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U2 are 'greatest act in 25 years'

Irish rock band U2 were honoured today as the greatest act of the past quarter of a century.

The band were chosen by readers of music magazine Q as the top artists of the past 25 years at its annual awards.

U2 frontman Bono stole a line from the Queen song We Are The Champions as he explained the secret of his band's longevity, saying: "We'll keep on fighting to the end. That's what being in a band is all about."

Chart-topping act Adele was a double winner at the event, landing the prizes for best female and best track for her hit Rolling In The Deep.

The record-breaking singer's win comes just a fortnight after she was forced to pull the plug on a US tour due to problems with her throat which had threatened to wreck her voice irreparably.

She was unable to attend as she continues to rest and recover. In a message read out at the event, she said was "absolutely chuffed" and hoped to celebrate when she had been "given the all-clear".

Other big winners included Coldplay, who were named the best act in the world today, and Take That's Gary Barlow, who was rewarded with an honorary prize as classic songwriter for his two decades of hits.

Chris Martin presented the prize to Barlow and said he was among his musical heroes from his youth.

He told guests: "When I was a small boy I saw two groups of men who excited me. One was U2 - the other was a group of singers and dancers from Manchester and Stoke.

"I thought 'am I gay - or is this guy just a classic songwriter?'. It turns out 20 years later that he's a classic songwriter."

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