David Bowie leads nominations for the 2013 Q Awards, with a total of six nods.

The iconic singer made a surprise comeback in January when he released single 'Where Are We Now', followed it with his first album in ten years, 'The Next Day', in March. Bowie - whose nominations include Best Track, Best Solo Artist and Best Video - is followed in the rankings by Arctic Monkeys, Foals and Daft Punk, who each have three nominations.

Ellie Goulding is next with two nominations, Best Solo Artist and Best Track for her recent UK number one single 'Burn'.

She said of the nomination: 'It means so much to be nominated for a Q award, I have read and loved Q Magazine for as long as I can remember. It's an honour to be nominated in these categories with these nominees.'

One of the most hotly contested categories is Best New Act, which sees Jake Bugg pitted against Disclosure, Palma Violets, Laura Mvula, TOY and Tom Odell.

Q magazine Senior Editor Matt Mason said: 'It's been another unforgettable year for music, and the nominations reflect the breadth and brilliance of artists from the UK and beyond. The return of David Bowie proved that, even in the digital age, pop stars retain the ability to completely amaze and surprise us, while the phenomenal success of Daft Punk showed that you can still reach right across the globe with one great song. With Glastonbury back on the calendar, we've also enjoyed a summer of outstanding live performances. All the Q Awards nominees have helped ensure that 2013 has been an incredible year for music.'

The Q Awards 2013 Nominations:

Q Best New Act


Palma Violets

Laura Mvula

Jagwar Ma


Valerie June

Tom Odell

Jake Bugg

Q Best Track

Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams 'Get Lucky'

Arctic Monkeys 'Do I Wanna Know?'

David Bowie 'Where Are We Now?'

Ellie Goulding 'Burn'

Robin Thicke ft TI and Pharrell 'Blurred Lines'

Q Best Video

Daft Punk ft Pharrell Williams 'Get Lucky'

David Bowie 'The Stars (Are Out Tonight)'

Manic Street Preachers 'Show Me the Wonder'

Vampire Weekend 'Diane Young'

Beady Eye 'Shine a Light'

Q Best Album

David Bowie 'The Next Day'

Vampire Weekend 'Modern Vampires Of The City'

Foals 'Holy Fire'

Daft Punk 'Random Access Memories'

Biffy Clyro 'Opposites'

Q Best Live Act

Arctic Monkeys

Mumford & Sons


The Stone Roses


Q Best Solo Artist

David Bowie

Jake Bugg

Laura Marling

Ellie Goulding

John Grant

Q Best Act in the World Today

David Bowie

Vampire Weekend

Arctic Monkeys

Biffy Clyro


Q Best Event


David Bowie at the V&A

Kraftwerk at Tate Modern

The Rolling Stones in Hyde Park


The Killers at Wembley Stadium and The Garage