Eighties star Rick Astley back on top thanks to internet craze

FROM the awkward dancing to the dodgy quiff, baby-faced crooner Rick Astley was the epitome of Eighties bad taste.

Ridiculed for years following his sudden disappearance from the charts, the singer never seemed likely to make a comeback.

But his new-found notoriety through the internet phenomenon of “rick-rolling” is now paying off, with Astley being nominated in the Best Act Ever category at the MTV Europe Music Awards.

The 42-year-old will be up against U2, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Green Day and Tokio Hotel at the ceremony to be held in Liverpool next month.

And it’s thought the pranksters responsible for making rick-rolling a worldwide craze could now help him waltz off with the award.

The online trick involves internet users unwittingly clicking on links which take them to Rick’s video Never Gonna Give You Up.

More than 20 million people have so far fallen for the prank, with the song having developed a cult status.

It was chosen when baseball team the New York Mets asked fans to pick anew anthem, and it’s even been sung at demonstrations against Scientology.