Rock stars galore, including BLACK SABBATH, Slash, TENACIOUS D and BLACK VEIL BRIDES were out in force tonight as The Kerrang! Awards 2012 Fuelled By Relentless Energy Drink took place in London. Big winners included BLACK SABBATH, YOU ME AT SIX, BLACK VEIL BRIDES, MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE and ENTER SHIKARI, with over a million votes cast making this the biggest Awards yet.
Renowned as one of the most legendary awards events in the rock music calendar, The Kerrang! Awards 2012 Fuelled By Relentless Energy Drink did not disappoint, with a rock royalty theme to mark the Queen’s Jubilee. Hosted by Corey Taylor (SLIPKNOT, STONE SOUR) and Scott Ian (ANTHRAX), some of the biggest names in international rock and metal took to the Awards “black carpet” to celebrate the past year in music.
On the eve of what will be a triumphant return to Donington Park, with their headlining appearance at the Download festival on Sunday, June 10, BLACK SABBATH were honored with the Kerrang! Inspiration Award. Accompanied on the night by their families, Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler collected this trophy in honour of BLACK SABBATH‘s immeasurable impact on heavy rock. Put bluntly, without BLACK SABBATH, there would be no METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER, LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD…the list goes on, with Lars Ulrich once saying, “BLACK SABBATH is and always will be synonymous with heavy metal.”
The world’s most famous rock guitarist Slash was presented with the Kerrang! Icon award, putting him in the company of previous K! Icons Ronnie James Dio, ALICE IN CHAINS, MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS and MC5, with Kerrang! saying, “Slash should be credited and forever rewarded for defining the sound of modern rock music…”
Atlanta prog metallers MASTODON were awarded with Best Album (for their critically acclaimed 2011 release “The Hunter” which went to No. 19 in the U.K. album chart — a huge achievement for a record whose song titles include “Curl Of The Burl”, “Octopus Has No Friends” and “Bedazzled Fingernails”.
Best Single was awarded to glam metal group BLACK VEIL BRIDES for “Rebel Love Song”, with MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE honoured with Best International Band for the third time in their career, having won the trophy in 2006 and 2007.
Inducted into the Kerrang! Hall of Fame, joining alumni such as MÖTLEY CRÜE, JUDAS PRIEST, SLAYER and IRON MAIDEN were Californian heavy metallers MACHINE HEAD, in tribute to a career that has spanned over two decades.
The Kerrang! Awards 2012 Fuelled By Relentless Energy Drink — full list of winners:
* Best British Newcomer: WHILE SHE SLEEPS
* Kerrang! Service To Rock: TENACIOUS D
* Best Single: BLACK VEIL BRIDES – Rebel Love Song
* Best Album: MASTODON – The Hunter
* The Devotion Award: THE BLACKOUT
* Kerrang! Service To Metal: Download Festival
* Best Video: BRING ME THE HORIZON – Alligator Blood
* Best Live Band: ENTER SHIKARI
* Best International Band: MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
* Best British Band: YOU ME AT SIX
* Kerrang! Hall Of Fame: MACHINE HEAD
* Kerrang! Icon: Slash
* Kerrang! Inspiration Award: BLACK SABBATH