Thanks to the Internet phenomena, he’s back on the lists!
[quote]Astley nominated for best act award
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Rick Astley has become a surprise contender for best act ever at this year’s MTV Europe Music Awards.
Two decades after his single hit the top spot in 16 countries, Astley’s fans have taken its title Never Gonna Give You Up quite literally, by selecting him for nomination.
Astley, in his first ever nomination in the history of the MTV Europe Music Awards, will compete against Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel and U2 for best act ever.
Rick warned us he’d never say goodbye
By Cole Moreton
Sunday, 5 October 2008
The news that naff Eighties crooner Rick Astley is somehow in the running for Best Act Ever at the MTV Europe awards next month is both funny and mysterious. Why Rick? Where has he been all these years?
Britney, U2 and Green Day are on the shortlist with a man whose last big hit was 17 years ago. He was a proper star once, though, thanks to producers Stock, Aitken and Waterman: his first single, “Never Gonna Give You Up” got to No1 here and in the States back in 1987. Six years later, aged just 27, Astley retired. The big quiff and deep voice that didn’t fit his boyish face were gone.
Until now. His comeback is the result of a geeky internet joke: you were sent a picture of a duck on wheels after clicking a false link – to win a free laptop, say. That was Duckrolling. Then somebody swapped the duck for a YouTube clip of Astley performing. Rickrolling, see? The randomness made it amusing – an estimated 40 million computer users have now been Rickrolled. MTV blames the nomination on Rickrolling, but that can’t be true: fans had to write his name, not mistakenly click a link