On June 11th, 2015 the 22nd Kerrang! Rock live music awards show got underway. However, this year was the first year the public and fans of the Rock scene, old and new had the opportunity to attend the awards.
Kerrang! made the effort to incorporate all members associated with the current rock scene. In an era becoming saturated with various sub-genres, it was a comforting reminder to recognise those from previous scenes. It’s not about passing on the torch but keeping it alight, with sponsorship from Relentless Energy and Sea Shepherd making it all possible.
On the afternoon of the award show, the black carpet was laid out outside the Troxy for the guests of honour, and barriers put in place to give admirers the chance to see their idols up close. Those lucky enough to be attending were given their “fan” wristbands and promptly shown to their seats.
On entering the venue, all were greeted with eerie music and the stage resembling a safe zone amidst a zombie apocalypse with a table of jagged K’s doubling as not only the award but also as the only weapon of defence against potential zombie hoards.
As the night’s presenters Andrew W.K and Benji Webbe took to the stage, the crowd, fans, and nominees alike erupted in applause and cheers. The anticipation grew as each category was announced and an award presented to the deserving talents.
The perfect amount of suspense created between each reminder of the nominees and the announcement of the winner kept each member of the audience on their toes. Not only were the winners of the awards surprised but there was also a shock visit all the way from Japan; Babymetal! They claiming the award for ‘Spirit of Independence’.
As artist after artist graced the stage to claim their awards, a spine-chilling alarm echoed through the venue, reminiscent of apocalyptic siren. In seconds, the crowd became aware of the previous warning given at the beginning of the night, there was a high risk of zombies breaking free and shuffling through the audience.
The crowd in the upper circle looked on as their favourite musicians were greeted by a tidal wave of the undead, the organisers regained control of the visitors and shepherded them safely behind a wire enclosure, with minimal casualties.
As the table of K’s continued to deplete, there was a resounding acknowledgement of the night coming to a close. Two awards presented towards the end of the ceremony were not voted by the public, but were in no doubt the only logical winners of said awards.
The great Alice Cooper collected the award for the ‘Kerrang! Legend’ and the weird and wonderful Marilyn Manson collected the ‘Life Time Achievement’ award. Both winners were reminiscing on their first encounters with Kerrang! over the many years it’s been in circulation and respecting the growth and changes they have witnessed in the scene.
To see the Best British Newcomer and a rock legend be together in one awards show, attests to the true communal spirit of rock music. Not only this, but it is also inspirational for the next generation to see those risk takers achieve what appears unachievable.
The Kerrang! awards organisers allowed the perfect level of interaction between fan and musician, in the hosting of pre and post-award parties which various band members attended, but also in allowing people to wait outside the venue in hopes of catching them entering or leaving. The opportunity to share the night with the artists is what made it such a success and enjoyable for fan and musician alike.
Kerrang! Award Winners.
BEST EVENT (Presented by Zombie Evacuation)
All Time Low/You Me At Six co-headline tour
BEST BRITISH NEWCOMER (Presented by Killer Queen Vodka)
BEST INTERNATIONAL NEWCOMER (Presented by Sea Shepherd)
KERRANG! INSPIRATION AWARD (Presented by Strongbow)
BEST SINGLE (Presented by Kerrang! Radio)
Enter Shikari – Anaesthetist
BEST VIDEO (Presented by Kerrang! TV)
New Years Day – Angel Eyes (feat. Chris Motionless)
BEST LIVE BAND (Presented by Relentless)
Black Veil Brides
THE RELENTLESS AWARD (Presented by Relentless)
BEST ALBUM (Presented by Zippo)
Marmozets – The Weird And Wonderful Marmozets
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND (Presented by Jack Daniels)
All Time Low
BEST BRITISH BAND (Presented by Troxy)
Bring Me The Horizon
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (Presented by Planet Rock)
THE SPIRIT OF INDEPENDENCE AWARD
THE SPIRIT OF PUNK AWARD
Pierce The Veil
Guardians Of The Galaxy
BEST TV SHOW
BEST RADIO SHOW
Nights With Alice Cooper – Planet Rock
BEST VIDEO GAME
The Walking Dead
BEST COMIC BOOK
The Walking Dead – Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard
TWEETER OF THE YEAR
Hayley Williams, Paramore