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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 return in 2018 with a full programme across the calendar year which will shine an even brighter light on the heavy music scene’s incredible talent both on and off stage.

Earlier this year, the inaugural HMAs received almost 100,000 votes from the public and crowned its first winners in August – Architects (Best Album), Enter Shikari (Best Live Band), Ghost (Best Album Artwork), Black Sabbath (Best UK Band), Gojira (Best International Band), I Prevail (Best Breakthrough Band), O2 Academy Brixton (Best Venue), Ben Gibson (Best Photographer), Download Festival (Best Festival), and Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd (Best Producer).

We’re not giving the whole game away just yet, but we can reveal HMA18 will once again take place in London on Thursday 23 August 2018, with a number of additional announcements due in the coming months.

New Categories

We’ve also given the categories a little reworking to underline our philosophy of giving exposure to up-and-coming artists alongside the established heavyweights. With that in mind, we’ve split the Best Breakthrough Band category in two – to create Best UK Breakthrough Band and Best International Breakthrough Band.

In addition, with more and more festival goers travelling abroad, we have opened nominations for Best Festival to the whole world.

We’ll be back with more announcements very, very soon.

Heavy Music Awards 2017

Creeper headlined HMA17 at House of Vans London

 


 

Sponsorship Opportunities

If you’re interested in sponsorship opportunities for HMA18, please email team@heavymusicawards.com or call 01277 356200.

Best International Band Sponsored By PPL

Music licensing company PPL has been announced as the sponsor of the Best International Band category at the Heavy Music Awards 2017.

A Day To Remember, Beartooth, Deftones, Every Time I Die, Ghost, Gojira and Metallica are challenging for the accolade, which will be decided by public vote.

The award will be presented by PPL on stage at House of Vans London on August 24.

Speaking about the HMAs, Peter Leathem, Chief Executive of PPL said: “We are delighted to support the Heavy Music Awards this year.

“Metal and all heavier forms of music are important to PPL, and it is a genre which has experienced unwavering loyalty from its fans for many decades.

“We look forward to celebrating the scene’s achievements on August 24.”

Founded in 1934, PPL collects money for tens of thousands of performers and record labels.

The organisation 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: “I struggle to think of anything more important in modern music than ensuring that emerging artists are rewarded for their work.

“PPL is such an important organisation in many ways and we are thrilled to welcome them to the Heavy Music Awards.”

PPL is separate to PRS for Music, a company which collects and distributes money on behalf of songwriters, composers and music publishers, for the use of their musical compositions and lyrics.

Click PPL for more information

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