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Metallica Golden Gods Awards

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Enter the 5th Annual Golden Gods Awards Show

Metallica Golden Gods Awards
Metallica Golden Gods Awards

Now that the frantic rush of Winter NAMM has mellowed out we can all screw our heads back on and look to the forward to upcoming events. Since we’re on the topic of upcoming events Revolver Magazine is holding their 5th annual Golden Gods Award ceremony to celebrate various musicians of all avenues of rock and heavy metal. Hosted by the WWE Chris Jericho who will be joined by legions of rock musicians, record labels, and gear manufacturers to celebrate everything and everyone that has made rock more than a staple in modern music for the past what? Six decades now? Give or take.

And what would a rock award show be without some performances?

Through the evening the celebrations of awards being handed out will be separated by intervals of performances from Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Stone Sour, Dillinger Escape Plan, Halestrom, and the evening’s headline performers Metallica.

The Golden Gods Awards

While a number of the nominees still remain (we’ll get back to that in a moment) two awards have already been determined and announced. The prestigious Golden Gods Award itself will be presented by Sumerian Records to the rock horror icon Rob Zombie. The honorary Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented by Ernie Ball to the legendary Metallica (who have their 3D movie coming out later this year). And lastly the ravishing Riff Lord award will be presented by EMG Pickups to rock / metal pioneer Tony Iommi.

But they’re not the only guitarists to be celebrated. There will be an excess of awards handed out to eleven lucky musicians at the discretion of voters. If you want someone in specific to win you need to swing by the Golden Gods web site and place your vote in some time before April 15th or forever hold your peace.

The actual event will take place on May 2nd in Los Angeles, California. It will be broadcast live on national television via AXS TV as well as through Xbox Live and Facebook. Or you could actually buy tickets and show up.  I’ve heard doing that is pretty cool.  Anyway.  Cast your vote and tell us who all you’re voting for here.  We’d love to hear what you think.

The Nominees

The “Best Guitarist Award” will be presented by Epiphone
• John 5 (Rob Zombie & solo)
• Stephen Carpenter (Deftones)
• Alex Lifeson (Rush)
• Misha Mansoor (Periphery)
• Brendon Small (Dethklok)
• Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)

The “Best Drummer Award” will be presented by Drum Workshop
• Abe Cunningham (Deftones)
• Mario Duplantier (Gojira)
• Arejay Hale (Halestorm)
• Gene Hoglan (Dethklok & Testament)
• Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour)
• Neil Peart (Rush)

The “Paul Gray Best Bassist Award” will be presented by Dean Markley
• Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill)
• Steve Harris (Iron Maiden & solo)
• Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)
• Geddy Lee (Rush)
• Jason Newsted (Newsted)
• Sergio Vega (Deftones)

The “Best Vocalist Award” will be presented by Rockstar Energy Drink
• Phil Anselmo (Down & solo)
• Maria Brink (In This Moment)
• Chris Cornell (Soundgarden)
• Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)
• Chino Moreno (Deftones)
• Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)

The “Most Metal Athlete Award” will be presented by Roadrunner Records
• Tom Crabtree (Green Bay Packers, NFL)
• Tanner Faust (Rally and drifting car racing)
• Clay Guida (Mixed Martial Arts fighting, UFC)
• Triple H (WWE wrestling)
• Geoff Rowley (Skateboarding)
• CJ Wilson (Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, MLB)

The “Best Live Band Award” will be presented by Samson/Zoom
• Anthrax
• Five Finger Death Punch
• Hatebreed
• Lamb of God
• Slipknot
• Volbeat

The “Most Dedicated Fans Award” will be presented by Xbox LIVE
• Black Label Society
• Black Veil Brides
• A Day To Remember
• Rammstein
• Slipknot

The “Album of the Year Award” will be presented by Orange Amplification
• Deftones, Koi No Yokan
• Gojira, L’Enfant Sauvage
• Halestorm, The Strange Case of…
• Marilyn Manson, Born Villain
• Soundgarden, King Animal
• Stone Sour, House of Gold & Bones Part 1

The “Best New Talent Award” nominees
• Device
• Ghost
• Kvelertak
• Miss May I
• Of Mice & Men
• Young Guns

The “Comeback of the Year Award” nominees
• Aerosmith
• The Darkness
• Quicksand
• Refused
• Soundgarden
• Tenacious D

The “Song of the Year Award” nominees
• Asking Alexandria, “Run Free”
• Avenged Sevenfold, “Carry On”
• Black Veil Brides, “In The End”
• Dethklok, “I Ejaculate Fire”
• Halestorm, “Love Bites (So Do I)”
• In This Moment, “Blood”

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Kyle Smitchens

Kyle Smitchens is the Guitar-Muse Managing Editor, super hero extraordinaire, and all around great guy. He has been playing guitar since his late teens and writing personal biographies almost as long. An appreciator of all music, his biggest influences include Tchaikovsky, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Steve Vai, Therion, and Jon Levasseur of Cryptopsy.

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