METALLICA were named Best Band On the Planet at the Kerrang! Awards, beating out the likes of SLIPKNOT, THE DARKNESS, H.I.M., RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS and BLINK-182, according to Scotsman.com. VELVET REVOLVER, the new group composed of former members of GUNS N' ROSES and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, won Best International Newcomer, while THE DARKNESS were named Best British Band. The spandex-clad rockers also won Best Live Band for the second year running.Kerrang! said THE DARKNESS richly deserved their double win. "They've sold more records, played to more people, been on the cover of more magazines and won more awards than anybody would have dreamed of just 18 months ago, and it's all thoroughly deserved for the band who gave rock back its sense of fun," said the magazine. The organizers of the Kerrang! Awards — held Thursday night (August 26) at The Brewery in central London — laid on 14,200 bottles of beer, 150 litres of vodka and 1,000 shots of absinthe as part of the refreshments, reports Scotsman.com. Kerrang! Awards winners: Best British Newcomer: YOURCODENAMEIS:MILO
Best International Newcomer: VELVET REVOLVER
Best Single: LOSTPROPHETS – "Last Train Home"
Best Album: MUSE – "Absolution"
Icon Award: MC5
Best Video: H.I.M. – "Funeral of Hearts"
Best Live Band: THE DARKNESS
Spirit of Rock Award: ANTHRAX
Classic Songwriter: ASH
Best British Band: THE DARKNESS
Best Band on the Planet: METALLICA
Hall of Fame: GREEN DAY