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Arctic Monkeys win major Q Award
Alex Turner of the Arctic Monkeys
Arctic Monkeys won one award but missed out on two others

Indie rock group Arctic Monkeys have been named the best act in the world today at the Q Awards in London.

But the band were beaten to the prize for best album by Amy Winehouse's Back to Black, and also missed out in the best live act category, won by Muse.

Manic Street Preachers took the award for the year's top track for Your Love Alone is Not Enough, while Ruby by the Kaiser Chiefs received best video.

The Enemy were best new act, while top breakthrough artist was Kate Nash.

Hero award

The lunchtime ceremony, at the Grosvenor House Hotel, also saw a number of musicians receiving trophies honouring their careers.

The icon of the year was Sir Paul McCartney, Kylie Minogue was named idol of 2007, and former Blur frontman Damon Albarn took the prize for inspiration.

Kylie Minogue
Kylie Minogue said it was 'very exciting' to be at the ceremony
Minogue, 39, showing off a new Marilyn Monroe-esque hairstyle and a figure-hugging black dress, was greeted with a standing ovation from her peers.

It was her first appearance at an awards ceremony since returning to the limelight following her treatment for breast cancer.

She said: "It's my first day back at work like this so it's very exciting and slightly nerve-wracking."

Sir Paul received a cheer from the audience as he paid tribute to late wife Linda, who died in 1998.

"I thank Linda for seeing me through some real tough periods," he said, before thanking his former Beatle bandmates and his "fantastic, beautiful" children.

There was a songwriting award for Billy Bragg, while Sigur Ros were recognised for their innovation in sound.

Manic Street Preachers
Manic Street Preachers won the best track award

A lifetime achievement prize went to ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, with the Q legend category going to Ian Brown.

Jonathan Ross, who hosted the awards, poked fun at the Spice Girls.

"The Spice Girls are reforming - in the same way they reform meat into nuggets," he said. "God bless them, they're going to be reforming under the name Atomic Mutton."

Q, which is celebrating its 21st birthday this year, also gave a classic song award to the Stereophonics for Local Boy in the Photograph, and a classic album prize to Urban Hymns by The Verve.

A merit award went to US singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, and the late Tony Wilson - founder of Manchester's Factory Records - was named Q's hero.

The 57-year-old died from cancer in August.

Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order, struggled to hold back the tears as he paid tribute to the man dubbed "Mr Manchester", and presented the award to Wilson's children, Oliver and Isobel.

They told the audience: "We miss him and it's really nice to know that other people do too."

Other winners included Kaiser Chiefs for best Video, Manic Street Preachers for best Track, and Kate Nash for best breakthrough artist.

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