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Nominations for Heavy Music Awards announced

By | Published on Wednesday 15 March 2023

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The nominees for this year’s Heavy Music Awards have been announced. Vukovi lead the pack with five nominations, while Nova Twins, Halestorm and Ghost have four apiece.

“Being the first and only band to receive five nominations in one year in the history of the HMAs has given us such a sense of purpose and achievement”, says Vukovi vocalist Janine Shilstone.

“We feel seen and we feel heard. My younger self would be so proud of me and everything I’ve overcome at this point. I’m so excited about the future of female and non-binary in this genre and industry. There is room for everyone”.

Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard adds: “Once again the HMA finalists showcase the spectacular breadth of talent across the rock and metal scene. To see so many different styles and sub-genres represented – in addition to the diversity across all the artists – proves once again that the heavy music landscape is as vibrant and non-apologetic as ever”.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony due to take place at Wembley Arena in London on 26 May. Voting is open now until 14 Apr.

Here are the nominees in full:

Best Album: Architects – The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit, Bad Omens – The Death of Peace Of Mind, Ghost – Impera, Halestorm – Back From The Dead, Nova Twins – Supernova, Slipknot – The End So Far, Vukovi – NULA

Best Breakthrough Album: Bloodywood – Rakshak, Cassyette – Sad Girl Mixtape, Charlotte Sands – Love And Other Lies, Heriot – Profound Morality, Static Dress – Rouge Carpet Disaster, Wargasm – Explicit: The MiXXXtape, Witch Fever – Congregation

Best Single: Architects – When We Were Young, Bring Me The Horizon – Strangers, Creeper – Ghost Brigade, Enter Shikari – The Void Stares Back (feat Wargasm), Ghost – Call Me Little Sunshine, Ithaca – They Fear Us, Neck Deep – STFU

Best Production: Architects – The Classic Symptoms Of A Broken Spirit, Bad Omens – The Death Of Peace Of Mind, Halestorm – Back From The Dead, Ithaca – They Fear Us, Rolo Tomassi – Where Myth Becomes Memory, Static Dress – Rouge Carpet Disaster, Vukovi – NULA

Best Video: Cassyette – Sad Girl Summer, Coheed And Cambria – The Liars Club, Electric Callboy – Hurrikan, Motionless In White – Werewolf, Nova Twins – Choose Your Fighter, Parkway Drive – Glitch, Polyphia – Playing God

Best Album Artwork: Coheed And Cambria – Vaxis Act II: A Window Of The Waking Mind, Malevolence – Malicious Intent, Parkway Drive – Darker Still, Polyphia – Remember That You Will Die, Vukovi – NULA, Witch Fever – Congregation, Zeal & Ardor – Zeal & Ardor

Best UK Artist: Bob Vylan, Creeper, Holding Absence, Malevolence, Nova Twins, Sleep Token, Vukovi

Best International Artist: Bad Omens, Electric Callboy, Ghost, Halestorm, I Prevail, Polyphia, Spiritbox

Best UK Breakthrough Artist: As December Falls, Blackgold, Cody Frost, Delilah Bon, Kid Bookie, Lake Malice, Zand

Best International Breakthrough Artist: Charlotte Sands, Chat Pile, LS Dunes, Scene Queen, Scowl, Soul Blind, Zulu

Best UK Live Artist: Biffy Clyro, Creeper, Enter Shikari, Neck Deep, Nova Twins, Skindred. Vukovi

Best International Live Artist: Alexisonfire, Electric Callboy, Ghost, Halestorm, My Chemical Romance, Parkway Drive, Turnstile

Best Breakthrough Live Artist: As Everything Unfolds, Cassyette, Heriot, Joey Valence & Brae, Lake Malice, Static Dress, Witch Fever

Best Festival: 2000Trees, Aftershock, BMTH Malta Weekender, Download, Hellfest, Outbreak, Slam Dunk