It takes a certain level of star quality to shine in a room that includes Bono, Noel Gallagher, Nile Rodgers, The Kinks, The Streets and Paul Weller. At last year’s Q Awards, singer-songwriter Nadine Shah did such a great job presenting the Lifetime Achievement Award to Suede’s Brett Anderson that we’ve invited her to host this year’s ceremony.
“I’m quite nervous but it will be fine. I was there last year and loved it,” says Shah. “The Q Awards is just a bit cooler than other award ceremonies. It feels like mates who are musicians enjoying themselves, which is quite rare, so that makes it less terrifying.”
Not only is Shah the Q Awards’ first female presenter, but it will be the first time a musician has hosted the ceremony. “I think a lot of my job is going to be telling people what side of the stage they need to walk off: ‘Oh no, this way, love.’ I’m basically going to be like this oddball Geordie lollipop lady,” she laughs. “When I came offstage last year, Noel Gallagher turned to me like, ‘Alright Nadine, have you met Bono?’ Have I met Bono? Bono went to shake my hand and I was laughing so much I couldn’t. I was like, ‘No, sorry, this is too fucking weird.’ It was hilarious. Of course I don’t know Bono! It was so star-studded – you put on a bloody good do. I had fun.”
Shah is currently working on the follow-up to 2017’s Holiday Destination. The album was nominated for last year’s Mercury Prize, an award that went to Wolf Alice, who also performed live at the Q Awards that year. “I’m nearly done, I just need to find a few more words that rhyme,” Shah reports. “I’ve got to get in training for the Q Awards now though. My friend [DJ and presenter] Gemma Cairney has done loads of awards so I’m going round hers at the weekend to pick her brains.”
Shah’s tip for the presenters of individual awards is to make sure that you’re a fan of the recipient’s work “at the very, very least.” What about for those accepting awards themselves? “I wouldn’t know… Wolf Alice. I hope they’re not bloody there this year. Robbed!” she jokes. “At the Q Awards they were like, ‘Are you going to stay for the show?’ ‘Am I hell!’ I’m just joking, I did stay and went to the pub with them afterwards, it was lovely.”
This year’s ceremony, which takes place on 16 October at the Roundhouse, promises the same degree of star-studded pageantry and live music thrills. Biffy Clyro will perform a special sold-out Q Awards gig the night before and another extra-special show, taking place on the night of the awards, will be announced mid-September. And what’s more, you can help us choose the winners from this year’s categories and you could win a pair of tickets to the event. Here’s the deal…
How To Vote
To vote, click here and nominate your favourite artist, track, album or festival/event in the various categories shown. In addition to these categories, there will also be awards bestowed by Q magazine on the night to recognise career-long achievements. The closing date for open voting is midnight on
2 September. Shortlist voting will then reopen on the 12 September – your chance to help determine the ultimate winners.
Two pairs of VIP Balcony tickets to the Q Awards 2019 are up for grabs. Everyone who votes online will have the chance to enter a prize draw to win one of two pairs of VIP Balcony tickets to the Q Awards 2019. One winner will be chosen from open voting and one from shortlist voting – so make sure you vote in both to double your chances!
Terms & Conditions: Travel, accommodation and other costs are not included. The two sets of winners will be notified within a week of voting on the shortlist ending on 7 Oct. Entrants must be 18 or over. Please visit www.bauermedia.co.uk/terms-and-conditions for full terms and conditions.