Opening voting for the 2014 Xperia Access Q Awards began this morning (29 July) - giving you the chance to shape this year's shortlist.
You can nominate any act you like, as long as they've been releasing music or playing gigs this year - vote now! This year you can also register your support for your favourite bands by making a Q Awards Playlist.
All you have to do is pick a song for each of the categories - Q Best New Act presented by Xperia Access, Q Best Track presented by Absolute Radio, Q Best Album (just pick one song from the record), Q Best Solo Artist presented by Citroën, Q Best Live Act presented by The Cavern Club, Q Best Video and Q Best Act In The World Today - publish it via a streaming platform (eg: Spotify, Deezer, etc - who knows if enough of you stream the same songs, one of them might even make it into the lower reaches of the chart...) - and then tweet it to us using the hashtag #XperiaAccessQAwards or leave a link in the comments below. The Q team will have a listen and we will feature the best ones.
You're free to vote and playlist whoever you like, but just to give you some musical food for thought, we asked the team here to create their Q Awards 2014 Playlists, so have a listen now (and don't be swayed by the outpouring of love for Beck, Arctic Monkeys, etc, below... well, unless you agree).
Chris Catchpole, Now Editor
Q Best New Act: Jungle – Busy Earnin' Q Best Track: Jamie XX - Girl Q Best Album: The War On Drugs - Red Eyes (from Lost In The Dream) Q Best Solo Artist: Beck – Blue Moon Q Best Live Act: Arcade Fire - Reflektor Q Best Video: Wild Beasts – A Simple Beautiful Truth Q Best Act In The World Today: Arctic Monkeys - Arabella
Niall Doherty, Associate Editor (Reviews)
Q Best New Act: Royal Blood – Out Of The Black Q Best Track: Arcade Fire – Afterlife Q Best Album: Damon Albarn – You And Me (from Everyday Robots) Q Best Solo Artist: St Vincent – Digital Witness Q Best Live Act: Kasabian - Bumblebeee Q Best Video: Alt-J – Hunger Of The Pine Q Best Act In The World Today: Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It
Simon McEwen, Associate Editor (Production)
Q Best New Act: Fat White Family – Touch The Leather Q Best Track: Pharrell Williams - Happy Q Best Album: Beck - Heart Is A Drum (from Morning Phase) Q Best Solo Artist: Morrissey - I Am Not A Man Q Best Live Act: Arctic Monkeys – Snap Out Of It Q Best Video: FKA Twigs – Two Weeks Q Best Act In The World Today: Arcade Fire – Here Comes The Night Time
Matt Mason, Senior Editor
Q Best New Act: Courtney Barnett – Avant Gardener Q Best Track: Paolo Nutini – Iron Sky Q Best Album: Beck – Blue Moon (from Morning Phase) Q Best Solo Artist: Mac DeMarco – Passing Out Pieces Q Best Live Act: Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t Q Best Video: Elbow – New York Morning Q Best Act In The World Today: Arcade Fire – Reflektor
Paul Stokes, Associate Editor (Digital)
Q Best New Act: Jungle – Busy Earnin' Q Best Track: Caribou – Can't Do Without You Q Best Album: The Liminanas – My Black Sabbath (from Costa Blanca) Q Best Solo Artist: Hamilton Leithauser - Alexandra Q Best Live Act: Arctic Monkeys - Fireside Q Best Video: Baxter Dury - Pleasure Q Best Act In The World Today: Interpol – All The Rage Back Home
Matt Yates, Associate Copy Editor
Q Best New Act: Royal Blood – Out Of The Black Q Best Track: Lorde – Royals Q Best Album: Beck – Morning (from Morning Phase) Q Best Solo Artist: Lorde – Tennis Court Q Best Live Act: Katy Perry – Dark Horse Q Best Video: Jamie xx – Sleep Sound Q Best Act In The World Today: Arcade Fire – We Exist