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Tom Morello to receive MTV prize for Wall Street demo

Tom Morello
Image caption Demonstrators at the New York encampment are protesting bank bailouts and high unemployment

Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello is to receive a prize at MTV's O Music Awards for his performance at the Occupy Wall Street demos.

The Most Memorable #OWS Performance prize was launched to mark the "music spontaneity, artistry, and virility" of performances at the New York protests.

Morello performed last month at the base camp in Zuccotti Park.

He told entertainment website The Wrap that the prize was for all the "worldwide rebels".

The star, who performs under the guise The Nightwatchman, added: "It's an unusual title for an award, but it's an award that is for the worldwide rebels who are now occupying 1,300 cities around the planet.

"The one thing that all the Occupy cities have in common is everyone pitches in and co-operates. I'm a musician, so I pitched in and played."

Morello, who has been a political activist throughout his career, recently released an album titled World Wide Rebel Songs.

The O Music Awards honours the multi-platform and digital aspects of the music industry.

Shannon Connolly, Vice President of Digital Music Strategy, MTV Music Group said: "With almost everyone armed with a smartphone, many of the Occupy Wall Street performances are spreading virally and in the process inspiring people all over the world.

"This recognition pays homage to the artists and fans who are using digital platforms to share this music globally."

The ceremony, which began last year, will be filmed at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles over the next couple of weeks.

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