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By Michelle Duffy     Oct 5, 2008 in Entertainment
In the UK, we are for ever asking what ever happened to one hit wonder Rick Astley? Yet this week has seen his 1987 hit downloaded in record figures. Even Barack Obama has been featured in the action with this year's MTV nominee
Chirpy, wiggling and enough for your mother to want to bring home for you, Rick Astley had a massive dance hit in 1987 called Never Gonna Give You Up. It was a corny dance track which still gets dragged out on to the turn table at wedding receptions and 70th birthday parties even today, yet this week has seen some unusual changes and the recognition for a record which hit our ears over 20 years ago.
Mr Astley has found himself nominated for an MTV award - he has never been anywhere near one before. At first it was meant to be a publicity stunt for the one time singer who has faded into obscurity since the end of the eighties. Yet now, it would seem that the rumour is true.
He is surprisingly up for Best Act and is standing along side the likes of Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day, Tokio Hotel and U2, despite the Act being 21 years ago.
But there is more that Mr Astley can be thankful for, for this nomination - he has sparked off a new craze, and it goes by the name of 'Rickrolling.'
It is in simple terms, a "prank" in which web users find themselves taken to a video of Mr Astley's 1987 hit when they click an unsuspecting link.
Speaking for MTV, Richard Godfrey, who is the senior vice president, told press agents,
"The audience has spoken and MTV has been well and truly 'Rickrolled. This surprise nomination truly demonstrates that the MTV Europe Music Awards is the most democratically selected awards show there is. Rick's fans have obviously decided that he deserves recognition as a pop icon and no doubt they are determined to make sure he wins on the night."
The star studded show will be held and broadcast live from Liverpool Echo Arena on Thursday, November 6.
In the meantime, for those of you who are unfamiliar with Rick's hit, here is Mr Barrack Obama showing us how much he is a fan of the dance hit....
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