Florence + the Machine Sweeps The Q Awards
The annual Q Awards commenced today in London with Anglophenia favorite Florence + the Machine earning two statues for Best Female and Best Track for "You've Got the Love."
The BBC reports that a newly reunited Take That appeared together for the first time since their acrimonious split with Robbie Williams 15 years ago. The chart-topping boy band, who've earned 22 Top 40 singles in the UK, took home the Hall of Fame award. Next month, they'll issue their new comeback single, "The Flood," coinciding the release of their sixth studio effort, Progress.
"Very happy to be back – first day and we've won an award," said a jovial Robbie Williams, who slags off his last solo efforts in the new issue of Q. "I'd like to thank my boys. Extremely happy here. Looking forward to the next few years."
Additional winners at the 20th installment of the widely celebrated music awards show included Paolo Nutini for Best Male, Mumford and Sons for Best New Act, and the always debonair Bryan Ferry — whose Olympia album drops on Tuesday (October 26) — for the Q Icon. The National's spectacular fifth LP, High Violet, was hailed Best Album.
"It was weird and surreal and fun to see so many heroes in the same room," singer Matt Berninger told The BBC. "It felt as though we were plopped into an alternative universe for an hour there."
"We are looking forward to rubbing it into Arcade Fire's nose as soon as we see them!" he jokingly added.
Suede, another act that's enjoying being back together, received the Q Inspiration award and frontman Brett Anderson honored his former bandmate Bernard Butler, who left the Britpop band in 1994, in his acceptance speech.
"I don't think we can accept this award without mentioning Bernard and that great work he did with us early on," Anderson said. "This one's for Bernard too."
Last but not least, Sir Paul McCartney took home the Q Classic Album award for Wings' mega hit 1973 effort, Band on the Run, which receives deluxe reissue treatment next month. The former Beatle dedicated the award to his late wife, Linda, who passed away from breast cancer in 1998.
For a complete list of winners, please visit Q's official homepage.