UK rock bands triumph at Kerrang! awards


You Me At Six

The old-guard and the new-breed of British rock have both been celebrated at this year's Kerrang! awards.

Prizes were won by breakthrough UK bands While She Sleeps, The Blackout, Bring Me The Horizon, Enter Shikari and You Me At Six.

Reformed rock band Black Sabbath were given the rock magazine's Inspiration award at the ceremony in London.

Band members Ozzy Osbourne, Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi picked up the prize.

Black Sabbath's acceptance of their award provided an emotional climax to the evening, with the band given a standing ovation from the crowd.

Since announcing they were to reform in November 2011 guitarist Tony Iommi has received treatment for lymphoma, while drummer Bill Ward left the reunion over a contract dispute.

Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler
Image caption Black Sabbath: Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler

But it was an evening which also recognised the best new rock acts.

Surrey rock band You Me At Six collected the prize for best British band - one of five prizes they were nominated for.

Chris Miller from the band told Newsbeat: "It's crazy. We've all grown up with Kerrang since before we could play guitars. We always got our musical knowledge from it - so this is awesome."

Ex-Guns N' Roses guitarist Slash, who picked up the Icon award, said: "Kerrang! was one of the first magazine's that put us on the cover back in the day - it's a good magazine."

Other UK wins came for The Blackout winning the devotion award, Bring Me The Horizon won best video for their track Alligator Blood and St Albans' Enter Shikari won best live band.

International winners included My Chemical Romance (best international band), Tenacious D (Kerrang!'s service to rock) and Black Veil Brides (best single for Rebel Love Song).

Many of the bands who appeared will also appear at this weekend's Download festival in Leicestershire.

The Kerrang! award winners are as follows:

Best British newcomer

While She Sleeps

Kerrang! service to rock

Tenacious D

Best single

Black Veil Brides - Rebel Love Song

The devotion award

The Blackout

Kerrang! service to metal

Andy Copping - Download festival

Best video

Bring Me The Horizon

Best live band

Enter Shikari

Best international band

My Chemical Romance

Best British band

You Me At Six

Kerrang! Hall of fame

Machine Head

Kerrang! Icon


Kerrang! Inspiration

Black Sabbath