LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS—the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremonyand concert–has announced that Dave Mustaine (MEGADETH), will perform alongside previously announced artistsANTHRAX, NOTHING MORE, ICE-T & BODY COUNT, HALESTORM, STARSET, POWER TRIP and a special guest performance from ROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale now at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.
In addition, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and longtime Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar will be honored for his charitable efforts with The Hagar Family Foundation. “It’s always exciting to receive an award. But this one is extra special,” says the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. “To be recognized for something you truly love doing and in front of an audience of your peers, doesn’t get any better than that!” The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar–is a private non-profit which puts their community philosophy towards giving into action by eliminating the red tape in getting funds and food quickly into the hands of the people and charities in need. “We look for things that are grassroots,” explains Hagar. “We want to give a dollar to somebody and have it go right in their pocket or put food on their table.” Since the launch of their foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.
Confirmed presenters so far for LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Rex Brown, Brendon Small, Brian Posehn, and members of As Lions, August Burns Red, Avatar, Beartooth, Bloodclot, Butcher Babies, Crown the Empire, Ded, Demon Hunter, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Ice Nine Kills, Huntress, LA Guns, New Years Day, Of Mice & Men, Pop Evil, PowerFlo, Prayers, Quiet Riot, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, Steel Panther, Stitched Up Heart, Sum 41, Sylar, Wage War and many more to be announced.
Voting for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS is now open until October 2, 2017.Loudwire.com readers are able to vote in multiple awards categories, including Album and Artist of the Year at: LOUDWIREAWARDS.COM.
Following are the categories and nominees for the 2017 LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS:
HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by FRONTIERS RECORDS * In This Moment
* Papa Roach
* Pretty Reckless
* Stone Sour
METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR * Avenged Sevenfold
* Body Count
* Code Orange
* Power Trip
HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR * At The Drive In “In*Ter * A*Li*A” * Highly Suspect “The Boy Who Died Wolf”
* Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”
* Royal Thunder “WICK”
* Starset “Vessels”
* Stone Sour “Hydrograd”
METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by RAZOR & TIE * Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
* Body Count “Bloodlust”
* Code Orange “Forever”
* Mastodon “Emperor of Sand”
* Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct” * Power Trip “Nightmare Logic”
HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC * Foo Fighters “Run” * Fozzy “Judas”
* I Prevail “Alone” * Nothing More “Go To War”
* Of Mice & Men “Unbreakable”
* Starset “Monster”
METAL SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC * Body Count “No Lives Matter”
* DragonForce “Ashes of the Dawn” * Municipal Waste “Amateur Sketch”
* Obituary “Sentence Day”
* Pallbearer “I Saw The End”
* Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”
BEST LIVE BAND presented by eONE * Amon Amarth
* The Dillinger Escape Plan
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* Iron Maiden
MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by BMG/RISE * Babymetal
* I Prevail
* Iron Maiden
BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by APPLE MUSIC * Avatar
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* King Woman
* Royal Thunder
BEST NEW ARTIST presented by CENTURY MEDIA
* Black Map
* Cover Your Tracks
* Gone Is Gone
* Greta Van Fleet
* Zeal & Ardor
BEST VOCALIST presented by FEARLESS RECORDS * Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
* Maria Brink, In This Moment
* Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden
* Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge
* MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder
* Corey Taylor, Stone Sour
BEST GUITARIST * Tosin Abasi. Animals As Leaders
* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
* Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
* Dave Mustaine & Kiko Loureiro – Megadeth
* Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge
* Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath
BEST DRUMMER * Charlie Benante, Anthrax
* Brann Dailor, Mastodon
* Mario Duplantier, Gojira
* Tomas Haake, Meshuggah
* Matt Greiner, August Burns Red
* Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah
BEST BASSIST presented by INDIGO HOTELS * Frank Bello, Anthrax
* Derek Boyer, Suffocation
* Rex Brown, Rex Brown
* Matt Freeman, Rancid
* Steve Harris, Iron Maiden
* Mike Kerr, Royal Blood
The COURAGE AWARD – Tony Iommi
The LEMMY AWARD presented by EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT – Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST
WWE superstarChris Jericho will serve as host for the first-ever LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS ceremony and concert with the GRAMMY Award–winningROB HALFORD of JUDAS PRIEST receiving the “LemmyLifetime Achievement Award“– named in honor of late Motörheadfrontman Lemmy Kilmister. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi–who will be presented with the “Courage Award,”which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer.
The Loudwire Music Awards will be curating exclusive playlists on Apple Music to spotlight the top hard rock and heavy metal released this year, and Apple Music will be featuring these playlists in support of the following awards categories: Heavy Metal Song of the Year, Hard Rock Song of the Year and Breakthrough Band. For the above categories, the fans will let their voices be heard by streaming the songs and the total streaming numbers will dictate the winners.
LOUDWIRE MUSIC AWARDS–the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll award ceremonyand concert—attracts the biggest names in the world of rock and will celebrate artists that have imprinted themselves on generations of rock fans and is proudly sponsored by Blacklight Media, BMG, Century Media, Entertainment One Music, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eleven Seven Music, Fearless Records, Frontiers Records, Loudwire Nights Radio, Metal Blade Records, Musicians Institute, Nuclear Blast, Razor & Tie, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Sinister Picks, Spinefarm Records, Suretone Records, TicketFly and Indigo Hotels.
The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar-is a private non-profit which expands their community philosophy toward giving and eliminates the red tape in getting funds quickly to the people and charities in need. Among the Hagar’s charitable initiatives include: supporting local food banks in every tour city that Sammy and his band visit; donating all profits from Sammy’s popular chain of restaurants “Sammy’s Beach Bar and Grill” and “Sammy’s Red Rocker Bar and Grill” located in U.S. airports and casinos to charities; and in 2014, Sammy Hagar and James Hetfield of Metallica created “Acoustic-4-A-Cure,” an annual benefit concert which supports the Pediatric Cancer Program at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital. Since the launch of The Hagar Family Foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.
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