Alternative Press, a magazine dedicated to the appreciation of underground, alternative music, held their first annual awards show on Monday evening. The APMAs were truly unlike any awards show and felt like a positive experience overall for the community.The evening was hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink 182, rightfully, and was filled with performances, results and dedications, and a bit of debauchery.
The categories and winners were as follows:
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
Overall, the results seemed to depict what I had initially expected from the voting fans. The event being fan voted was the intention of the event. The slogan for the evening was “Your awards show. Your vote. Your night.” and though I appreciated this aspect, I felt as though it led some bands who deserved awards to get snubbed.
One band I wanted to see take an award home was Twenty One Pilots. The Ohio natives have blown up in the scene this past year with their album Vessel and deserved recognition.
Additionally, I wanted to see an award go to Paramore for their self-titled album because this album has truly redefined Paramore as a band and music in the scene entirely. I would have also liked A Day to Remember to take home an award for Common Courtesy. That being said though, I am very pleased that Bring Me the Horizon won for best album. Sempiternal was one album that has been in released in the past year that should complete artistic talent and individuality.
As for next year, I hope to see voting done differently so that it feels fair. I do like the idea of fans voting, but it leaves lots of room for bands that don’t promote enough or bands that have fans that aren’t as inclined to sit on their computers and vote all day.
That being said, I really enjoyed the APMAs and cannot wait to see how this awards show improves as time goes on. For this genre of music, this event is a positive and progressive movement.
What did you think of the APMAs? What do you want to see next year?