Whitburn singer Nadine Shah announced as first female host for Q Awards - hours after featuring on Peaky Blinders

Whitburn singer Nadine Shah has been announced as the first female host of the Q Awards – just hours after appearing on Peaky Blinders
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The annual ceremony hosted by the music magazine is marking its 29th year.

Nadine, 33, was selected for the role after appearing as a guest presenter during 2018's ceremony.

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The news was announced at midnight on Tuesday August 27 – shortly after her song Evil featured on the soundtrack for the latest episode of Peaky Blinders.

She said: "It's a huge honour to be presenting the Q Awards this year, especially as their first ever female presenter.

"I attended the event last year and it's like no other award show, everywhere you'd turn would be a musician you hold high regard for.

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"There was a real feeling of solidarity, a mutual respect and celebration between all musicians present.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what the Q team have up their sleeve this year. They've already raised the bar by hiring me!"

Last year's event was hosted by stand-up comedian and co-host of The Big Narstie Show Mo Gilligan.

Q Magazine editor Ted Kessler said: "Rarely can an absolute outsider have become a closed-book favourite for any role quicker, but once Nadine Shah had charmed all-comers as a guest presenter at last year's Q Awards, we felt certain she was who we wanted to present the whole caboodle in 2019.

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"I am an old man who has been to many award ceremonies over the centuries. In that time, I have heard the same jokes told by the same comedians and radio jocks on a conveyor belt at each bash.

The awards, in association with Absolute Radio, will feature seven prizes voted for by the public, as well as merit awards bestowed by Q Magazine on the night.

This year's awards will be held at Camden's Roundhouse on Wednesday October 16.