Slipknot triumph at Kerrang awards

The masked metalheads from Iowa picked up two gongs in a night dominated by US talent

Slipknot were the big winners at Monday night's Kerrang awards in London.

After returning last year with fourth album All Hope Is Gone, the masked rockers from Iowa were honoured with gongs for best international band and best live act.

Frontman Corey Taylor told the BBC that the awards were a vindication, saying his band "had to fight against controversy and misconception" throughout their career. "I can't think of many bands that have worked harder, and it really feels good that people are starting to turn around and really see what we're about and appreciating it for what it is."

The ceremony was staged by the British metal weekly and, as well as honouring stalwarts like Metallica and Machine Head, it rewarded some more mainstream choices. The Prodigy's Omen won best single, while the award for best international newcomer went to Bruce Springsteen disciples the Gaslight Anthem.

As far as homegrown talent was concerned, Northern Irish band In Case of Fire were named best British newcomer, Bullet for My Valentine won their second Kerrang award for best British band, and veterans the Wildhearts received a spirit of independence award.

But the night largely belonged to US talent. Metallica's Death Magnetic was named best album, Mastodon won best video for Oblivion and the magazine gave out three "golden oldie" awards. Alice in Chains picked up Kerrang icon, Machine Head got Kerrang inspiration, and the returning Limp Bizkit were inducted into a hall of fame – although the differences between judging criteria are not immediately clear. Finally, Linkin Park won the dubiously titled classic songwriter award.


Dan Martin

The GuardianTramp

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