The 21st anniversary of The Awards next Monday sees the introduction of a brand new category for emerging talent - the Next Big Thing award, the shortlist for which was announced today.
The shortlist was chosen by a special guest panel comprised of Columnist Of The Year Caitlin Moran from The Times, Radio1's new music guru Huw Stephens, The Sun's Showbiz Editor Gordon Smart and Q Editor In Chief Paul Rees.
Next Big Thing - The Nominees
From a long list of 20 acts the panel have shortlisted the following six acts for the Next Big Thing award.
(Click on each artist's name to visit their website or MySpace in a new window).
Commenting on the Next Big Thing, Q's Editor In Chief Paul Rees said: "One of our core aims right across the Q brand - be it magazine, online, TV, radio or live events - is to highlight and champion the very best new music for Q's audience to discover. Following on from the New To Q Sessions shows in January and the New To Q tour of May, the inaugural Next Big Thing award is a natural extension of this and something that will be accelerated still more in the year ahead. The winner of this year's award will be the band or artist Q believes to be the outstanding new talent of 2011."
The winner of the Next Big Thing award will be announced this coming Monday at the Q Awards 2010 with Russian Standard Vodka ceremony on Monday, 25 October at the Grosvenor House hotel in London.
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11:27 AM | 19/10/2010