Snoop Dogg has been barred from entering Australia due to his growing criminal record, the Australian government revealed today.

The decision scuppers the controversial rapper's plans to attend this Sunday's MTV Australian video music awards in Sydney.

Explaining the Australian government's decision to decline his visa application, the country's immigration minister Kevin Andrews told a local radio station that Snoop Dogg had a "whole string of convictions".

"He doesn't seem the sort of bloke we want in this country," Mr Andrews told Macquarie radio.

"This man has been a member of a Los Angeles gang - and is still associated with it apparently - that's been involved in murder, robberies and drug dealing in the LA area," he added.

Snoop Dogg, real name Calvin Broadus, has been given 28 days to appeal against the decision, which comes after he was given a three-year suspended sentence in the US earlier this month for pleading no contest to gun and drug charges.

Meanwhile the 35-year-old artist has indicated to MTV that he would be willing to appear on Oprah Winfrey's TV show to discuss his
controversial rap lyrics.

His comments came after the hip-hop star was mentioned in a discussion on the talk show in relation to the effect that rap music lyrics have on children.

"I appreciate you, Oprah. I've never been on your show, so thank you for bringing my name up on your show. I'm sure that'll mean another million record sales," said a blasé Snoop Dogg.

26/04/2007 07:12:35