A Night At The Kerrang! Awards
Having only just recovered from the night, here’s lowdown of what was an epic night at the 2016 Kerrang! Awards, an evening of booze, glam and rock ‘n’ roll.
We were lucky enough to be given VIP gold wristbands for the awards ceremony and gig that took place on June 9th at The Troxy in London. Passing numerous fans we made our way to the front door and anxiously gave our names, hoping they were on the list and we wouldn’t be turned away red faced.
Luckily, there our names were and after the gold band was on we entered Rock Nirvana. I would like to say I have always been a fan of the alternative, brought up on sabbath or something like that, but in reality I was a bit of a chart bopper and only listened to pop until I was about 15, which is when Teenagers by My Chemical Romance converted me, not even ashamed. My taste has since moved to heavier rock and metal, but anyway, walking through the lobby and spying the staging was incredible, and before I managed to get into the room the whole of A Day To Remember walked past and said ‘welcome to the Kerrang! awards’, safe to say the 15 year old me was squealing inside.
Going through to the main room we were greeted with free alcohol (starting to see why I’ve only just recovered?!). It was almost like a Where’s Wally (Waldo if you’re from the US) of rock royalty, but obviously you had to act cool and like you belonged there.
The awards theme this year was the spirit world, with the design being based around a Ouija board. The hosts for the evening were Skindred frontman Benji Webbe and The Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins, a bit of an odd combo but it was alright.
Instead of a boring play by play here are the winners:
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD: Deftones
KERRANG! LEGEND: Iron Maiden
KERRANG! HERO: Thin Lizzy
THE ICON AWARD: blink-182
SPIRIT OF PUNK: Frank Carter
BEST EVENT: You Me At Six – The Ghost Inside Benefit Show
BEST BRITISH BAND: Asking Alexandria
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER: Creeper
BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER: Cane Hill
BEST TRACK: All Time Low – Missing You
BEST LIVE BAND: BABYMETAL
BEST ALBUM: No Devotion – Permanence
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND: A Day To Remember
BEST FANBASE: twenty one pilots
BEST FILM: Deadpool
BEST TV SHOW: Making A Murderer
BEST RADIO SHOW: Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock
BEST VIDEO GAME: Rise Of The Tomb Raider
BEST COMICBOOK: The Wicked + The Divine
BEST FESTIVAL: Bloodstock
BEST COMEDIAN: Amy Schumer
TWEETER OF THE YEAR: Hayley Williams
It was the first time I’d seen BABYMETAL and they were bloody adorable, they came dressed in gothic lolita-esque outfits, pigtails and all. The weirdest thing, however, was an appearance by Bernie Clifton, no I hadn’t heard of him either but this 80’s has been rocked up on some puppet ostrich and presented an award like he was destined to be at the Kerrang! awards. After some research, it turns out that there was a printing mishap with his cover album a little while ago which meant the back of his album featured the song list of a death metal band instead of his own. Doh!
After the show, for the first time in Kerrang! Awards history, there was a live performance by Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember.
I won’t lie the gig is a little hazy, as a lot of the bands came up to the balcony while fans poured onto the floor for the gig I spent a lot of time circling like a shark looking for people to shamelessly have a photo with, although the lighting was TERRIBLE, also the alcohol was definitely flowing…
From what I remember though, emos moshed to Asking Alexandria and A Day To Remember nailed it.
Aside from an embarrassingly long ride home, having missed our stop on the train TWICE due to falling asleep on the train and then having to get a taxi, we finally made it home at 6am. What a night!