Winners of the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2016

13 June 2016 Share this
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  • The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2016 in association with Fireball
  • Iron Maiden, Nikki Sixx, Asking Alexandria, Anthrax, Lamb Of God and Ghost among 2016’s winners
  • Joey Jordison announced as 2016 Golden God
  • A Salute To Lemmy: Saxon with Phil Campbell and Mikkey Dee of Motörhead perform UK exclusive live set in honour of Lemmy
  • Monday June 13th 2016
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The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards in association with Fireball blew the roof off a sold out Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith last night, and honoured the very best of the past 12 months’ metal and rock from around the globe.

Hosted by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta, this unique and special night is all about the fans. There are no tables, no sit down dinners, no industry backslapping – this is a room full of genuine fans who have voted in their hundreds of thousands to see their favourite bands be victorious. Plus, all profits from the Golden Gods ticket sales went to Heavy Metal Truants , an annual charity cycle ride, sponsored by TeamRock, from London to Download Festival to benefit Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.

One of the most celebrated drummers of the past 30 years and former member of Slipknot, Joey Jordison was announced as 2016’s Golden God, following in the footsteps of Dave Mustaine, Lemmy and Marilyn Manson. Am ong other winners were Asking Alexandria for Best UK Band, whose 2016 album ‘The Black’ entered the US Billboard Top 10 and UK Official Chart Top 15. Iron Maiden’s Number One album ‘The Book Of Souls’ won Album Of The Year.

Ghost, Sweden’s iconic and internationally celebrated occult rockers, won Best International Band. Sixx:A.M.’s Nikki Sixx picked up Icon, thrash metallers Anthrax won Inspiration and Lamb Of God picked up Best Live Band.

Interwoven with the award presentations were live sets from Grammy Awardwinners Halestorm, French metal innovators Gojira and the immense and unwavering Amon Amarth, in what were the only UK summer shows for any of the bands outside of festival appearances.

Closing the evening was A Salute To Lemmy a monumental celebration of the life of one of music’s biggest icons. Lemmy was, and will always be, a godfather of rock. A renegade, an innovator, an icon and an inspiration, there is no doubt that our music scene would look very different today if it wasn’t for him. A Salute To Lemmy was a unique celebration of the man.

Saxon, one of Britain's greatest rock bands - who in their own right have sculpted and inspired the world of rock today and influenced generations of bands – performed Lemmy’s three favourite Saxon songs and were then joined onstage by Motörhead guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee and performed Motörhead’s ‘Ace Of Spades’, ‘Born To Raise Hell’ and ‘Overkill’.

"There's only one publication in the world capable of putting such a broad range of talent under one roof, and that's Metal Hammer," says Alexander Milas, Metal Hammer's editor in chief.

"For our 30th anniversary we pulled out all the stops, but it's really our Salute To Lemmy that's hit the loudest note. His legend will always live on."

This year, TeamRock and the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards teamed up with Pinewood Live to film the event. Pinewood Live is part of the Pinewood Studio Group, a leading provider of studio and related services to the global creative industries, synonymous with worldclass British and international film and television productions.

The 2016 winners are...

Award Winner
Best New Band Creeper
Best Underground Enslaved
Best UK Band Asking Alexandria
Best International Band Ghost
Breakthrough Beartooth
Best Live Band Lamb Of God
Best Independent Label Prosthetic Records
Dimebag Darrell ‘Shredder’ Lzzy Hale
Best Album ‘The Book Of Souls’ Iron Maiden
Riff Lord Phil Campbell
Inspiration Anthrax
Icon Nikki Sixx
Global Metal Band Chthonic
Golden God Joey Jordison
Best Video Parkway Drive


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About Metal Hammer
Metal Hammer is the heavy metal bible. Based in the UK, published monthly, and distributed internationally, it is now in its 30th year of publication, and its coverage of the world of metal – from the cutting edge to the extreme – is unparalleled. With almost 1.6 million Facebook followers, 431,000 Twitter followers, and its unprecedented coverage of the global metal scene – from India to Indonesia to South America – it is truly the world’s premier metal magazine.

Team Rock is the global home of Rock and Metal music. It provides unrivalled access to the world's very best Rock and Metal content through a data-driven, multi-media content creation and distribution platform which is rapidly becoming the go-to destination for fans and artists alike. Owner of the leading Rock and Metal brands TeamRock, Classic Rock, Metal Hammer and Prog, TeamRock engages with fans through websites and apps for mobile and desktop, digital and print magazines, gaming and retail. TeamRock is backed by Harwood Private Equity.

About Heavy Metal Truants
Heavy Metal Truants, a TeamRock-sponsored charity, was co-founded by Alexander Milas and Iron Maiden manager Rod Smallwood. Now in its fourth year, it consists of an annual 161-mile bicycle ride from London to Download Festival and the annual Monster Rock Auction. To date they have raised £232,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust, Childline, and Nordoff Robbins. All Metal Hammer Golden God Awards profits from ticket sales will be donated to the Heavy Metal Truants.

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