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U2 take GQ band accolade in style

U2 bagged the gong for best band at the GQ awards in London last night.

And Irish golfer Rory McIlroy was named as best sportsman by readers of the magazine.

Hollywood star Johnny Depp presented a gong to Keith Richards, the rocker who famously inspired his Pirates of the Caribbean performance, at the awards ceremony.

The actor, Captain Jack Sparrow in the films, awarded Rolling Stone guitarist Richards, who recently wrote a warts-and-all account of his life as a hellraiser in his autobiography, writer of the year at the ceremony at London's Royal Opera House.

Doctor Who star Matt Smith won the most stylish man award at the event, while Professor Brian Cox got TV personality of the year.

Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch won best actor, Tinie Tempah got the solo artist gong, actor Bradley Cooper was named international man and Duran Duran were given the lifetime achievement gong.

Other winners at the event, included woman of the year for Lara Stone.

Lord Sebastian Coe got the man of next year award, presented by Boris Johnson.

All the awards were voted for by staff at GQ magazine, except most stylish man, which is chosen by readers.

The winners:

  • International Man: Bradley Cooper
  • Cultural Icon: Sir Trevor Nunn
  • Lifetime Achievement: Duran Duran
  • Woman: Lara Stone
  • Band: U2
  • Sportsman: Rory McIlroy
  • Politician: George Osborne
  • Designer: Tommy Hilfiger
  • Actor: Benedict Cumberbatch
  • Solo Artist: Tinie Tempah
  • Music: Hugh Laurie
  • Writer: Keith Richards
  • TV Personality: Professor Brian Cox
  • Comedian: Rob Brydon
  • Chef: Heston Blumenthal
  • Editor's Special: Bill Nighy
  • Most Stylish Man: Matt Smith


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