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Pirate Studios Back Best UK Breakthrough Award at HMA18

Pirate Studios – which boasts 18 state-of-the-art recording centres in the UK and New York City – is sponsoring the Best UK Breakthrough...

Party Hard with Emo Night UK at HMA18

The official HMA18 after-party will be hosted by Emo Night UK. Since their New York launch in 2015 under the Emo Night Brooklyn...

Nordoff Robbins Appointed as HMA18 Charity Partner

The largest independent music therapy charity in the UK, which is dedicated to changing the lives of vulnerable and isolated people, has been...

HMA18 Welcomes D’Addario as Official Supporter

Guitar string maker D’Addario has become an Industry Supporter of the Heavy Music Awards 2018. Few can claim 17th century Renaissance Italy as...
Allianz Musical Insurance

Public Liability Insurance for Musicians: Explained

Making sure artists are protected against the unknown is important – and part of the HMAs’ mission is to offer value to the...

HMA Young Photographer Competition Returns for 2018

Following the success of our Young Photographer competition in 2017, we’re excited to announce its return for 2018 with an incredible prize. This...

PPL Returns to Sponsor Best UK Band at HMA18

PPL is sponsoring the Heavy Music Awards for a second consecutive year. For 2018, the music licensing company is sponsoring the Best UK...
The Fever 333

The Fever 333 Set to Headline Heavy Music Awards 2018

California’s incendiary crossover sensation The Fever 333 are set to headline the second annual Heavy Music Awards at London’s KOKO on 23 August,...
Indie Mixtape

Indie Mixtape Sponsors Best International Band Award at HMA18

Playlist brand Indie Mixtape is sponsoring the Best International Band award at HMA18. Indie Mixtape is an eclectic community of music fans, industry...
World Cup Sweepstake

HMA18 World Cup Sweepstake

With football taking over the entirety of all civilisation for the next month, we’ve decided to add a little fun – in the...

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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