Architects, Black Sabbath and Enter Shikari were among the winners at the inaugural, public voted, Heavy Music Awards tonight (August 24).
Brighton five-piece Architects scooped Best Album for All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, while legendary metal band Black Sabbath landed Best UK band in the year they wrapped up their farewell tour.
Reacting to their victory Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi told the HMAs: “On behalf of the guys, many thanks for voting us Best UK Band.
“I’m sorry we can’t be there but no one is better qualified to accept the award than our old mate and long time supporter Andy Copping. All the best.”
Following that, the packed venue witnessed a powerful acceptance speech as Architects frontman Sam Carter dedicated the victory for ‘All Our Gods…’ to their much-missed guitarist Tom Searle.
Heavy Music Awards 2017 – with headline sponsor EMP – was presented by Kerrang Radio’s Alex Baker and Sophie K at House of Vans London.
Around the Awards horror-punk favourites Creeper headlined the live performances, supported by Venom Prison, Vukovi and Dead!
Fans of rock and metal chose Gojira to win Best International Band and Download Festival’s Andy Copping presented Best Live Band to Enter Shikari at the star-studded invitation-only event.
Best Breakthrough Band was won by US metalcore act I Prevail.
Live Nation’s Andy Copping had hit the stage earlier after it was revealed that the fan’s favourite in the Best Festival category was Download, while O2 Academy Brixton walked away with the 4.3kg metallic statue for Best Venue.
On an emotional night which celebrated the best talent on and off the stage across Heavy Music, respected photographer Ashley Maile was posthumously presented The H – a special recognition award presented for outstanding positive contribution to the heavy music scene.
Mr Maile – who photographed major rock stars including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne and James Hetfield – passed away in 2013 following a battle with cancer, aged 36.
Flying in from Sweden Henrik Udd collected Best Producer for his collaborations with Fredrick Nordstrom and Olympus presented the Best Photographer award to Ben Gibson.
The cover of the Ghost album Popestar – by Zbigniew M Bielak – won the public vote in the Best Album Artwork category.
Heavy Music Awards 2017 – The Winners
BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by PPL
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
BEST ALBUM ARTWORK presented by The Pit
Ghost – Popestar (Zbigniew M Bielak)
BEST PRODUCER presented by Believe
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Olympus
BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars
BEST VENUE presented by Scuzz
O2 Academy, Brixton
The Heavy Music Awards 2017 was sponsored by EMP, House of Vans London, Scuzz, UPRAWR, PPL, Eagle Rock Entertainment, The Pit, Believe, Olympus, Jackson Guitars, BIMM, Cloven Hoof Rum and Rocksteady Music School.
Thank you to everyone who judged, voted or otherwise supported the HMAs in any way.