Greetings, everyone! 2014 is over in the matter of hours, and the 2014 Immortal Music Awards are officially here! The process to find winners is now over, and the answers are up!
Just like every year, I have some things to say about it, and there are more answers that you guys did not see! Such as-
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Have you even read the results for the 2014 Immortal Music Awards? If you answered, 'no' to this question, then click right here to go read this year's results. If you don't, and just read on from here, you will have plenty of spoilers and probably will find yourself wondering what the hell we're talking about here. So, go on, go read it. We'll all wait here for you. While we're waiting for someone to read the actual results, now would be a good time to mention how awesome it is that this is the 3rd annual Immortal Music Awards. They didn't properly start until 2012, but they were attempted at in 2011. Last year worked wonders as well. Thank you for sticking around, and helping Immortal Music grow so this can keep happening. Here's to hoping that the Immortal Music Awards can happen for many years to come, and slowly grow into something much more eventful.
Now, we can discuss the results without someone being out of the loop, I hope. I stalled enough, so if someone didn't click away from the screen to go discover who won, well, they were warned.
There was a small chunk of diversity this year with the answers and frankly, that's awesome! It doesn't all have to be artists that are considered to be "different." They can be more popular 'mainstream' artists too, and can be all different genres. Music is Immortal, regardless of genre, and I'm proud of you guys for showing that off.
One of the biggest things I actually want to talk about is the fact that Jack Barakat won both the hottest male AND female in music. Surely someone is going to ask, and no, I did not rig that. I did not do anything, all answers were fully brought by you guys, and no one else. This is the second year in a row that Jack Barakat got nominated and won for the hottest female in music, and frankly -it amuses me to no end. The argument I had last year still stands -have you seen that man in a dress? He can rock a dress better than most women can, and that alone is impressive.
However, I am sort of surprised that Jack managed to beat out so many people, like Lzzy Hale, Taylor Momsen and Maria Brink. That just surprised me, I thought for sure Taylor Momsen was going to win, but she came in second. Either everyone has a sense of humor, or they have seen Jack in his maid costume and liked it. Perverts.
The hottest male didn't totally surprise me, though it did surprise me that the other answers that were given to me more than once did not come closer to winning. Gerard Way and Andy Biersack paled in comparison to Jack when the votes came in -and that surprised me. It also was rather cool because while people were still suggesting people, some unexpected answers were given. Such as Nial Horan of One Direction and country artist, Luke Bryan. It was nice to see the diveristy, even if it was highly unexpected. Other answers given were Tyler Carter, Ashley Purdy, Oli Sykes, Vic Fuentes, Adam Gontier, Austin Carlile, Alex Gaskarth and every male in Tonight Alive.
The first few questions that were asked all were looking forward to the new year, and I wasn't surprised by most of them at all. Especially not that My Chemical Romance was thrown in there, but that's a whole other topic. What did surprise me was the fact that Neil Young was thrown into the mix, it was just unexpected. As I said earlier, the diversity you guys gave me this year, made me very happy. The first question asked who you would like to see more content from in the new year.
Personally, I really would like to see Adam Goniter finally release his solo stuff that he is working on. I also am really looking forward to hearing the new things from Breaking Benjamin and ex Sick Puppies singer, Shimon Moore.
As for who I'd like to see tour more, I want to say Shinedown, All TIme Low, Adam Gontier, and Pierce The Veil. Despite the fact that I have seen all of them before, they all put on great shows that I would like to see again. I also would not mind seeing Simple Plan tour some more either.
The album I am most excited for is Papa Roach's album, 'F.E.A.R' which comes out January 27. I definitely plan on going and getting it the day it comes out, as the tracks they ahve already released suck me in. They speak volumes to me, and surely the rest of the album will as well. I also really am looking forward to the new releases from Shinedown, All Time Low and Art of Dying as well.
The favorite bands for the year that you guys decided on were All Time Low and Tonight Alive. Normally, I'd agree with the All Time Low statement, but I actually think I want to say A Day To Remember is my favorite band from 2014. For reasons I cannot explain, I have found myself listening to them more than ever. "All I Want" has made more sense to me this year than it ever did before, and it just expresses something I always am feeling. A lot of their songs from What Separates Me From You and Common Courtesy sit well with me, so that probably has a lot to do with it.
The favorite album you guys chose was Reincarnate by Motionless In White, but personally, I would go with Stuck by Adelitas Way. I actually got an advanced copy of it to review from their press person and loved it. Loved it enough that I had most of it memorized before its actual release date.
The best guitarist, in my eyes was Zach Myers of Shinedown. He's an incredible musician, and an absolute sweetheart. Its also thanks to him that something rather big happened for Immortal Music. If you don't know what I'm talking about, click here. I wrote a 2014 Recap blog, for anyone who may be interested.
The best bassist for me, is Zack Merrick of All Time Low.
I do agree with the choice you guys made for the best singer, which is Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low. I also want to give Brent Smith and Jacoby Shaddix some credit too. Those three are my favorites, so of course I was going to say them. They are very talented and their lyrics speak volumes to me.
For the favorite drummer, I want to go with Robert Ortiz of Escape The Fate. Mostly for reasons directly involving him. Again, for details, reference the recap blog.
The best lyric of 2014 is hard to determine, but one of my favorites came from "Warriors" by Papa Roach. "So shine your light, push your enemy back. When you're under attack, we'll protect you." It just was one of lyrics that I felt perfectly depicts what music does for people.
Now to comment on the underrated bands. First I want to say, I was so happy by the fact that so many of you answered! 73 bands were named, and two people actually named the one I manage, Remedy X. I did not do that at all! I told you guys to talk up any underrated band you knew of, including your own bands and boy, did you do it! I personally have several I want to give some credit. Here's my list;
Sunshine And Bullets, Remedy X, Love In War, Nine Mile Drive, The Last Sleepless City, Sons Of Reverly, Black Jacket, I Woke Up Early For My Funeral, Bargain Bin Heroes, Us Ghosts, Stellar Kart, and more! Those are the main ones though. All are incredibly talented, and deserve more love.
Now for the final question -the best music video of 2014. When I came up with this question, I was racking my own brain, trying to remember what videos I have seen this year! I know I've seen many, yet somehow -I totally drew a blank. Then I looked back and decided I want to go with End Of Me by A Day To Remember. They worked very hard on that and did a wonderful job. It impressed me a lot. It was a very touching video, and if you haven't seen it, I recommend it.
I don't think I have anything else to say revolving around the 2014 Immortal Music Awards, so I will end it here! Thank you so much for participating, it means so much to me. I appreciate it a lot! Also, can anyone think of any other questions to ask for next year's awards? Let me know! I'd like to add something for next year, I am just not sure what!
Speaking of next year, be on the look out in the next few days for a 2015 goals and resolutions blog! I have a lot planned for the new year. This has been one hell of a year, and I couldn't think of a better way to end it. Ending it with the third annual Immortal Music awards, and a show with a friend's band on New Years eve. Doesn't get much better than that! Happy new year, everyone!
"Here's to the nights that'll change your whole life. Here's to the times you go and give them hell." -Different Kind Of Animal, Adelitas Way.
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