Last night were the third annual Alternative Press Music Awards, and it completely dominated the internet. Just in the years prior to this one, fans got the tag #APMAs to trend world wide on Facebook and Twitter, and everyone enjoyed watching the Awards as they unfolded.
Not only did they have a ton of support from excited fans, but the Mayor of Columbus, Andrew Ginther officially proclaimed July 18 to be APMAs Day in the city! That's such an honor, and I'm sure they're extremely thrilled to experience that.
There was a lot going on, from seeing your favorites win awards for things like Best Drummer, Best Music Video, and more, you also got to see some unexpected performances like Papa Roach perform with Tonight Alive's Jenna McDougal. Something else special was they had fans picking between the two hosts, Jack Barakat and Alex Gaskarth, both of All Time Low, to see who was a more suitable candidate for the APMA President.
Last night, thousands of fans gathered at the Schottenstein Center, which is located on the campus for Ohio State University, just for the sake of music. Even more watched as it streamed through Amazon Music and Twitch. Unfortunately, due to internet issues, Immortal Music did not get to watch any of the events, but rest assured. If any of you, like us, missed out, AP has already uploaded some of the events to their YouTube Channel, and is going to be available for streaming in full on Amazon until 7pm on July 20.
Last night held a lot of great and very unique performances, such as A Day To Remember and Creed's frontman, Scott Stapp to play "Higher", which is by Creed. Rob Halford of Judas Priest joined Babymetal on stage to perform "Breaking The Law" and "Pain Killer." Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides performed with John Feldmann of Goldfinger, former member of The Used, and current member of VavaWave, Quinn Allman, Mikey Way of My Chemical Romance and Electric Century, to perform. And so did many, many more. Originals and covers were being played in 0ne-of-a-kind ways just for the love and fun of music.
Then came the main event -the Awards! If you don't wish to have spoilers, please stop reading at this point and go watch the Awards for yourself. If you're more than happy to just read about it, or have already watched and just want to recap, please read on!
ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: Twenty One Pilots
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Journeys: Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots
SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph Records: "Hallelujah," Panic! At The Disco
BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: "Emperor's New Clothes," Panic! At The Disco
BEST VOCALIST presented by Sharptone Records: Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy
BEST GUITARIST presented by PRS Guitars: Jack Fowler, Sleeping With Sirens
BEST BASSIST presented by Razor & Tie: Skyler Acord, Issues
BEST DRUMMER presented by DW Drums: Christian Coma, Black Veil Brides
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Audio Technica: Neck Deep
BEST UNDERGROUND BAND presented by Entertainment One: Too Close To Touch
BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records: State Champs
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by Joey Sturgis Tones: You Me At Six
ARTIST PHILANTHROPIC presented by Sub City/Take Action:
Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red for HeartSupport
MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by Fearless Records: The Ghost Inside
ICON AWARD presented by Equal Vision Records/MerchNow!: Marilyn Manson
OFF THE WALL AWARD presented by Vans: Yellowcard
CLASSIC ALBUM AWARD presented by Eleven Seven Music: Good Charlotte forThe Young And The Hopeless
Oh, we almost forgot....Jack Barakat was voted to be the APMA President. Can we have this man as the nations president too? Free burritos and hugs for all is what we would get with Jack -sounds good to me.
What do you think of the performances and the winners? Would you have changed anything or are you completely happy with how it played out? Let us know, and be on the look out because the Immortal Music Awards are just around the corner.
These are just some of the happenings in the music world. There will always be something that Immortal Music did not cover, but here are just some events.