Heavy Music Awards 2019 Winners Announced

The winners of the third annual Heavy Music Awards have been announced at a packed O2 Forum Kentish Town, hosted by Laura Jane Grace alongside live performances by Cancer Bats, Loathe, Nova Twins and Delaire The Liar.

Following wins at both HMA17 and HMA18, Architects continued their run with two awards here – the first time any winner has picked up multiple awards at the same HMAs. The Brighton act picked up Best Album for ‘Holy Hell’, as well as Best Live Band.

Australian heavyweights Parkway Drive picked up Best International Band, capping off a summer that saw them smash a headline performance at first-time Best Festival winners Bloodstock Open Air.

Elsewhere, Best UK Band was taken out by Bring Me The Horizon in the year they topped the All Points East line-up and celebrated a number one album in ‘amo’, while Dream State picked up Best UK Breakthrough Band.

HMA18 headliners Fever 333 won Best International Breakthrough Band, Ghost won Best Album Artwork for the second time in three years thanks to Zbigniew M. Bielak’s work on ‘Prequelle’, legendary snapper Paul Harries won Best Photographer, and Dan Weller picked up Best Producer.

Finally, the hugely popular Dixon family received The H for their services to the heavy music scene. The family are revered on the live circuit for selflessly offering accommodation to bands touring the north east for many years.



Heavy Music Awards 2019: The Winners

Best AlbumPresented by EMP
Architects – Holy Hell
Epitaph Records, Produced by Josh Middleton and Dan Searle

Best UK Band – Presented by Spotify
Bring Me The Horizon
RCA Records

Best International BandPresented by The Pit
Parkway Drive
Epitaph Records

Best Live BandPresented by O2 Forum Kentish Town
Epitaph Records

Best UK Breakthrough BandPresented by Believe
Dream State

Best International Breakthrough BandPresented by Fireball
Fever 333
Roadrunner Records

Best Festival
Bloodstock Open Air

Best Photographer
Paul Harries

Best ProducerPresented by Allianz Musical Insurance
Dan Weller

The H
The Dixon Family



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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 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)

Ashley Maile

BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
Black Sabbath


BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
Enter Shikari

BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
I Prevail

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
Ben Gibson

BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars
Download Festival

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.

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