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Rise Records

Rise Records Signs Up to Support HMA18

US-based record label Rise Records has become the first official Industry Supporter of the Heavy Music Awards 2018. Founded in 1991, the Portland-based...
Heavy Music Awards 2017

HMA18 Voting Panel Opened to All Industry Professionals

The Heavy Music Awards voting process begins with nominations from several hundred industry experts and professionals – a collective effort that aims to...
Gorilla, Manchester

HMA18 Launch Event Announced for Gorilla Manchester

The finalists for the Heavy Music Awards 2018 will be announced at a very special launch event on Wednesday 25 April, at Manchester’s...
Heavy Music Awards 2018

London’s KOKO Announced as Venue for Heavy Music Awards 2018

The Heavy Music Awards will take place at London’s historic KOKO on Thursday 23 August 2018. Following 2017’s inaugural HMAs – which saw...
Ghost 'Popestar'

Exclusive Interview with Zbigniew M. Bielak: The Artist Behind Ghost’s ‘Popestar’

The inaugural Heavy Music Awards saw Ghost’s ‘Popestar’ voted as the Best Album Artwork of the year, presented by The Pit. We’ve spent...
Heavy Music Awards 2018

Heavy Music Awards Return for 2018

The dust has barely settled on the first ever Heavy Music Awards, but today we are very excited to announce the event will...

Exclusive HMA17 Show to be Aired on Sky This Weekend

Highlights of the Heavy Music Awards 2017 are to premiere on Scuzz TV (Sky 367) on Saturday (September 16) at 9pm. It will...
Architects at Heavy Music Awards 2017

Heavy Music Awards 2017 – Winners Announced

Architects, Black Sabbath and Enter Shikari were among the winners at the inaugural, public voted, Heavy Music Awards tonight (August 24). Brighton five-piece...

Slipknot and Black Sabbath Scenes To Premiere At HMA17

Special live recordings of Black Sabbath and Slipknot which have never been seen before in public are to be screened at the Heavy...
Best Breakthrough Band

HMA17 Best Breakthrough Band Longlist Part 3: O-Z

With the public voting now closed for the Heavy Music Awards 2017, and in the run up to the event on August 24...

What are the Heavy Music Awards?

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind on earth – has established itself as one of the most exciting events on the heavy music calendar.

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, we have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, we received almost 100,000 votes from the general public.

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How it works

The Panel

The first step of the HMA process sees members of the HMA Voting Panel nominate their top threes for each category, covering artists, photographers, designers, producers, venues and festivals. The panel comprises those who work in the music industry in a professional or semi-professional capacity. The HMAs as an organisation and its staff are not involved in the voting process in any way.

The Public

Once the nominations are completed, the lists are tallied up to create shortlists of seven finalists in each category. The lists of finalists are announced at the HMA18 Launch Event on 25 April, at Gorilla, Manchester. To enter the ballot for free tickets, click here (14+).

At this point the shortlists are made available for public voting.

The Winners

The winners are announced at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 on 23 August at KOKO, London. Anyone who votes is entered into the ballot to win tickets (strictly 18+).

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