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Green Day rock Kerrang! honours
Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong
Green Day have enjoyed success with their album American Idiot
US band Green Day have been named best band on the planet at the 12th annual Kerrang! rock awards.

They were the biggest winners at the rock magazine's ceremony, also scooping the prize for best live act.

Welsh metal group Funeral For a Friend won best British band, while New Jersey's My Chemical Romance picked up best album and best video.

Iron Maiden were inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame and shock rocker Marilyn Manson took the Icon Award.

"I didn't wake up feeling like an icon because I didn't go to sleep," said Manson - real name Brian Warner.

Marilyn Manson

"I don't like journalists because I was one, but I like the fans."

The flamboyant singer recently announced he was giving up music to concentrate on acting and directing.

He said the final dates of his current tour would be "the last time people see this type of Marilyn Manson experience".

Manson was honoured for "a notoriety that has spread all over the globe".

"The thing about Manson I've always liked is that he's challenged the mores of America," said Placebo's Brian Molko, who said the award was "completely well deserved".

His sentiments were echoed by Feeder, who said Manson was an "amazing lyricist and songwriter".

Juliette Lewis
Actress-turned-singer Juliette Lewis hosted the ceremony
"He's taken the flak for a lot of things he didn't really need to and he's dealt with it in an amazing way."

The London ceremony was billed as "the biggest and baddest awards in the rock calendar".

Green Day became one of the world's biggest heavy rock bands more than a decade ago and have been enjoying a renaissance since their American Idiot album came out last year.

They saw off competition from My Chemical Romance, System of a Down, HIM and Foo Fighters to be named best band on the planet.

My Chemical Romance won best album for Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge while the band's second award came for their Helena video.

The US group said they wanted to "thank the fans from the bottom of our black little hearts".

Lifetime achievement

The prize for best single went to Foo Fighters' hit Best of You while Trivium were named best international newcomers.

But System of a Down, who had five nominations, went home empty-handed.

Funeral For a Friend saw off Feeder, Stereophonics, Placebo and Cradle of Filth to win the best British band title.

Bullet For My Valentine, another Welsh band, picked up the prize for best British newcomers.

Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor was named classic songwriter while Killing Joke were given a lifetime achievement accolade.

British rockers The Darkness triumphed at last year's awards, winning two trophies for the second year running.

This year's ceremony was hosted by Hollywood actress Juliette Lewis, who fronts the band Juliette and the Licks.


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Watch Marilyn Manson collect the Kerrang! Icon Award




SEE ALSO:
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