Heavy Music Awards 2020 Winners Announced

The winners have been revealed at the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards, during a hugely popular live stream exclusively on Amazon Music UK’s Twitch channel.

In a show hosted live by Sophie K and Jon Mahon from the Heavy Music Awards’ London offices, twelve awards were handed out between exclusive, live performances from the studios of AfterLive Music by The Hunna, Holding Absence, Heart Of A Coward, Wargasm, Coldbones and Hawxx.

Slipknot enjoyed the greatest success on the night, taking home Best International Band and Best Album, for their acclaimed 2019 LP ‘We Are Not Your Kind’. In his acceptance video, Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan said, “It only means what it means when it’s voted by you, the fans, all round the world.”

While they may have missed out on the Best Album gong, Sheffield’s Bring Me The Horizon made HMA history by becoming the first artist to retain an award – picking up Best UK Band for the second time in as many years. Frontman Oli Sykes echoed Slipknot’s sentiment about fan participation in a video message from his home.

German heavyweights Rammstein landed the Best Live Band award, following a series of seminal stadium shows in 2019. In a collective message, the band said, “It’s always special to receive recognition for doing something you believe in, and when that recognition comes straight from the fans, it means a great deal.”

In a brand new category for 2020, Best Video, Don Broco landed their first HMA in recognition of their clip for ‘Action’. Frontman Rob Damiani was effusive in his praise of director Benjamin Roberds and producer Katie Gregg: “We’ve made six videos in total with them, and by far it’s been the best experience we’ve ever had making music videos.”

Pennsylvania’s Baroness were the recipients of the Best Album Artwork gong for ‘Gold And Grey’, with its jawdropping cover created by the band’s frontman John Dyer Baizley. On winning their first ever Heavy Music Awards, the charismatic vocalist said, “This means the world to us. It’s been an incredibly strange year, and we cannot wait to get back out on tour!”


Nova Twins


“This is another door open for us all.”

The two Breakthrough Band awards were picked up by acts at the opposite ends of the heavy music spectrum – with Australian metalcore five-piece Polaris landing the International award, while Nova Twins – fresh from their performance at the HMAs in 2019 – were victors in the fiercely contested UK category.

Nova Twins’ Amy Love saw the significance of their win: “it’s so incredible for us, especially as women of colour, winning these rock awards, because you don’t see it that often. Let’s keep pushing forward, keep diversifying the space – there’s room for everybody.”

Love’s bandmate Georgia South added, “It feels like a win for the whole community of POC alternative fans, the LGBT community, any minority group that feels that the doors were not open for them – this is another door open for us all.”

Meanwhile, speaking from Sydney, Polaris’ Jamie Hails and Rick Schneider were humbled by the win. “This snuck up on us with everything that’s been going on, but it’s reminded us of all the fans we have out there and it really does mean a lot.”

History was also made in the Best Producer category, with Catherine Marks – who has worked with the likes of Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Amazons and Frank Turner – becoming the first female to win the award. Accepting the award at her studio in London, Marks was quick to praise the other six finalists before adding, “This is such a shock, this is huge – thank you so much, this is such an honour. You don’t know how much this means to me. Thank you!”

In the Best Festival category, Download took the award for the second time in four years – the first time since the inaugural HMAs in 2017 – and the event’s mastermind Andy Copping was reflective in his acceptance speech. “It really means a lot to us. A very bizarre year this year, of course, with no festival taking place, but fingers crossed we’re going to be back next year, bigger and stronger than we’ve always been.”

Hugely respected metal snapper Ester Segarra became the first female to bag the Best Photographer category, taking down what is always one of the most hotly-contested awards. Speaking from Stockholm, Segarra was quick to highlight the sense of unity among the metal community, “It means a lot to have got this award this year. Let’s stand united, because united we never shall fall.”

And finally, The H – a special award recognising exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene – was given to Dom Frazer and Space, the husband and wife team behind Guildford’s much-loved Boileroom, a music venue paired with a vibrant creative space that has done a huge amount to empower local and national talent. Alongside her partner Space – who HMA followers may also know as the producer of IDLES’ album ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ – Frazer said, “We’d like to accept this award on behalf of all of the crews, and all the people who work tirelessly to make our cultural landscape so amazing. Keep doing what you’re doing and together we’ll get through this. This means so much. Thank you.”

The Heavy Music Awards is an entirely democratic, independent awards programme recognising the year’s best in rock and metal. For HMA20, over 600 invited industry insiders nominated their favourites to create the finalists’ shortlists, before more than 150,000 votes were cast from over 150 countries to decide the winners.

Our sincerest thanks to all the sponsors and supporters of HMA20 – Amazon Music, AfterLive Music, eOne, Moshhh, O2 Forum Kentish Town, Primordial Radio, Subfrantic, Ticketmaster, BIMM, Allianz Musical Insurance, Association of Independent Music, Believe, Dead Simple Accounting and EMP.


Heavy Music Awards 2020 – The Winners

BEST ALBUM – Slipknot ‘We Are Not Your Kind’ (Roadrunner Records / Produced by Greg Fidelman)
Presented by Amazon Music

BEST VIDEO – Don Broco ‘Action’ (Sharptone Records / Directed by Benjamin Roberds)
Presented by Moshhh

BEST FESTIVAL – Download Festival
Presented by Ticketmaster


BEST PRODUCER – Catherine Marks
Presented by AfterLive Music

BEST ALBUM ARTWORK – Baroness ‘Gold and Grey’ (Abraxan Hymns / Artwork by John Dyer Baizley)

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND – Nova Twins (333 Wreckords)
Presented by Primordial Radio

Presented by Subfrantic

BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND – Slipknot (Roadrunner Records)
Presented by eOne

BEST LIVE BAND – Rammstein (Universal)
Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town

BEST UK BAND – Bring Me The Horizon (RCA Records)
Presented by Amazon Music

THE H – Awarded for exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene
Dom Fraser & Space


Main photo: The Hunna at HMA20 by Tom Russell

AfterLive Music and Subfrantic Join Forces With HMA20

We’re excited to welcome two new partners to the party for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards.

State-of-the-art live recording service AfterLive Music has signed up as sponsor of the Best Producer category, while industry-leading production firm Subfrantic will be supporting the Best International Breakthrough Band category.

The South London facility shared by both AfterLive Music and Subfrantic was the venue for all the live performances recorded for HMA20 – filmed by fellow HMA partners Moshhh.

AfterLive Music offer a full live music and video production service, including multi-track audio recording, editing and mixing, while Subfrantic – established in 1993 – supply high-end sound, lighting, staging and video equipment to the events industry.

AfterLive Music’s Creative Director Adam Bonner said, “AfterLive Music is proud to support the 2020 Heavy Music Awards.

“It was clear from the outset that we share the same passion and drive for live music, high production values and providing artists of all levels with an opportunity to showcase themselves in the very best possible light. Despite Covid, this shared vision enabled us to make this year’s awards something very special indeed. We can’t wait for you all to see the results.”

Subfrantic owner Steve Davies added, “Subfrantic is hugely proud to be associated with the Heavy Music Awards in 2020, and hosting them for filming some of their content in such a crazy year. We’re just as proud to be sponsoring the Best International Breakthrough Band award and look forward to welcoming the winner to Subfrantic for a production rehearsal at some point in the future!”

You can find out more about AfterLive Music via their Facebook page here and visit Subfrantic’s website here.

As previously announced, the Heavy Music Awards will now be streamed worldwide on Twitch from 8.30pm BST on Thursday 3 September, featuring full live band performances by The Hunna, Holding Absence, Heart Of A Coward, Wargasm, Coldbones and Hawxx. You can get more details on the show here.

Heavy Music Awards 2020 Moves Online, Premieres on Twitch Thursday 3 September

New look set-up to feature exclusive, full live performances by The Hunna, Holding Absence, Heart Of A Coward, Wargasm, Coldbones and HAWXX.

Due to the ongoing global situation, the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards will now take place online, premiering on Twitch from 8.30pm BST on Thursday 3 September.

The show will be presented live from the Heavy Music Awards’ London offices by Kerrang! Radio presenters Sophie K and Jon Mahon.

Amazon Music celebrates its first year as headline sponsor of the HMAs by presenting both the Best Album and Best UK Band awards, while further categories are backed by the likes of Ticketmaster, O2 Forum Kentish Town, eOne, Primordial Radio, Moshhh, AfterLive Music and Subfrantic.

In addition, the event will feature full live performances by some of rock and metal’s most exciting artists, filmed at the state-of-the-art AfterLive Music / Subfrantic studios by long-time HMA partners Moshhh.

The live line-up comprises six acts, perfectly representing the broad spectrum of UK rock and metal in 2020, including London’s fast-rising alt-metal quartet HAWXX, instrumental prog metallers Coldbones, industrial-tinged punk outfit Wargasm, and much-loved metal heavyweights Heart Of A Coward.

Following a recent headline run that saw them fill London’s Scala, Welsh four piece Holding Absence will bring their soaring choruses to the HMA20 stage, warming things up nicely for headliners The Hunna. Fresh from recording their latest EP ‘I Wanna Know’ in LA with legendary producer John Feldmann – which features a guest appearance by Blink-182’s Travis Barker – the band most recently electrified London with a sold out headline show at O2 Academy Brixton.

Prior to the main event, the official pre show will be hosted by Sophie K and Jon Mahon from 8.30pm BST, while the official after show will begin at 10.30pm exclusively on the Primordial Radio Twitch channel, with presenters Moose and Pete welcoming live guests to chat about the winners and performances.

HMAs co-founder Dave Bradley said, “The adversity facing live music right now made us even more determined to keep the HMAs alive. We believe it’s more important than ever to shout as loud as we can about the exceptional talent across heavy music – from the artists to the hard working teams behind the scenes – and we are proud to do our part to keep the wheels turning until normality returns.”

The Heavy Music Awards will be streaming on Twitch from 8.30pm BST, Thursday 3 September 2020.

Listen to the Official Heavy Music Awards 2020 Playlist on Amazon Music here.


Heavy Music Awards 2020

Music Venue Trust Fundraiser in Aid of #SaveOurVenues Campaign

We’re very proud to announce a charity fundraiser in aid of the Music Venue Trust’s #SaveOurVenues campaign, in partnership with Moshhh.

To help raise funds for music venues facing closure due to the ongoing global pandemic, we’ll be donating 100% of the profits from the sale of our exclusive ‘In Music We Trust’ embroidered t-shirts and beanies to the #SaveOurVenues campaign, which you can also donate to here.

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Music Venue Trust Fundraiser

Music Venue Trust Fundraiser

Heavy Music Awards 2020 Moves to September

Following current official government advice requesting people to avoid non-essential travel and non-essential social contact – we have taken the decision to temporarily postpone the Heavy Music Awards 2020 until Thursday 3 September 2020 at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. The safety of the fans, artists, partners and dedicated crew who make it all possible will always be our primary concern.

The voting window has been extended until Friday 5 June, all votes already cast will of course remain valid. If you’ve yet to vote and enter the ballot for tickets to HMA20, you can do so here.

We look forward to celebrating the power of music and the entire landscape of talent across the rock community, in the inclusive environment of which the Heavy Music Awards is proud to be a part.


Heavy Music Awards 2020 Finalists Announced

The finalists for the fourth annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced, comprising 11 categories of 7 nominees, entirely based on the nominations of almost 700 individuals working across the music industry.

As in previous years, the field is wide open, with artists facing off from all sides of the heavy music spectrum. The categories include some returning winners, some huge artists being nominated for the first time, and as always, another glowing advertisement for the incredible emerging talent from all around the world.

Voting is open NOW, with all voters entered into the draw to win tickets to the Heavy Music Awards 2020 at the O2 Forum Kentish Town, London, on Thursday 21 May 2020.




Heavy Music Awards 2020: The Finalists

Best Album
Presented by Amazon Music

BABYMETAL – Metal Galaxy (Produced by Kobametal)
Bring Me The Horizon – amo (Produced by Oliver Sykes & Jordan Fish)
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions (Produced by Larry Hibbitt)
Sleep Token – Sundowning (Produced by George Lever)
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind (Produced by Greg Fidelman)
TOOL – Fear Inoculum (Produced by Joe Barresi)
While She Sleeps – So What? (Produced by Carl Bown)

Best UK Band

Bring Me The Horizon
Bury Tomorrow
Employed to Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Venom Prison
While She Sleeps

Best International Band
Presented by eOne

Fever 333
The Interrupters
Parkway Drive
Stray From The Path

Best Live Band
Presented by O2 Forum Kentish Town

Amon Amarth
Fever 333
Parkway Drive

Best UK Breakthrough Band
Presented by Primordial Radio

Cold Years
Higher Power
Hot Milk
Lotus Eater
Nova Twins

Best International Breakthrough Band

The Hu
Jesus Piece
Simple Creatures
Stand Atlantic

Best Album Artwork

Baroness – Gold & Grey by John Dyer Baizley
Blood Incantation – Hidden History Of The Human Race by Bruce Pennington
Bring Me The Horizon – amo by Darren Oorloff
Cattle Decapitation – Death Atlas by Wes Benscoter
Korn – The Nothing by Tension Division
Rammstein – Rammstein by Jes Larson
Venom Prison – Samsara by Eliran Kantor

Best Video

Bring Me The Horizon – In The Dark (Directed by Oliver Sykes)
Creeper – Born Cold (Directed by Oscar Sansom)
Don Broco – Action (Directed by Benjamin Roberds)
Enter Shikari – Stop the Clocks (Directed by Polygon)
Poppy ft. Fever 333 – Scary Mask (Directed by Titanic Sinclair)
Rammstein – Deutschland (Directed by Specter Berlin)
Slipknot – Unsainted (Directed by Shawn Crahan)

Best Festival
Presented by Ticketmaster

2000 Trees
Bloodstock Open Air
Download Festival
Hellfest Open Air
Slam Dunk Festival

Best Photographer

Sarah Louise Bennett
Corinne Cumming
Paul Harries
Jennifer McCord
Jake Owens
Sabrina Ramdoyal
Ester Segarra

Best Producer

Carl Bown
Romesh Dodangoda
Greg Fidelman
Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood
Larry Hibbitt
George Lever
Catherine Marks




EMP and Allianz Musical Insurance Return for Heavy Music Awards 2020

Two long-term supporters of the Heavy Music Awards – EMP and Allianz Musical Insurance – have returned for the 2020 edition.

The partnership between the HMAs and both companies has become incredibly strong – this year will represent a combined six years of sponsorship of the awards by the two international powerhouses.

As one of the world’s leading merchandise retailers, EMP have become a staple of the heavy music scene, throwing their considerable weight behind some of the most exciting live events across Europe and once again proving their passion for this scene by supporting the HMAs.

Find out more about EMP right here.

“There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now”

This year Allianz Musical Insurance is celebrating the 60th anniversary of their musical insurance cover. They’re proud to have been providing cover for musicians of all types since 1960 – longer than any other insurer. They insure all kinds of musical instruments, equipment and accessories, and today insure over 70,000 musicians with over 357,000 instruments.

Clarice Goff, Marketing Manager for Allianz Musical Insurance, said, “We’re delighted to be returning to support the Heavy Music Awards again for a third year in 2020! We’re excited to keep expanding our focus into a growing contemporary market. There’s so much talent in the heavy music scene right now – both on stage and behind the scenes in the studio and we’re thrilled to be involved in recognising it.”

Find out more about Allianz Musical Insurance right here.

Primordial Radio Partner with HMA20 for Best UK Breakthrough Band

Acclaimed rock and metal station Primordial Radio has signed up as category sponsor for the Heavy Music Awards 2020, lending its support to Best UK Breakthrough Band.

Having made huge waves in the alternative music scene since their inception in 2017, the entirely ad-free station has built a community united by a love of music – in their own words “owned and built by the community it serves” – with a hugely passionate team catapulting the brand forward at an incredible rate.

Primordial Radio’s Pete Bailey said, “The parallels of values between Primordial Radio and the Heavy Music Awards has been getting stronger every year. We love their commitment to supporting new music and putting fans at the forefront of the decision-making process. It’s an honour for us to be a part of the HMAs 2020, see you in May!”

The HMAs’ Dave Bradley said, “We were so happy to have the Primordial team broadcasting from the HMAs in 2019 – with their very own Shorty even making a short term loan to our red carpet team for the evening – so it means the world to us that they would see fit to ramp up their involvement in the awards so significantly for 2020. This is a really exciting partnership which further underlines our commitment to pushing emerging artists to our extensive global audience.”

You can find out more about Primordial Radio – and get full, FREE access to the station for a whopping three months, right here.

PPL Returns as Official Music Licensing Partner for HMA20

Music licensing organisation PPL has returned for the Heavy Music Awards 2020, once again in the role of Official Music Licensing Partner.

Sarah Mitchell, Director of Member Services at PPL, said, “It is a pleasure to once again support The Heavy Music Awards. Rock music is a hugely influential genre and has been for decades, producing talented performers and artists who are supported by an equally talented wider industry. We are again looking forward to celebrating the significant contribution they make to UK music – not just those who may be shortlisted, but all those who help make the genre what it is today.

PPL has become increasingly important to the industry as it works tirelessly to collect money for tens of thousands of performers and record companies, and this partnership is geared towards helping those who may be missing out on what’s rightfully there’s by focusing on exactly what PPL does, and how.

Founded in 1934, the company licenses recorded music in the UK when it is played in public or broadcast and ensures that revenue flows back to its members. These include both independent and major record companies, together with performers ranging from emerging grassroots artists through to established session musicians and influential festival headliners.

Co-founder of the Heavy Music Awards, Andy Pritchard, said, “We are proud to be working alongside the great team at PPL for a fourth consecutive year. The work they do is so vital, it is a real honour to help spread the word on their behalf, to help artists and record labels recover funds that they didn’t know they were due. With our increased B2B focus for HMA20, we’ll be working hard to connect PPL with as many artists and their teams as we can across the heavy music landscape.”

Click here for more information about PPL.

BIMM Returns as Official Education Partner for HMA20

Europe’s largest provider of contemporary music education, the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) is set to return for a fourth year as the Official Education Partner of the the Heavy Music Awards.

The partnership will once again see students from BIMM taking an active role in the HMAs process – work experience at the Heavy Music Awards offices, working as part of the HMAs team at the event itself, and building their contacts through meetings with a host of individuals from all corners of the industry.

Leo Nicholas, BIMM’s Head of Industry Liaison and Careers, said, “BIMM Institute is proud to be the Education Partner of the Heavy Music Awards, supporting them for the fourth consecutive year. The benefits of our connection between our students and the awards over the years have been fantastic and we see these grow year on year.”

Heavy Music Awards co-founder Andy Pritchard said, “It means a huge amount to us that we are able to continue our partnership with BIMM. The students who have been part of the programme previously have brought a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm and ideas which have unquestionably shaped the HMAs – and we’re proud to say those students remain closely linked with the awards today.

“These students are already taking roles in the industry and will clearly go on to great things, so we’re excited to see what new ideas this year’s students can bring to the party, while offering them whatever help we can to find their path in music.”

Find out more about BIMM here.

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