Ellie Goulding takes home Best Solo Artist gong in sheer polka-dot dress as David Bowie misses out at Q Awards despite six nominations
Ellie Goulding scored sartorial points at the Q Awards on Monday, arriving in a sheer, layered polka-dot dress to Grosvenor House Hotel.
And clearly it was a winning outfit as she took home the Best Solo Artist gong – presented to her by Tinie Tempah – and beat the likes of David Bowie Jake Bugg, John Grant and Laura Marling in the readers’ vote.
It wasn’t however the only disappointment for Bowie – the rock legend missed out entirely despite being nominated for a total of six awards.
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Winning look: Ellie Goulding wore a sheer polka-dot dress to collect her Best Solo Act award at the Q Awards
Recurring trend: Ellie has been sporting a number of sheer outfits over the last few weeks
Bowie, 66, was tipped to win a number of awards following his surprise comeback at the beginning of the year.
Meanwhile Ellie wasn’t the only female popstar making an impression, as Pixie Lott turned up in gingham high-waisted trousers and a leather crop top.
Also in attendance was Sophie Ellis Bextor, who took a break from Strictly Come Dancing rehearsals with Brendan Cole, to watch the awards in a magenta vintage lace dress.
Sophie was invited to present one of the many accolades at the music event, as was Ronnie Wood, Example, Wretch 32, Icona Pop, Dizzee Rascal and John Niven.
Q Idol winner Robbie Williams showed off his new streaky ‘do when he collected his award before presenting the Outstanding Contribution to Music trophy to the Pet Shop Boys.
Retro queen: Sophie looked stunning in a vintage magenta lace dress for the music awards
John Cooper Clarke picked up the first ever Poet Laureate title and celebrated his win with Ronnie Wood after.
Vampire Weekend’s Chris Baio and Ezra Koenig collected their Best Act In The World Today, while Biffy Clyro took home the Best Album gong.
Manic Street Preachers won Best Video for Show Me The Wonder, as did Jake Bugg for Best New Act.
Must be a theme: Ronnie Wood and his wife Sally Humphries wear shades of red to the awards where he will present one title
Got the same hairdo! Ronnie and John Cooper Clarke have a joke after the Salford bard wins Poet Laureate
Keeping warm: Eliza Doolittle and Laura Whitmore both wear furry jackets to the event on Monday
Unbelievers: Ezra Koenig and Chris Baio of Vampire Weekend pick up their well-deserved award for Best Act in the World Today
Keeping it casual: Foals lead singer Yannis Philippakis wears a dark floral shirt, while Conor Maynard wears a brown leather jacket over his white shirt and black trousers
Luscious locks: Neo-psychedelic band TOY arrive in casual fashion after being nominated for Best New Act
Arctic Monkeys had three nominations, but only won Best Track for Do You Wanna Know?, however they weren’t present to collect the trophy.
But the biggest heartache went to David Bowie, who was nominated for a staggering six awards, but did not win in any of those categories.
Also there to enjoy the musical event were Theo Hutchcraft from Hurts, Eliza Doolittle, Laura Whitmore, Stooshe, and nominee Tom Odell.
Time to celebrate: (Left to right) Ben Johnston, Simon Neil and James Johnston of the band Biffy Clyro with their Best Album Award
Something to smile about: Jake Bugg took home the award for Best New Act
Dressed to impress: Stooshe may not have picked up any awards but they made sure they turned heads
From winner to presenter: After picking up a MOBO award, Tinie Tempah presented Ellie Goulding with her Best Solo Act title
Commenting on this year’s awards, Q’s senior editor Matt Mason said: ‘It’s been a privilege to celebrate another brilliant year for music. We keep being told that these are tough times for the industry, but the evidence here suggests the opposite.
‘The artists honoured today reflect the variety and richness of the current musical landscape. From Jake Bugg to John Cooper Clarke, they give us everything we ask for from rock and pop stars: outstanding, inventive music delivered with absorbing attitude and character.
‘We’re particularly delighted to salute evergreen artists such as Robbie, the Pet Shop Boys and Suede, who’ve all made excellent new music over the last 12 months. They’re brilliant reminders of the enduring power of the great British pop act – anyone who saw Suede’s thrilling Q Awards show at the Garage last week will agree with that.’
Winning ladies: Chrissie Hynde cosied up with Ellie Goulding and their awards
Amazing: Brett Anderson, Mat Osman Neil Codling and Simon Gilbert of Suede all wear grey jackets and black shirts to pick up their Q Icon award
Winners: Foals pose with their award which they picked up for Best Live Act
Wild thing: John Cooper Clarke delicately held his award for Poet Laureate
The after party was held at Mahiki night club where the resident mixologists created special artist themed cocktails for the guests to enjoy.
The Staritsky Squiffy Clyro was a concoction of Staritsky Levitisky Vodka with a twist of ginger beer and a dash of lime. while the Mahiki Goulding Mojito was a mix of Mahiki coconut, lime juice, ginger beer and fresh mint.
Then there was the Daft Lucky with Coco Pharrell, a medley of Coconut, pineapple juice, lime juice and passionfruit syrup, served with cubed ice in a whole pineapple.
Host: Al Murray was the award’s master of ceremonies, which had James Arthur in the audience
Nominee: Tom Odell was nominated for Best New Act at this year’s ceremony
Ready for your Daft Lucky with Coco Pharrell? Mahiki created signature cocktails for the Awards after-party
Q AWARDS WINNERS 2013
Best New Act presented by Mahiki
Arctic Monkeys – Do I Wanna Know?
David Bowie – Where Are We Now?
Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Ellie Goulding – Burn
Robin Thicke ft TI and Pharrell -Blurred Lines
Best Video powered by Alcatel One Touch
Manic Street Preachers – Show Me The Wonder
Beady Eye – Shine A Light
David Bowie -The Stars (Are Out Tonight)
Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams – Get Lucky
Vampire Weekend -Diane Young
Best Album presented by Bose
Biffy Clyro – Opposites
David Bowie – The Next Day
Daft Punk – Random Access Memories
Foals – Holy Fire
Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires Of The City
Q Best Live Act
Mumford & Sons
The Stone Roses
Best Solo Artist presented by Citroen
Best Act In The World Today presented by Planet Rock
David Bowie at the V&A
Kraftwerk at Tate Modern
The Rolling Stones at British Summer Time Hyde Park
The Killers at Wembley Stadium & London Garage
John Cooper Clarke
Spirit of Indepence
Belle And Sebastian
Happy Mondays – Bummed
Outstanding Contribution to Music
Pet Shop Boys