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Adele, Jessie J and the Arctic Monkeys lead the way in this year's Q Awards, heading the nominations with three each.

Ed Sheeran, Coldplay and recent Mercury Music -prize winner PJ Harvey are also in the running with two nominations each.

Adele, Jessie J and PJ Harvey are nominated in the Best Female Category alongside Laura Marling and Beyonce.

Adele, whose album 21 has sold 21 million copies, has two tracks nominated in the Best Track category for her singles Rolling in the Deep and Someone Like You, as well as a nomination for Best Female Artist.

Arctic Monkeys will battle it out in the Best Act in the World Today category with U2, Arcade Fire, Kasabian, Muse and Coldplay.

A one-off award will also go out to the best act of the past 25 years.