This Day in ’00: Slipknot at the Kerrang! Awards

Thursday, August 29, 2019
This Day in Music

19 years ago today, Slipknot walked away with more wins at the Kerrang! Awards than any other artist, making it a highly worthwhile occasion to commemorate.

Held in London, the annual Kerrang! Awards – which, for those who aren’t into the harder side of music, are the work of Kerrang! Magazine – started in 1993, and they’re a big enough deal in the UK that highlights from the ceremony are telecast. Unfortunately, clips from the 2000 ceremony are hard to come by – or at least the ones that’d be easy to embed in this post are, anyway – but Rob Mancini reported on Slipknot’s award show antics at the time for MTV News.

According to sources on the scene, the fun began when the group's "Wait And Bleed" was named Best Single, and the band celebrated by smashing glasses on its table. Upon hitting the stage, Slipknot DJ Sid slugged percussionist Shawn Crahan after a coin toss, and the band then picked up its award without uttering a word.

Next up came the band's acceptance of the Best International Live Act award, which saw the group smash its chairs and the microphone before frontman Corey Taylor simply thanked the group's fans.

Finally, Slipknot picked up its third Kerrang! award of the evening, Best Band In The World, and celebrated by flipping off the crowd. Amid the mayhem, the band also found time to set its table on fire.

So, yeah, like we said in the opening paragraph, this was a night that was more than worthy enough to warrant a commemorative post. We just didn’t explain that it was about more than just the awards. But, boy, was it!


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