The Metal Hammer Golden God Awards is the most prestigious awards event in metal and hard rock. Celebrated publication Metal Hammer Magazine honors countless figures in metal and hard rock for their contributions to heavy music and the underground genre. As well as honoring bands and musicians, the Golden God Awards honors independent labels and other industry figures for keeping heavy music alive. The 2016 Golden God Awards was hosted by Hatebreed’s Jamey Jasta.
The awards show itself was sold out at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith. With all of the proceeds, the awards show brought in, profits from the ticket sales went to the Heavy Metal Truants charity that supports Nordoff Robbins, Teenage Cancer Trust and Childline.
Throughout the last several months, Metal Hammer kept polls open for fans to cast their votes for nominations such as Best Underground Band and Dimebag Darrell Shredder, as well as several special nominees were chosen by the awards staff. There were several victories for rock and metal musicians on June 13. Notorious drummer Joey Jordison was voted The 2016 Golden God. Asking Alexandria won Best UK Band. Iron Maiden’s The Book of Souls won the Album of the Year. Swedish rockers Ghost won Best International Band. Rock legend Nikki Six won the Icon award. Thrash metal champions Anthrax won Inspiration. And American metal icons Lamb of God won Best Live Band.
As well as the awards, the Golden God Awards also had several impressive performances. The performers for this year were Halestorm, Gojira, and Amon Amarth.
To end the ceremony, there was a special segment called A Salute to Lemmy. One of the special performers, Saxon, played three of Lemmy’s favorite songs by the band. Then Saxon was joined by Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee to play “Ace of Spades” “Born to Raise Hell” and “Overkill.”
It was our first time at not only the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards, but also in Europe. Covering the awards show was exciting; it reminded us just how legendary and influential metal and rock music is to so many people. We also got a taste of the devoted and passionate metal scene Europe has to offer. In London, everyone we met was really nice and we connected with so many other metal fans. Not only was the Golden God Awards an opportunity to meet and connect with influential figures in metal and rock music, but it was also a chance for us to open our minds to the European metal industry.
The Age of Metal was able to be on the red carpet, interviewing guests such as members from Amon Amarth, Enslaved, Chthonic, Schammash, and Faith No More.