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Sunday 21 December 2014

Oasis shortlisted for 'world's best act'

LONDON - FEBRUARY 14: Liam Gallagher of Oasis performs on stage at The BRIT Awards 2007 in association with MasterCard at Earls Court 1 on February 14, 2007 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher
LONDON - OCTOBER 10: (UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS OUT) John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono poses with Oasis's Liam Gallagher and a posthumous Q Special Award for John Lennon in the awards room at The Q Awards, the annual magazine’s music awards, at Grosvenor House on October 10, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher;Yoko Ono
LONDON - OCTOBER 10: Noel Gallagher (L) and Liam Gallagher of Oasis arrive with Nicole Appleton at The Q Awards, the annual magazine's music awards, at Grosvenor House on October 10, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by Jo Hale/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Noel Gallagher;Liam Gallagher
LONDON - MAY 16: Oasis frontman Liam Gallagher gestures during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at White Hart Lane on May 16, 2009 in London, England. (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 22: Liam Gallagher of Oasis brings out a belt for boxer Ricky Hatton of England before taking on Paulie Malignaggi during their light-welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Oasis attends "Che Tempo Che Fa" Italian TV Show on November 9, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Oasis attends "Che Tempo Che Fa" Italian TV Show on November 9, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Oasis attends "Che Tempo Che Fa" Italian TV Show on November 9, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 09: Oasis attends "Che Tempo Che Fa" Italian TV Show on November 9, 2008 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
LONDON - : (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES) Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher with is mother Peggy Gallagher at the opening night of Steve Coogan's comedy show in the West End, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher;Peggy Gallagher
MILAN - MAY 30: British pop star Liam Gallagher of the pop group "Oasis" performs on stage on May 30, 2000 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)
Family portrait of the Gallagher family in the mid 1970's from left to right Noel, Paul, Liam and Mum Peggy Gallagher. Noel and Liam Gallagher are both in the British rock band Oasis. (Photo by Dan Callister/Liaison)
LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 22: Noel and Liam Gallagher of Oasis bring out boxer Ricky Hatton of England's belts before taking on Paulie Malignaggi during their light-welterweight fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena November 22, 2008 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by John Gichigi/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Noel Gallagher;Liam Gallagher
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 3: (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES) Singer Liam Gallagher from Oasis on stage for 100fm Radio show on December 3, 1999 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher
LONDON - : (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES) Oasis lead singer Liam Gallagher and brother Noal Gallagher at the opening night of Steve Coogan's comedy show in the West End, London. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher;Noel Gallagher
SAN FRANCISCO - : (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES) Singer Liam Gallagher (L) and brother Noel Gallagher of band Oasis perform on stage in San Francisco supporting U2. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Noel Gallagher;Liam Gallagher
PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 3: (UK NEWSPAPERS OUT WITHOUT PRIOR CONSENT FROM DAVE HOGAN. PLEASE CONTACT SALES TEAM WITH ENQUIRIES) Singer Liam Gallagher (L) and brother Noel Gallagher from Oasis on stage on December 3, 1999 in Philadelphia. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Liam Gallagher;Noel Gallagher

They may be gone but they are not forgotten - recently-split Oasis are in the running for the title of world's best act at a top music awards bash today.

The band, whose guitarist Noel Gallagher quit in August, were shortlisted for "best act in the world today" at the Q Awards, against Kings Of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Muse.

Oasis will also compete for the best live act award at the London event, against acts such as U2, Blur and Take That.

Noel and brother Liam have been invited to the event, organised by Q magazine at the Grosvenor House Hotel, but they have largely kept away from the limelight since their rift led to Noel quitting moments before a gig in Paris.

A trio of acts lead the field with three nominations each - Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys and Florence & The Machine.

U2, Dizzee Rascal and Lady GaGa are among the acts with a pair of mentions on the shortlist.

Chart hit Relax by Frankie Goes To Hollywood, which received an unofficial Radio 1 ban, was named a classic song ahead of this year's awards.

The track was the first of the band's songs which went to number one and will be honoured at the ceremony.

Relax, released 25 years ago, was masterminded by producer and former Buggles star Trevor Horn, who created its over-the-top sound and released it on his new label ZTT.

His revamped version was almost unrecognisable from the song which had earlier been aired on Channel 4 show The Tube the previous year, an appearance which led to Horn signing the band.

Relax found infamy when then Radio 1 Breakfast Show host Mike Read realised what it was about and refused to continue playing it.

Q's editor-in-chief Paul Rees said: "The Q Awards prides itself on honouring the best popular music of the year and the 2009 vintage is no exception. Once again the nominations prove that great music continues to be made across a broad range of styles."

Here are the nominations for this years' awards - officially called the Q Awards with Russian Standard Vodka:

  • :: Best new act - White Lies; Friendly Fires; Empire Of The Sun; Passion Pit; The Dead Weather.
  • :: Breakthrough artist - Florence & The Machine; Lady GaGa; La Roux; Mr Hudson; Pixie Lott.
  • :: Best track - Kasabian, Fire; Muse, Uprising; Arctic Monkeys, Crying Lightning; Dizzee Rascal, Bonkers; Noisettes, Never Forget You; Lily Allen, The Fear.
  • :: Best video - The Dead Weather, Treat Me Like Your Mother; Dizzee Rascal, Holiday; Florence & The Machine, Drumming Song; Mika, We Are Golden; Lady GaGa, Just Dance.
  • :: Best live act - The Prodigy; U2; Oasis; Kasabian; Arctic Monkeys; Blur; Take That.
  • :: Best album - Arctic Monkeys, Humbug; U2, No Line On The Horizon; Florence & The Machine, Lungs; The Prodigy, Invaders Must Die; Kasabian, West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum.
  • :: Best act in the world today - Kings Of Leon; Arctic Monkeys; Oasis; Coldplay; Muse.

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