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Al Murray is hosting the Q Awards

Al Murray is hosting the Q Awards

Al Murray is hosting the Q Awards

The Q Awards will celebrate their 21st birthday by adding three new prize categories to the glitzy ceremony this year.

Two new gongs - for best female artist and best male artist - will accompany the seven existing awards that are voted for by the public.

The third new award will be for next big thing, highlighting the "single most exciting musical talent of the year". This category will be selected by a panel of music industry experts and Q Magazine.

Pub Landlord Al Murray is hosting the London ceremony on October 25 for the second year running.

Q editor-in-chief Paul Rees said: "Q firmly believes that music now is as exciting and vital as it's ever been and that it continues to be consistently refreshed by new talent.

"The extra awards this year recognise Q's ongoing commitment to the best things in music right now and in the future."

Fans can vote for their favourite acts at the awards, sponsored by Russian Standard Vodka, online at www.Qthemusic.com.

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