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Darkness falls over the Kerrang! Awards


Story: Jack Foley

THE phenomenal success story that is The Darkness continued on Thursday night (August 21, 2003), when the glam rockers picked up two of the top awards at this year's Kerrang! Awards.

The over-hyped quartet, who have succeeded in making big hair, Queen-style guitar riffs, and skin-tight catsuits in vogue again, took the coveted best album and best live act awards at the music magazine's 10th annual ceremony in London.

The accolades cap a remarkable transition for the Suffolk-based band, whose debut album, Permission to Land, has already gone gold, and who supported Robbie Williams at one of Britain's biggest ever rock concerts earlier this month at Knebworth (not that this is anything to be proud of!).

They are also among the favourites to nab this year's Mercury Music Prize, despite facing stiff competition from the more established likes of Coldplay and Radiohead.

Of the other notable winners on the night, US rockers, Metallica won a special award in recognition of their huge success over more than 20 years. They have recently released a new album, St Anger, which has gone down a storm with fans.

Californian band, Red Hot Chili Peppers, won the Classic Songwriter award for their latest album, the brilliant, By the Way.

And nu-metal favourites, Linkin Park, won Best International Act, while Best Single went to Maryland four-piece, Good Charlotte, for Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous.

Evanescence took the prize for Best International Newcomer, having burst onto the scene with Bring Me To Life, while Feeder won Best British Act and Jackass took the Spirit of Rock prize.

Nominees and winners in full (winners in bold)

Best British Newcomer
Funeral for a Friend
The Darkness
This Girl
Million Dead
Winnebago Deal

Best International Newcomer
Evanesence
Finch
The Mars Volta
Poison the Wall
The Used

Best Single
Good Charlotte - 'Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous'
Foo Fighters - 'All My Life'
Electric 6 - 'Gay Bar'
Linkin Park - 'Faint'
Evanesence - 'Bring me to Life'

Best Video
Electric 6 - 'Gay Bar'
Audioslave - 'Cochise'
Murderdolls - 'White Wedding'
Marilyn Manson - 'Mob Scene'
Foo Fighters - 'Low'

Best Album
Deftones - 'Deftones'
White Stripes - 'Elephant'
Metallica - 'St Anger'
The Darkness - 'Permission to Land'
HIM - 'Love Metal'

Best Live Act
The Darkness

Sum 41
Reel Big Fish
Iron Maiden
The Murderdolls

Best British Band
Feeder

InMe
Hell is for Heroes
Muse
Stereophonics

Best International Band
Metallica
Linkin Park
Good Charlotte
System of a Down
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Event of the Year
Download
Glastonbury
Reading/Leeds
V2003
T in the Park

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