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The Darkness rock Kerrang! awards
The Darkness
The Darkness opened the ceremony with their new single
Flamboyant British group The Darkness were the only band to win two awards at the UK's biggest heavy rock ceremony, the Kerrang! Awards, on Thursday.

They won best album and best live act - but missed out on a hat trick as Welsh group Funeral For A Friend beat them to the title of best British newcomer.

Feeder won the best British act title - and dedicated it to their former drummer Jon Lee, who died last year.

And nu-metal band Linkin Park won best international act while veteran rockers Metallica were inducted into the magazine's hall of fame.

More than 500 Kerrang! readers saw The Darkness, who supported Robbie Williams at Knebworth, open the magazine's 10th annual ceremony.

Metallica at the Kerrang! Awards

Fireworks lit the stage at London's Royal Lancaster Hotel as they performed their next single, I Believe In A Thing Called Love.

Their debut album, Permission To Land, is in its sixth week in the top 10 after peaking at number two and going gold.

Collecting the award for best live act, guitarist Dan Hawkins said: "It's absolutely fantastic. It's been a great evening."

Picking up their prize, Feeder singer Grant Nicholas said: "I dedicated it to Jon because he always wanted to win and he always thought we should have won.

"I've been thinking about him a lot recently. He's here in spirit."

US group Metallica were welcomed into Kerrang!'s hall of fame alongside previous inductees like Ozzy Osbourne, Queen, AC/DC and Iggy Pop.

Good Charlotte
Good Charlotte won the prize for best single
Singer, James Hetfield, said: "We are in quite good company.

"I never thought it would happen - it's a dream you never really think will."

A new award, for the spirit of rock, was introduced to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the awards and was won by MTV show Jackass.

The best single award went to Maryland four-piece Good Charlotte for Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous while the Red Hot Chili Peppers took the classic songwriter trophy.

And chart-topping Arkansas band Evanescence won best international newcomer.

Kerrang! Awards winners

Best international newcomer

Best British newcomer
Funeral For A Friend

Best album
The Darkness - Permission To Land

Best British act

Best international act
Linkin Park

Hall of fame

Best single
Good Charlotte - Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous

Best video
Electric Six - Gay Bar

Event of the year
Download festival

Classic songwriter
Red Hot Chili Peppers

Spirit of independence

Best live act
The Darkness

Spirit of rock

BBC News Online users sent in their views on the rise of rock.

As someone who has roadied for the likes of Iron Maiden, Krokus and local metal bands in the Edinburgh area in the early 80's and never 'lost the faith' the media's current interest in metal is hilarious. Bands like Iron Maiden, Halford, Saxon, Deep Purple, Metallica etc. released a lot of their best work in the 90's. Metal and rock never went away - it was just not fashionable to like it (and that has been true for most of the 70's, 80's 90's and no doubt will be true again soon enough). We don't care we'll just keep rockin'!
Fergie Meek, Scotland

The whole thing is cyclical, rock is an ever-present undertow which people remember exists when all we are offered is pap like Gareth Gates and Girls Aloud. Don't get me wrong everything has a place, but where do they drag these acts from, please? Bands like Metallica and the Chili's have staying power because they are emphatic about what they do, oh and they have musical talent to offer to boot.

All musical genres have there moments in the limelight and it'll return full circle until times when genuine originality shakes things up again.
Tim Barker, UK (currently residing in France)

The majority of pop acts are one-dimensional, disposable and forgettable. The music industry have created this situation by saturating the charts with such acts, so they can hardly complain when their latest 'idol' has a 6 month career span. Rock acts tend to appeal to people on a number of levels, be it musicianship, image, performance, etc. I'm 37 and I'd still love to be Gene Simmons
Matt Sefton, UK

I've been a rocker since I got the AC/DC LP for Those About to Rock... when I was 7 (I'm 31 now). All these generic, no talent, created pop bands are starting to loose their appeal and people are turning to real music and real bands (that write, produce and play their own music), which must be good. My favourite era in rock was the late 80's, early 90's. I've still got the tapes (yes, tapes) of Guns N Roses, Poison, Motley Crue and of course Britain's No1 glam rockers, Tigertailz and I still listen to them! The best live rock band I've ever seen though was Smashing Pumpkins, Billy Corgan is a guitar maestro! Not to sure about ZWAN though, but I guess everything changes and I suppose that's not a bad thing...
Dunk, UK

Well, in fairness, in terms of being a credible "cutting edge", dance music died about 10 years ago: it seems to me perhaps a bit disappointing to see, instead of a new departure like house music originally was or hip hop before it, we have a somewhat bland regurgitation of across-the-board rock that could have been (and in the Strokes case "was") made in the 1970s.

But hey, anything's better than a generation hooked on S-Club . I'd gladly see a Val Doonican revival as long as it took sales away from these industry produced faceless hairdressing students. Nice to see kids buying music that's been made by (gasp) musicians.
feargal, ireland

Rock never went away. It's now just headline news that's all. During the so-called 'rock drought' years in the late '90s there were loads of great rock albums released.
G Smith, UK

Rock music has always been around, in one form or another, since the beginning of popular music. Whatever trends may occur, ultimately everything goes back to the guitar. I can't see a computer really having the same appeal! The production line, glorified karaoke of "Pop Idol" and the like, is the crowning example of where fat cats stuffing their wallets (and getting huge tv viewing figures), takes priority over musical integrity. How much longer must we tolerate this? Rock on!!
Ceri Chambers, UK

I got into rock when I was fed up with the charts full of manufactured bands with more talent at looking good than being able to sing. One of my favourite bands now is Red Hot Chili Peppers, none of them are lookers but they write and perform excellent music. That's where the real talent lies....
Jo, UK

I used to go and see The Darkness regularly in Camden before they hit the big time and even then they stood out a mile for the quality of their songs and live performances. Good luck to them!
Piper, UK

Anyone for Rock Idol (tm)?
Mick Sanderson, England

Most "nu-metal" bands are nothing more than boy bands with guitars. Linkin Park are far too clean living to be real rockers. Trust the Americans to grab an idea and totally mess it up! I mean, all these new punk bands are nothing like punk! they can almost play for a start! Some real bands remain of course but on the whole, watch Kerrang on tv and you'll see a load of pretty boys pushed together and told what to do by image consultants/managers. Not rock!
Bug, uk

Rock Music is invariably played by musicians foe music lovers whereas pop music is under the control of money grabbing moguls who treat their acts as one-tear products, sing cover versions and are not given time to learn and develop their craft Rock is also a live experience whereas pop involves miming to backing tapes
Huw Williams, Wales

To see truly great Rock N Roll look no further than Jersey. New Jersey that is and see that perhaps the greatest Rockers come from here namely Bruce (the Boss) Springsteen currently coming to the end of one the biggest sell-out tours of all time and also Bon Jovi. Anyone who saw them at Hyde Park in June (I was one of those 90,000+ people) would realise that music may come and go but Rock N Roll lives forever. As a great man once said "Don't Bore Us, Get the Chorus"
Tim Park, Guernsey, C.I

Its good that the youth get a large variety of music but "rock" as only become popular because the music industry say its time. Linkin Park are no different to Boyzone in the way that they are both manufactured. Sure its a new sound for the kids but what's described as being "genuine" isn't always... keep your wits about you!
james, uk

Pop is pleasant and nice to listen to but it isn't very filling. Rock fills the soul.
Neil, UK

I am a fan of rock music predominantly, however I would rather hear the likes of S Club and DJ Sammie on TV and radio than the awful Darkness who have confused irony with simple bad taste. Some things like '80s poodle perm metal are best left buried.
Sam, UK

Rock music is far more accessible now, but that's more because the record companies are always looking for the next fast buck. Once the Rock Dollar becomes harder to earn they'll move onto another genre and hype it up, leaving fantastic up and coming bands and some established ones floundering. But who cares, I've always been into Alternative/Indie/Rock and that won't change it's just great to have such a choice right now. It still makes me laugh though that "great new bands" that my mates 16 year old brother has just discovered are bands I've been listening to for years! Two years ago the same person was hooked on R&B - fickle youth culture anyone?
James Canfer, UK

Does this mean I'll be able to listen to Radio 1 again !?
Andy Morgan, UK

Everything is cyclical and the media talk as if rock has not existed since 1989. There were also quite a few bands doing lots of dance/rock crossovers anyway (Primal Screen spring to mind). So it is not a big deal and just the media trying to find something to say. Believe it or not some people actually like both and lets hope we don't get boring old and young rockers boasting (the most dull and conservative of beasts) that dance is dead and rock is king - it will all change and merge again.
mark speed, england

Pop is all about trends and fashion and what people are into. Rock doesn't follow this, and will never go out of date. Rock on rock!
Rich H, UK

Variety is the spice of life and the charts became a domain for boy and girl band clones, R&B etc... Young people now want some excitement and something to allow them to rebel.
Giles Jones, UK

Now is a truly great time for rock music. The backlash against manufactured bands has been so pronounced that musically, anything goes so long as it's genuine - let's just hope the kids can tell the difference...
Brett, UK

Variety is the spice of life and the charts became a domain for boy and girl band clones, R&B etc... Young people now want some excitement and something to allow them to rebel.
Giles Jones, UK

Now is a truly great time for rock music. The backlash against manufactured bands has been so pronounced that musically, anything goes so long as it's genuine - let's just hope the kids can tell the difference...
Brett, UK

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