The winners will be announced at an award ceremony at London's Grosvenor House Hotel on October 24.
The awards will coincide with the 25th anniversary of Q magazine. The publication's editor-in-chief Paul Rees stated: "I'm delighted that Q's audience has once again demonstrated – by voting in their thousands – both their enthusiasm to discover and embrace new music, and the sheer breadth of their musical tastes.
"The Q Awards 2011 will celebrate their ongoing passion for new and influential music."
The full list of nominations are as follows:
Best New Act presented by Orange Amplification
Foster The People
Q Best Female Artist
Q Best Male Artist presented by Merc
Cee Lo Green
Adele 'Rolling In The Deep'
Aloe Blacc 'I Need A Dollar'
Arctic Monkeys 'Don't Sit Down 'Cause I've Moved Your Chair'
Adele 'Someone Like You'
Foster The People 'Pumped Up Kicks'
Bon Iver Bon Iver
Arctic Monkeys Suck It and See
Elbow Build A Rocket Boys!
The Horrors Skying
PJ Harvey Let England Shake
Best Live Act
Chase And Status
Jessie J 'Do It Like A Dude'
Lady Gaga 'Judas'
Foo Fighters 'Walk'
Ed Sheeran 'You Need Me, I Don't Need You'
Katy Perry 'Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)'
Hurts 'Wonderful Life'
Best Act In The World Today
Next Big Thing
Shortlist to be announced early October
Greatest Act Of The Last 25 Years presented by BlackBerry
The Stone Roses
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Manic Street Preachers