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U2 Set for Battle of the Bands Showdown

Q Awards nominations
Press Association
Rock superstars U2 will battle it out with Radiohead and Manic Street Preachers for the title of best act in the world as the shortlist for the Q Awards was unveiled today.

The Irish band -- still riding a wave of critical acclaim for their comeback album and summer shows in the U.K. -- will also face Stereophonics, R.E.M. and Travis for the honour.

U2 and Stereophonics head the nominations with four apiece for the annual ceremony which is on October 29. In addition to the best act category, both bands are up for best live act and best album -- U2 for All That You Can't Leave Behind and Stereophonics for Just Enough Education to Perform.

Welsh act Stereophonics are also in the running for best single with "Have a Nice Day," while U2's album has landed a best producer nomination for studio wizards Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois.

Mercury Music Prize winner PJ Harvey's Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea is nominated for best album against Radiohead (Amnesiac), Travis (The Invisible Band), Muse (Origin of Symmetry), U2 and Stereophonics.

Damon Albarn's band Gorillaz have won a string of award nominations recently but have been shortlisted for just one at the Q Awards, best video.

The Q Awards, sponsored by Orange, are respected for their authoritative take on the state of the music scene and are largely voted for by readers.

The event itself usually sees numerous big names gathering to chew the fat. Last year's event was notable for Liam Gallagher's goading of Robbie Williams.

It will be televised by Channel 5 on November 3.

Best single -- Ash, "Burn Baby Burn"; Stereophonics, "Have a Nice Day"; Feeder, "Buck Rogers"; New Order, "Crystal"; Weezer, "Hash Pipe"; Charlatans, "Love is the Key."

Best album -- PJ Harvey, Stories from the City, Stories from the Sea; Radiohead, Amnesiac; U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind; Travis, The Invisible Band; Muse, Origin of Symmetry; Stereophonics, Just Enough Education to Perform.

Best live act -- Manic Street Preachers; Madonna; Coldplay; Stereophonics; U2; Muse.

Best video -- Fatboy Slim, "Weapon of Choice"; Avalanches, "Frontier Psychiatrist"; Gorillaz, "Clint Eastwood"; Basement Jaxx, "Romeo"; Nelly Furtado, "I'm Like a Bird"; I Monster, "Daydream in Blue."

Best act in the world today -- U2; R.E.M.; Stereophonics; Radiohead; Travis; Manic Street Preachers.

Best new act -- Starsailor; Turin Brakes; the Strokes; Goldfrapp; Tom McRae; Dido.

Best producer -- Nigel Godrich (Radiohead, Amnesiac); Chris Shaw (Super Furry Animals, Rings Around the World); Brian Eno/Daniel Lanois (U2, All That You Can't Leave Behind); John Leckie (Muse, Origin of Symmetry); Pat McCarthy (R.E.M., Reveal); Dan the Automator (Gorillaz, Gorillaz).



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