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Awards gear up for metal mayhem
The Darkness
The Darkness: Leading the nominations with three
Some of the rock world's biggest names are preparing for this year's Kerrang! Awards - the metal scene's main prize ceremony - which take place on Thursday.

Flamboyant newcomers The Darkness lead the race, with three nominations, including best live act and best album.

They are expected to be at the ceremony along with other nominees including Metallica and Linkin Park.

The Kerrang! Awards reflect a resurgence in the rock scene in the UK, with sales of rock albums overtaking pop for the first time in 2002.

Last year, 31% of all albums sold were by rock bands - up from 22% in 1999. In the same period, pop's share fell from 36% to 30%.

Metal and punk releases accounted for 7.6% of all album sales in 2002 - more than double the 1999 figure.

Behind The Darkness, a string of bands - including the Foo Fighters, the Electric Six and the Murderdolls - have two nominations.

Metallica: Nominated for best album and best international band
Feeder, Muse and Stereophonics are among those up for best British band.

In the nominations for best international band, Metallica and Linkin Park will battle it out with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Good Charlotte and System of a Down.

And the best album shortlist includes releases by The White Stripes, Metallica and the Deftones.

Kerrang! editor Ashley Bird said: "2003 has seen so many great new bands emerge.

"So many of the major players [are] returning with strong records and tours, and one or two bolts from the blue too, like The Darkness."

This year's ceremony will be hosted by BBC Radio 1 presenters Colin Murray and Edith Bowman.


Last year, British band Hundred Reasons beat international stars like Nickelback and System of a Down to win best album.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers won best band in the world while A were named best British band.

The Kerrang! Awards gained notoriety when Slipknot set their table alight and smashed their chairs when they won three prizes in 2000.

At the same ceremony, actress Britt Ekland broke her wrist and ankle after slipping on some fruit, but still presented an award to Marilyn Manson after being carried onto the stage.

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