Loudwire Music Awards–the ultimate rock n’ roll award ceremony and concert–has announced that Dave Mustaine (Megadeth), will perform alongside previously announced artists Anthrax, Nothing More, Ice-T & Body Count, Halestrom, Starset, Power Trip and a special guest performance from Rob Halford of Judas Priest. Tickets for the rock ‘n’ roll concert event on Tuesday, October 24 at The Novo in downtown Los Angeles are on-sale now at

In addition, Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and longtime Van Halen frontman, Sammy Hagar will be honored for his charitable efforts with The Hagar Family Foundation. “It’s always exciting to receive an award. But this one is extra special,” says the “Red Rocker” Sammy Hagar. “To be recognized for something you truly love doing and in front of an audience of your peers, doesn’t get any better than that!” The Hagar Family Foundation–created by Sammy and his wife Kari Hagar–is a private non-profit which puts their community philosophy towards giving into action by eliminating the red tape in getting funds and food quickly into the hands of the people and charities in need. “We look for things that are grassroots,” explains Hagar. “We want to give a dollar to somebody and have it go right in their pocket or put food on their table.” Since the launch of their foundation in 2008, they’ve given away almost $4 million.

Confirmed presenters so far for Loudwire Music Awards include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Rex Brown, Brendon Small, Brian Posehn, and members of As Lions, August Burns Red, Avatar, Beartooth, Bloodclot, Butcher Babies, Crown the Empire, Ded, Demon Hunter, Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Ice Nine Kills, Huntress, LA Guns, New Years Day, Of Mice & Men, Pop Evil, PowerFlo, Prayers, Quiet Riot, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, Steel Panther, Stitched Up Heart, Sum 41, Sylar, Wage War and many more to be announced.

Voting for the awards is now open until October 2nd. readers are able to vote in multiple awards categories, including Album and Artist of the Year at

Following are the categories and nominees for the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards:

Hard Rock Artist Of The Year presented by Frontiers Records:

* In This Moment
* Korn
* Papa Roach
* Pretty Reckless
* Starset
* Stone Sour

Metal Artist Of The Year:

* Avenged Sevenfold
* Body Count
* Code Orange
* Mastodon
* Metallica
* Power Trip

Hard Rock Album Of The Year:

* At The Drive In “In*Ter * A*Li*A”
* Highly Suspect “The Boy Who Died Wolf”
* Papa Roach “Crooked Teeth”
* Royal Thunder “WICK”
* Starset “Vessels”
* Stone Sour “Hydrograd”

Metal Album Of The Year presented by Razor & Tie:

* Avenged Sevenfold “The Stage”
* Body Count “Bloodlust”
* Code Orange “Forever”
* Mastodon “Emperor of Sand”
* Metallica “Hardwired…To Self-Destruct”
* Power Trip “Nightmare Logic”

Hard Rock Song Of The Year presented by Apple Music:

* Foo Fighters “Run”
* Fozzy “Judas”
* I Prevail “Alone”
* Nothing More “Go To War”
* Of Mice & Men “Unbreakable”
* Starset “Monster”

Metal Song Of The Year presented by Apple Music:

* Body Count “No Lives Matter”
* DragonForce “Ashes of the Dawn”
* Municipal Waste “Amateur Sketch”
* Obituary “Sentence Day”
* Pallbearer “I Saw The End”
* Power Trip “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”

Best Live Band presented by eONE:

* Amon Amarth
* Anthrax
* Behemoth
* The Dillinger Escape Plan
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* Iron Maiden

Most Dedicated Fans presented by BMG/Rise:

* Babymetal
* Blink-182
* Halestorm
* I Prevail
* Iron Maiden
* Rammstein

Breakthrough Band presented by Apple Music:

* Avatar
* Beartooth
* Bloodclot
* Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
* King Woman
* Royal Thunder

Best New Artist presented by Century Media:

* Black Map
* Cover Your Tracks
* Ded
* Gone Is Gone
* Greta Van Fleet
* Zeal & Ardor

Best Vocalist presented by Fearless Records:

* Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
* Maria Brink, In This Moment
* Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden
* Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge
* MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder
* Corey Taylor, Stone Sour

Best Guitarist:

* Tosin Abasi. Animals As Leaders
* Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
* Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
* Dave Mustaine & Kiko Loureiro – Megadeth
* Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge
* Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath

Best Drummer:

* Charlie Benante, Anthrax
* Brann Dailor, Mastodon
* Mario Duplantier, Gojira
* Tomas Haake, Meshuggah
* Matt Greiner, August Burns Red
* Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah

Best Bassist presented by Indigo Hotels:

* Frank Bello, Anthrax
* Derek Boyer, Suffocation
* Rex Brown, Rex Brown
* Matt Freeman, Rancid
* Steve Harris, Iron Maiden
* Mike Kerr, Royal Blood

Previously announced:

The Corage Award – Tony Iommi
The Lemmy Award presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment – Rob Halford of Judas Priest

WWE superstar Chris Jericho will serve as host for the first-ever Loudwire Music Awards ceremony and concert with the GRAMMY Award-winning Rob Halford of Judas Priest receiving the “Lemmy Lifetime Achievement Award”– named in honor of late Mot√∂rheadfrontman Lemmy Kilmister. Halford will join Black Sabbath guitarist and fellow heavy metal icon, Tony Iommi–who will be presented with the “Courage Award,” which recognizes not only his unparalleled musical output, but his absolute bravery in his battle with cancer.

5 Responses

  1. Cool, good for Sammy! Hagar has always had a big heart, he deserves this award, as does Kari. GIVE TO LIVE! Absolutely. Congrats to Sammy & Kari, keep up the great work. Cheers!

  2. Congrats to the Hagar family for much deserved recognition for their philanthropic efforts. Nice to see non music contributions of a musician being acknowledged with an award.

    So will Mustaine be performing by himself, without Megadeth, as a solo act? Regardless, I view Mustaine as THE pioneer of thrash metal. When he was in Metallica, he created the attitude, the complex riffs, and stage presence that embody thrash metal. He helped “kick off” Metallica to stardom. And, personally, I think Rust in Peace is a better album/collection of songs compared to anything released by Metallica…and I love Master of Puppets!

  3. Hard Rock Artist: Korn
    Metal Artist: Code Orange – just total cro magnon rock
    Hard Rock Album of the Year: Stone Sour-Hydrograd
    Metal Album of the Year: Metallica-Hardwired to Self Destruct
    Hard Rock Song of the Year: None of ’em..but Of Mice and Men-Unbreakable by default
    Metal Song of the Year: Powertrip-Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)!!
    Best Live Band: Anthrax
    Most Dedicated Fans: Slayer’s should be up there, and they will try and ruin whatever good time you’re having…they are a different breed, and it’s not good…..but, Iron Maiden
    Breakthrough Band: I would’ve liked to have have seen Failure Anthem up there….can’t say.
    Best New Artist: /
    Best Vocalist: Myles Kennedy
    Best Guitarist: not much competition..Zakk Wylde
    Best Drummer: Charlie Benante
    Best Bassist: Steve Harris

    I take Metallica over ‘Deth because they are a much better live act; chemistry, ‘Deth has no chemistry…Dave is a gifted tune smith but his composition is not very musical at times; (compare his with Yngwie’s, for example). Metallica’s songs are just better put together (if you ask me).

  4. Flying down for this one. Got my tickets when they first came out (big Iommi fan) and glad I did. This awards ceremony keeps getting better and better as time goes on. First I have the Afterrshock festival in sacramento 10/21-10/22 then flying to L.A on the 23rd, awards 24th flying back home on 25th. I`m going to be acting like freaking Joe Cocker when its all over,lol. Anybody else going?

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