Paul Heaton is the final ever recipient of the Q Award.
The music journal, Q, was pressured to stop printing in July as a result of coronavirus pandemic, with plans for his or her annual award present to happen subsequent week. And while there’ll now be no award present, the journal’s former editor Ted Kessler has confirmed the Beautiful South star shall be honoured.
Explaining their determination, Ted wrote on Twitter: “We had the Roundhouse booked for two nights for the Q Awards next week. We didn’t have talent sorted when we had to Covid cancel in April, but Nadine Shah was presenting and the two gigs were Liam Gallagher one night, Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott the other. The only award we knew for sure was to Paul Heaton, as we’d heard he’d never won one. Think of all the brilliant songs he’s written for The Housemartins, Beautiful South etc. Millions of records sold. No Q award (or Brit) for his songwriting. So we knew he’d be Classic Songwriter. Then, a few days after Q closed, we got a message from him saying that to thank Q for all the support we’d given him over 35 years, he was going to donate a large sum to thank us in our turmoil.
“Obviously, I politely declined. He was insistent. I accepted the donation and shared it amongst over 40 employees and freelancers working for Q on the time, all of whose minds – like mine – had been blown. It actually was essentially the most amazingly form, selfless, beneficiant act. For some, it meant a invoice may very well be paid. We obtained him that award ultimately. Britain’s biggest dwelling pop star. A real legend. (sic)”
And Paul took to Twitter to thank Q for handing him the award.
He said in a video message: “Thank you very a lot for my award. You did not have to try this, it is ever so type of you …
“It was just meant as I said in an email to make sure people weren’t left on their a**. Thank you again and it looks good up there. All the best.”