Band wins prestigious prize at Q awards

Oasis were named Best Act In The World Today at the Q Awards.

Guitarist Noel Gallagher attended the prestigious ceremony, held at London’s lavish Grosvenor House hotel, with girlfriend Sara MacDonald. But his hellraising brother and bandmate Liam was a notable absentee.

As 39-year-old Noel collected his prize, he told pop acts Take That and A-Ha they’d had a lucky escape as his brother had gone to the zoo with his long-term partner Nicole Appleton and their son Gene.

He announced: ‘There’s no way Liam’d have let the likes of Take That and A-Ha come up here without giving them some serious mindless abuse. But seriously, he’s gone to the zoo – the monkeys are bringing their kids to look at him.’

Noel also scooped the award for Classic Songwriter – presented by his close friend Paul Weller – an accolade which he was genuinely surprised to receive.

He said: ‘I was gobsmacked when they called out my name. My manager never told me about it.’

Other big winners on the day included U2 who received the special Q Award of Awards, and Arctic Monkeys who walked away with two gongs for Best Album and the People’s Choice Award.