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October 06, 2008

Chris Martin, Slick Rick and m.i.a. M.I.A.

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Hypothetical for you here: If U2 and Radiohead are both on vacation at the same time, do some other musicians have to sidle up to that "best band in the universe" title?

Chris Martin says so. But he was kidding. Kind of.

The Coldplay frontman quickly went back to self-deprecating mode -- "I don't think we're the best act in the room, let alone the world," he said -- at the Q (music magazine) Awards today. Multiple Grammy winners Coldplay won best album for "Viva la Vida" and was named Best Act in the World.

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Other winners include Duffy, Keane, Kaiser Chiefs and Meat Loaf. Luminaries present: Roger Daltry, Grace Jones and Tom Jones (no relation!) More here.

Elsewhere in music and awards...Fans will be able to see the flamboyant and Homeland Security-hounded Slick Rick do "Children's Story" on the "VH1 Hip-Hop Honors" tonight. Also on the bill: Scarface, Chuck D and Flavor Flav, Mos Def and Estelle doing an Isaac Hayes tribute. More about the male-dominated show here.

What about the ladies? Don't look for them at the BET Hip-Hop Awards later this month either. Tisk, tisk, guys. What, you couldn't have squeezed M.I.A. in there somewhere?

 

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