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Metal Hammer Golden Gods hammered out

By | Published on Tuesday 12 June 2018

Ozzy Osbourne

It was the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards last night, and I am led to believe that prizes were handed out.

Hosted by Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta, among the winners was Ozzy Osbourne, who took the main Golden God award, Japanese band Lovebites were named Best New Band, Myrkur took Best Album, and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan was named an Icon.

“The Golden Gods aren’t just the biggest metal awards on the planet – they’re the only music awards that put our community at the very heart of it all”, says Metal Hammer Editor Merlin Alderslade. “Thank you to everyone who came out to support the awards and who continue to support the magazine. What a night. Same again next year, yeah?”

Well, just hold on there, because Ozzy Osbourne has now been on stage to pick up the Golden God award two years in a row. I think a third might be overdoing it. “What an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year”, he said last night. “The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special”.

Here’s the full list of winners:

Best British Band: Judas Priest
Best Live Band: Lacuna Coil
Best International Band: Arch Enemy
Best New Band: Lovebites
Best Underground Band: Wolves In The Throne Room
Breakthrough: Code Orange
Best Album: Myrkur ‘Mareridt’

Best Independent Label: Sumerian Records
Best Event: Download Festival

Riff Lord: Wes Borland
Global Metal: Kaoteon
Inspiration: Meshuggah
Spirit Of Hammer: Jessica Pimentel
Icon: Maynard James Keenan
Golden God: Ozzy Osbourne