Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Q Award for Best Second Song

The remarkable generosity of Britain's music magazine.

Like the Brit Awards, in the last few years the Q Awards have been multiplying exponentially. Look at the nice compact list they had when they first began in 1990. From Best Album to Merit Award, they were eight in total.

Take a look at the last few years, however, and the same awards have reproduced like fast-sprawling weeds, triffid-style, turning into a feast of thesaurus-inspired duplicates that you'll struggle to tell apart.

Unless, of course, you can tell the difference between Q Inspiration, Q Legend, Q Icon, Q Hero, Q Classic Songwriter, Q Innovation in Sound, Q Lifetime Achievement and Q Outstanding Contribution to Music.

At this rate, don't be surprised if you'll soon spot pictures of a wasted Amy Winehouse puking into the Q Award for Best Middle Eight in a Love Song or Best First Verse in Song Beginning With 'D'.

3 comments:

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

I like Q a lot as the spread of music they touch upon is vast, unlike NME and others but I do agree that the Q awards has become all encompassing and full of bollocks, made-up awards.

And I think The Specials are bobbins, as is much of UK ska, just listen to the real thing and Prince Buster.

burkesworks said...

Q Inspiration, Q Legend, Q Icon, Q Hero, Q Classic Songwriter, Q Innovation in Sound, Q Lifetime Achievement and Q Outstanding Contribution to Music.

Don't the people at Q invariably end up awarding these gongs to Bono and his mealy mouth?

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

HA! very good point, either that or Coldplay/Paul McCartney.