Metallica Vs Oasis: Best act in the world today?

Best act in the world today? Actually, we're going for Kings Of Leon
Best act in the world today? Actually, we're going for Kings Of Leon

The nominations for this year's Q Awards have been announced and, perhaps unsurprisingly, Coldplay are leading the field with four nominations. Chris Martin and co are up for best track, best video, best album and best act in the world today.

This year's breakthrough artist category is very much a female-affair, Bon Iver being the only exception. Best act in the world today also makes for an interesting line-up, with three of the nominees: Oasis, Metallica and Kings Of Leon, releasing highly-anticipated albums in the coming weeks.

And the winner is...

The eventual winners are, of course, voted for by readers but, sceptics among us might consider the whole shebang to be rather predictable. To test this theory, we've made a prediction for each category below. Just to make it clear, they're not necessarily the artists we think should win, but the ones that probably will based on success, hype and scientific guess work…

Breakthrough artist
Bon Iver
Gabriella Cilmi
MusicRadar prediction: Duffy

Best new act
Fleet Foxes
The Ting Tings
The Last Shadow Puppets
Vampire Weekend
MusicRadar prediction: Glasvegas

Best track
Keane - Spiralling
Duffy - Mercy
Coldplay - Violet Hill
Katy Perry - I Kissed A Girl
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
MusicRadar prediction: Duffy

Best video
Hot Chip - Ready For The Floor
Coldplay - Violet Hill
The Ting Tings - That's Not My Name
Vampire Weekend - A-Punk
Goldfrapp - Happiness
MusicRadar prediction: Vampire Weekend

Best live act
Kaiser Chiefs
Kings Of Leon
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds
The Verve
Rage Against The Machine
MusicRadar prediction: The Verve

Best album
Coldplay - Viva La Vida Or Death And All His Friends
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes
The Last Shadow Puppets - The Age Of The Understatement
Vampire Weekend - Vampire Weekend
Nick Cave And The Band Seeds - Dig!!! Lazarus, Dig!!!
MusicRadar prediction: Coldplay

Best act in the world today
Kings Of Leon
MusicRadar prediction: Kings Of Leon

The awards take place on 6 October. Check back then to see how wrong we were.

Tom Porter worked on MusicRadar from its mid-2007 launch date to 2011, covering a range of music and music making topics, across features, gear news, reviews, interviews and more. A regular NAMM-goer back in the day, Tom now resides permanently in Los Angeles, where he's doing rather well at the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).