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Blink-182 star Mark Hoppus to co-host 20th Kerrang! Awards

Blink-182's Mark Hoppus has been announced as one of the hosts for this year's Kerrang! Awards.

The singer will be joined by Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian for the event, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in a new venue at London's Troxy.

Blink 182 in concert at the O2 Arena, London.

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Mark Hoppus of Blink-182

"I'm always excited about hosting the Relentless Kerrang! Awards but this year I am not only excited but also honoured to be hosting the 20th anniversary of this prestigious event," Ian said in a statement.

"And by prestigious event I mean an excessive over-the-top over-indulgent bacchanalian blowout of epic proportions. And I have a new co-host this year, my pal Mark Hoppus. Let's party!"

Kerrang! editor James McMahon added: "It's been a thrilling year for the music Kerrang! loves.

"Whether on a global scale, or at a grass roots level, rock has thrived in the twelve months that have passed since the last time we all got together in a room and acted like lawless barbarians. It's for this reason that our awards exist. To bestow praise and reward on music which matters, which so rarely gets acclaim from outside its own scene."

Fans from today can put forward their suggestions via www.kerrang.com as to who should win awards this year, including 'Best Event', 'Best International Newcomer', 'Best Album', 'Best Live Band' and 'Best Video'.
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