America's only hard-rock and heavy-metal award show is back for 2012! The fourth annual REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARD SHOW presented by Epiphone® will take place Wednesday, April 11, at Club Nokia in Downtown Los Angeles. For the first time ever, the event will be broadcast live in its entirety on Xbox LIVE, as well as on the Xbox and Revolver Facebook pages. Tickets go on sale today Wednesday, February 15 at 5 p.m. PST, via Ticketmaster, click here.
"Our exclusive collaboration with Revolver Magazine on the Golden Gods event shows just how far Xbox LIVE has come as an entertainment destination," said Ross Honey, GM of Xbox LIVE Entertainment & Advertising. "We're excited to deliver this live original content to all Xbox LIVE members globally."
Also on April 11, The GRAMMY Museum, next door to Club Nokia, will open its new exhibit Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal. Mounted in coordination with Revolver, the exhibit will feature never-before-displayed artifacts including instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, clothing and costumes, alongside original album artwork, posters and live-performance and interview footage. The exhibit will also feature a variety of interactive displays. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Revolver to tell the story of metal," states GRAMMY Museum Executive Director Bob Santelli, "and offer fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite artists in such a personal way."
Hosting duties for the GOLDEN GODS awards show will be handled by FOZZY frontman and WWE pro-wrestling legend Chris Jericho, who returns for the third consecutive year. The nominees in 11 different categories, plus the recipient of this year's prestigious "Golden God Award," were revealed today at a press conference held at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Host Chris Jericho was on hand, along with Alice Cooper, Munky (Korn), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), James Michael (Sixx:A.M.), Vinny Appice (Heaven & Hell, Kill Devil Hill), Black Veil Brides, Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Wendy Dio (wife of Ronnie James Dio) and pro motocross rider Brian Deegan to announce the nominees.
Beginning today, fans everywhere can cast their vote to decide who will take home the awards for "Best Guitarist" (presented by Epiphone®), "Best Drummer" (presented by Drum Workshop®), "Best Vocalist" (presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®), "Album of the Year" (presented by Marshall Amplification®), "Best Live Band" (presented by Samson/Zoom®), "Most Metal Athlete," "Comeback of the Year" (presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®), "Riff Lord," "Paul Gray Best Bassist" (presented by Dean Markley®), "Best International Band" (presented by Musicians Institute®) and "Most Dedicated Fans." Voting starts today at: www.GoldenGodsAwards.com and ends on April 1. The complete list of nominees in each category is listed below.
The Golden God Award, given to one special honoree a year who embodies the spirit of hard rock and metal, will go to KISS demon Gene Simmons, whose band will release their highly anticipated 20th studio album, "Monster," this year. (Previous honorees include hard-rock and metal legends Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST and Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH.) Simmons commented, "It's an honor and privilege to accept the Golden God Award. A God is only as powerful as the faithful who worship him. Signed GOD OF THUNDER."
Adding to the celebration, The 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS SHOW will feature one-of-a-kind special performances and collaborations that honor both the past, present and future of heavy music. The night's hard-rocking musical performances will include sets by MARILYN MANSON (in his first U.S. performance in nearly three years); iconic GRAMMY-winning guitarist SLASH featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators; EVANESCENCE; SIXX:A.M. featuring Nikki Sixx of MOTLEY CRUE, James Michael, acclaimed rock producer and songwriter, and DJ Ashba of GUNS N' ROSES (in their first performance in almost four years); and 2011 Best New Band Golden God Award winner BLACK VEIL BRIDES, who will perform their only U.S. show of 2012 so far. More performers will be announced in the coming weeks.
"Every year, the Revolver Golden Gods grows bigger and more badass. The 2012 edition is without question the most epic one yet, from the performers and presenters to the nominees and honorees," states Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist. "And this year, with the GRAMMY Museum launching its tie-in 'Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal' exhibit, and Xbox LIVE broadcasting the show around the world as it goes down in its entirety, the event will truly encompass the full timeline of heavy music and span the globe. Epic, indeed."
"Epiphone and I are thrilled to participate in the Golden Gods Awards Show and celebrate some of music's best talents - including this year's performers from our Epiphone/Gibson family Nikki Sixx and Slash," said Jim Rosenberg, President of Epiphone. "We are excited to share this year's event with Epiphone players and metal fans across the globe with the show's inaugural live broadcast. Every year, the show gets better and better!"
Cast your vote now at GOLDENGODSAWARDS.COM. The nominees for the 2012 REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS presented by Epiphone® are:
, presented by Epiphone
- Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
- Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
- Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
- Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
- Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
- Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)
Best Drummer, presented by Drum Workshop®
- Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
- Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
- Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
- Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
- Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
- Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)
Best Vocalist, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink®
- Sebastian Bach
- Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
- James Durbin
- Amy Lee (Evanescence)
- Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
- Jonathan Davis (Korn)
Album of the Year, presented by Marshall Amplification®
- Anthrax, Worship Music
- Evanescence, Evanescence
- Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist
- Foo Fighters, Wasting Light
- Korn, The Path of Totality
- Lamb of God, Resolution
Best Live Band, presented by Samson/Zoom®
- Avenged Sevenfold
- Foo Fighters
- Guns N' Roses
- Judas Priest
Most Metal Athlete
- Gina Carano (MMA fighting)
- Brian Deegan (pro motocross)
- Evan Longoria (MLB baseball)
- Dirk Nowitzki (NBA basketball)
- Mitch Petrus (NFL football)
- CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
Comeback of the Year, presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment®
- Dream Theater
- Van Halen
- Scott Ian (Anthrax)
- Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
- Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
- Munky (Korn)
- Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Paul Gray Best Bassist, presented by Dean Markley®
- Frank Bello (Anthrax)
- Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot)
- Fieldy (Korn)
- David Ellefson (Megadeth)
- Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.)
- Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen)
Best International Band, presented by Musicians Institute®
- Lacuna Coil
- X Japan
Most Dedicated Fans
- Asking Alexandria
- Avenged Sevenfold
- Black Veil Brides
- Falling in Reverse
For more information on tickets for the REVOLVER GOLDEN GODS AWARDS please log on to: http://www.ticketmaster.com/
About REVOLVER Magazine:
Revolver is the No. 1 hard-rock and heavy-metal destination in the world. In print for over 10 years, the magazine takes readers into the studio, onto the stage, and behind the scenes, providing in-depth information, mind-blowing original photography, and hilarious insights they can't find anywhere else. The home of The Hottest Chicks in Hard Rock, Revolver also features horror movies, mixed martial arts, tattoos, action sports, and more. The cover of the magazine was recently named by Billboard to be the #1 place to get maximum exposure as a hard-rock artist. Revolver sponsors over 20 hard-rock tours each year, including the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival. Its website (www.revolvermag.com) features exclusive interviews, music and video, photo-shoot outtakes, and contests. Revolver is also the official partner of Phunware for RevolverTV, the main home of hard rock and heavy metal programming on all mobile phones, producing new features weekly on over 200 mobile networks including the latest versions of Android and iPhone.
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About The GRAMMY Museum:
Paying tribute to music's rich cultural history, this one-of-a-kind, 21st-century Museum explores and celebrates the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music - the GRAMMY Award. The GRAMMY Museum features 30,000 square feet of interactive and multimedia exhibits located within L.A. LIVE, the downtown Los Angeles sports, entertainment and residential district. Through thought-provoking and dynamic public and educational programs and exhibits, guests will experience music from a never-before-seen insider perspective that only The GRAMMY Museum can deliver. www.grammymuseum.org