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Last Updated: Friday October 03 2008 06:03 GMT

Surprise MTV nod for 80s pop star

Rick Astley

A blast from the past could be a shock winner at the MTV Europe Awards in November - 80s pop star Rick Astley.

He may not be an act that you've heard of, but there's a good chance you've seen the video of his most famous song, Never Gonna Give You Up.

It's become a huge internet hit over the last couple of years in a craze that's been named Rickrolling.

The video has become so popular that Astley could be named best act ever when the awards happen in Liverpool.

If he does win the award, Astley will have to beat Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel and U2.

Rick Astley as he looks now
Rick Astley as he looks now
Rickrolling is an internet joke which tricks surfers into watching the video of Never Gonna Give You Up.

They click on a video link expecting to see something cool but after a few seconds the clip they're expecting switches to Astley's video.

The 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Liverpool Echo Arena on Thursday 6 November.