated to their late manager Philip Hall and band member Richey Edwards, who disappeared in 1995.

Singer James Dean Bradfield said: "Everything we ever get feels very bitter-sweet because of the two people indelibly scratched onto our hearts."

Other winners included Corinne Bailey Rae, for best new act, Gnarls Barkley's Crazy, for best track, and Peter Gabriel was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Moby.


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Clips from some of the winners at the Q Awards



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