Q Awards 2017 features first-ever longlist

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The vot­ing sys­tem for the 2017 Q Awards in as­so­ci­a­tion with Ab­so­lute Ra­dio features the first-ever longlist to help se­lect the nom­i­nees. The general pub­lic can now vote from the seven cat­e­gories com­piled by the staff at Q mag­a­zine of acts they've sup­ported through­out the year. Mu­sic fans have un­til Mon­day Au­gust 31 with the awards nom­i­nees short­list an­nounced on Sep­tem­ber 7. This year sees Ed Sheeran, 26, left out of the Best Al­bum cat­e­gory for his chart-smash­ing al­bum 'Di­vide', how­ever, he's listed for Best Act in the World To­day, Best Track for 'Shape of You', Best Solo Artist and Best Live Act. For­mer Oa­sis front­man Liam Gal­lagher, 44, will go head-to­head with the big­gest bands in the busi­ness for Best Track for 'Wall of Glass' and he's also up for Best Live Act and Best Solo Act. Speak­ing about the awards, Q editor Ted Kessler said: "From re­turn­ing rock'n'roll icons to grime's main­stream break­through and Ed Sheeran's con­tin­ued con­quer­ing of the pop land­scape, it has been a bril­liant year for mu­sic. This year's Q Awards are a re­flec­tion of that and it's shap­ing up to be one of the events of the year. The newly-cre­ated longlists mean that vot­ers will play a cru­cial role in help­ing to shape our short­lists, and live per­for­mances on the night from Sleaford Mods, one of the UK's most ex­cit­ing live bands, and Manic Street Preach­ers, who have a long and il­lus­tri­ous history with Q, will cap off what prom­ises to be an­other out­stand­ing Q Awards." The cer­e­mony will take place on Oc­to­ber 18 at Cam­den's Round­house and will see Ab­so­lute Ra­dio's Chris­tian O'Con­nell host the evening for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year. Speak­ing about his re­turn, O'Con­nell said: "It's an honor to host the Q awards again this year and it's great to see Liam Gal­lagher back and go­ing head to head with the big­gest bands in the in­dus­try. This could be the liveli­est awards in years."

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