Inaugural Gibson Brands Alternative Press Music Awards

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Last night, July 21st, the inaugural Gibson Brands Alternative Press Music Awards (APMA) was held in Cleveland, Ohio, at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum. The event was hosted by Blink-182‘s Mark Hoppus and broadcast live by AXS TV. There were 6,000 in attendance and held a Twitter trend for roughly five hours.

Honestly, after reading the list of guests, performers, and award winners, the APMAs seem really lame. Of course, with the exception of Slash, Joe Perry, the Misfits, and Joan Jett, this is a must-skip event for us here at Yell! Magazine. The award winners are laughable.

The APMA event featured an appearance from Aerosmith’s Joe Perry, who presented the Guitar “Legend” Award to Slash. As well, the event featured a bevy of performances, such as a salute to Frank Sinatra led by Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco with Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra, Falling In Reverse with Coolio and Tyler Carter of Issues performing the rapper’s hit song “Gangsta’s Paradise,” Asking Alexandria performing Duran Duran’s chart-topping hit “Hungry Like The Wolf” with special guest Jonathan Davis of Korn, the Misfits performing “Dig Up Her Bones,” “Die Die My Darling,” and “We Are 138” with Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts performing “Bad Reputation” with Billy Crooked of the Vacancies, “Soulmates To Strangers” with Against Me!’s Laura Jane Grace, and a show-stopping cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Star Star” (“Starfucker”) with Slash. In addition, All Time Low brought up special guests in the form of Yellowcard, New Found Glory, and Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil for a groundbreaking all-star medley, including a performance of Song Of The Year winner, “A Love Like War.”

The show also featured performances by Fall Out Boy with the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of their hit single “The Phoenix”, Body Count feat. Ice-T performing “Talk Shit = Get Shot” and “There Goes The Neighborhood,” Sleeping With Sirens performing their hit song “Alone” with special guest Machine Gun Kelly, twenty one pilots with Michael Bohn of Issues and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra performing their hit single “Car Radio,” Machine Gun Kelly and the Contemporary Youth Orchestra on his hit single “See My Tears,” and A Day To Remember performing their hit track “City Of Ocala” with Neck Deep.

The following is a full list of all APMA award winners:

  • Best Vocalist presented by Victory Records – Brendon Urie, Panic! At The Disco
  • Best Live Band presented by Vans Warped Tour – Pierce The Veil
  • Breakthrough Band presented by Beats Music – Crown The Empire
  • Best Bassist presented by Dyin 2 Live – Jaime Preciado, Pierce The Veil
  • Best International Band presented by Zepeda Brothers Productions – Bring Me The Horizon
  • Artist Philanthropic Award presented by Sub City/Take Action – All Time Low
  • Best Guitarist presented by Gibson – Phil Manansala, Of Mice & Men
  • Vanguard Award presented by AXS TV – Billy Corgan
  • Best Drummer presented by DW Drums – Mike Fuentes, Pierce The Veil
  • Icon Award presented by Blackstar Amplification – Joan Jett
  • Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records – Black Veil Brides
  • Guitar Legend Award presented by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Slash
  • Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records – “All Time Low” w/Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil
  • Album Of The Year presented by Journeys – Bring Me The Horizon, Sempiternal
  • Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy – Fall Out Boy

Additional appearances were made by Billy Corgan, Laura Jane Grace, Ice T and Body Count, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 inductee Slash, as well as members of Attlia, Bayside, Beartooth, Chiodos, Crown The Empire, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Emmure, Every Time I Die, I See Stars, Issues, Korn, Less Than Jake, letlive, the Maine, Mayday Parade, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Saves The Day, Silverstein, Sleepwave, Suicide Silence, We Are The In Crowd, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive, and Yellowcard.

Check out official videos and media from the APMAs at: www.altpress.com

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