The music community has been buzzing about the first annual APMA's, especially now that they are done and over with. The Alternative Press Music Awards occured on July 21, 2014, and had performances from Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Sleeping With Sirens, Fall Out Boy, Yellowcard members, Asking Alexandria, and more. Awards were accepted, covers and original hits were performed and over all, it sounded like a great time.
In case you didn't get a chance to watch all the fun go down, Alternative Press has posted a bunch of highlight footage on their YouTube channel in a playlist, and the social media accounts for almost every nominee and performer were exploding with photographs and general nonsense as the festivities began.
Feel free to check out all the footage below.
The night was kicked off by the Contemporart Youth Orchestra playing a compilation of songs. All of which not songs you'd think would be picked for an orchestra featuring violins and harps would play.
1."Still Into You" - Paramore
2. "My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light 'Em Up)" - Fall Out Boy
3. "Shadow Moses" - Bring Me The Horizon
4. "Alone" - Sleeping With Sirens
5. "Alone" - Falling In Reverse
6. "A Love Like War" - All Time Low
Due to all the hype from bands and fans alike, '#APMAs' ended up being a trending topic on Facebook and Twitter. Below is a gallery of pictures taken revolving around the APMAs that have been found through Facebook and Twitter. Pictures came from all over, and were taken by all sorts of people, including professional photographers and band members alike. (Immortal Music owns nothing.)
Many more pictures can be found via every social media site, and Alternative Press shared some of their favorites from the night on their website.
Among incredible performances, and awards being given out, some honorable mentions needed to go out to some. Oli Sykes spoke out about a drug addiction he has over come, and took a moment to thank his fans because they unknowingly helped get him through a very dark time in his life. He did not want the public to know about this addiction while he was living with it, but decided to come clean about it at the APMAs. This too was recorded, and more information can be found here.
Andy Biersack, accepted the award for Most Dedicated Fans for Black Veil Brides and actually gave it away to a lucky fan. He was quoted saying, “I know that we are not always the most popular band to everyone, but to our fanbase, they have given us a chance to have a career, you’ve given us a chance to do anything—you’ve given me -a kid from Ohio- a chance to stand on this stage. So thank you so much to the BVB Army. Therefore, I feel that I should not be holding this. So I’d like to give this to one of you who’s a Black Veil Brides fan.”
The girl he chose to give it to, could not have looked more thrilled, as she was seen jumping up and down with a look of total shock on her face as he walked away. Andy had a valid point, its the fans that earned that award, because they're the ones that are entirely dedicated to their support.
This, for those interested is a list of every winner of each award for the evening.
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
With the success of the first APMAs in mind, surely that will mean next year will be the second APMAs.
Who would you like to see nominated for various things next year? Do you have thoughts on this year's APMAs. Leave your thoughts and comments either here or on Facebook.
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