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MANY OF HONOUR; Biffy Clyro bag song gong at Kerrang! awards.

SCOTS rockers Biffy Clyro were celebrating last night after picking up a music gong at the Kerrang! Awards in London.

Frontman Simon Neil and bandmates James and Ben Johnston were honoured with the Classic Songwriter prize, presented by Zippo, at the thrash bash.

The judges decided to acknowledge the Ayrshire rockers for their many great songs and hit singles, including Bubbles and Many Of Horror.

It was yet another prize for Biffy in a year which has seen them already win two NME awards and a Radio 1 Teen Award, as well as being nominated for Brit, Q and Mercury Music Prize awards.

American rockers 30 Seconds To Mars - fronted by brothers Jared and Shannon Leto - collected two awards at the ceremony.

The boys took away the gongs for Best International Band, for the third time, and Best Single, for the epic Hurricane - which was released at the end of 2010.

Despite being nominated for five awards, emo rockers My Chemical Romance came home with just one - Best Video, for their top-40 single Na Na Na.

The highly conceptualised video for the hit song shows the band as The Killjoys - a gang of outlaws, who get chased by Scots-born comic book author Grant Morrison.

Sheffield bands Bring Me The Horizon and Download headliners Def Leppard also won prizes - for Best Album and the Kerrang! Inspiration award.

Ozzy's Osbourne's son, Jack, picked up his dad's Kerrang! Legend award and Alice Cooper was named as the Kerrang! Icon for his services to the rock and heavy metal world.

see This year's Kerrang! Awards - which were hosted by Slipknot's Corey Taylor and Anthrax's Scott Ian - coincided with the 30th anniversary of the magazine, which first launched on June 6, 1981.

It was a colourful affair as guests were welcomed by characters from London fetish club Torture Garden on arrival - including Vivid Angel, a human fortune-telling machine and a Dita Von Teese tribute act courtesy of Carrie-Ann Odell.

Evil clowns, jelly and ice cream, birthday cake and video birthday messages from bands such as Metallica, Iron Maiden and Paramore all helped things along.

Metallica sent in the following message: "Happy 30th Birthday to our friends at Kerrang! Thank you and we're right behind you and here's to at least another 30!"


ROCK VICTORS: Ben Johnston, brother James and Simon Neil
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 10, 2011
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