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Kerrang! and Metal Hammer hold awards ceremonies separately but are united in one CMU news story

By | Published on Tuesday 17 June 2014

Kerrang! Awards

It was Download Festival last weekend, which can only mean one thing. Well, two things. Actually, I guess it’s three, really. Number one: Download Festival happened. Number(s) two/three: The Kerrang! Awards and the Metal Hammer Golden Gods happened.

Anyway, because they happen so closely together (and not because we forgot about the Kerrang! Awards last week), here’s a report combining both awards ceremonies into one and pleasing nobody. Hurrah!

The Golden Gods actually took place last night at London’s, er, clinical IndigO2 venue. There were no runaway winners, but hosts Steel Panther got the Video Of The Year prize, so let’s just say the night was theirs.

The Kerrang! Awards actually took place last Thursday at London’s, er, often used for awards ceremonies Troxy venue, ensuring that there were many hangovers in place for the first day of Download. Bonus points to this one for the curveball of giving One Direction support act 5 Seconds Of Summer the Best International Newcomer prize. Though points have to come off for still having Hottest Male and Hottest Female categories.

Anyway, the final award goes to Metal Hammer for sending us a press release with quote to use. Over to Metal Hammer Editor In Chief Alexander Milas: “Heavy metal’s been around for over 40 years, and as this year’s winners prove, it remains as vibrant as ever”.

And more: “From world-beating prog metal visionaries Opeth to a genuine guitar hero like Michael Schenker, to absolute legends Hanoi Rocks who first married the words ‘glam’ and ‘metal’ and inspired a movement, to Orphaned Land, whose integrity as artists and spokespeople for the power of metal to unite people genuinely blew us all away tonight, this was a night for the history books. Add to that a genuine screen legend like David Prowse, and you might even say the Force was strong with this one”.

Honestly, you give someone an award and they squander it on a weak ‘Star Wars’ joke. Well, anyway, here are the lists of winners for both awards:

Metal Hammer Golden Gods winners

Best New Band: Devil You Know
Breakthrough Artist: Of Mice & Men
Best Underground Band: Wardruna
Best UK Band: Iron Maiden
Best Live Band: Killswitch Engage
Best International Band: Avenged Sevenfold
Global Metal Act: Orphaned Land and Khalas

Album Of The Year: Behemoth – The Satanist
Game Of The Year: Grand Theft Auto V
Video Of The Year: Steel Panther – Party Like It’s The End Of The World

Riff Lord: Mark Tremonti
Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’: Misha Mansoor of Periphery
King Of The Internet: Devin Townsend
Spirit Of Hammer: Darth Vader (Dave Prowse)

Inspiration: Hanoi Rocks
Icon: Michael Schenker
The Golden God: Mikael Åkerfeldt


Kerrang! Awards winners

Best Single: You Me At Six – Fresh Start Fever
Best Album: Architects – Lost Forever/Lost Together
Best Event: Fall Out Boy Save Rock And Roll Tour
Best Video: Deaf Havana – Boston Square
Best Festival: Slam Dunk

Best British Newcomer: Neck Deep
Best International Newcomer: 5 Seconds Of Summer
Best British Band: You Me At Six
Best Live Band: Bring Me The Horizon
Best International Band: Fall Out Boy

Best TV Show: Game Of Thrones
Best Video Game: The Last Of Us
Best Film: The Lego Movie
Best Comedian: Jarrod Alonge
Tweeter Of The Year: Gerard Way

Hottest Female: Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless)
Hottest Male: Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)

The Relentless Award: Watain
Kerrang! Hero: Gerard Way
Kerrang! Hall Of Fame: Deep Purple
Kerrang! Inspiration: The Dillinger Escape Plan
Kerrang! Icon Award: Ramones
Kerrang! Service To Rock: Status Quo