FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY Makes Triumphant Return to Cleveland for its Fourth Year
#APMAs Trends Worldwide on Twitter and Facebook for Fourth Consecutive Year, Reaching #1 Overall on Twitter and #1 Overall Broadcast on Twitch
CLEVELAND, OH – The 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards Fueled By Monster celebrated its fourth year with a stellar lineup of presenters, an array of spirited performances and the evidence that rock music in all its myriad sounds and subcultures remains as vibrant as ever. This year’s APMAs took place (July 17, 2017) in the venerable KeyBank State Theatre, located in Cleveland’s renowned theater district, where a capacity crowd immersed themselves in a genuine award show setting, with the venue’s magnificent features further heightening the excitement of the evening. In addition to the joy felt by those experiencing the show in the intimate setting of the State, the excitement went international via a worldwide broadcast via Amazon Music and Twitch.
Hosted by Black Veil Brides and Andy Black frontman Andy Biersack, APMAs v.4 was a feast for the eyes and ears of those tuning in. Starting with a high-spirited version of “Good Time” by All Time Low (whose wisecracking guitarists Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat emceed the show’s two previous years), the event went straight vertical from there, powered by an array of inspired performances. This year’s selection of once-in-a-lifetime collaborations were Japanese rock ambassadors ONE OK ROCK teaming up with Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann on”I Was King”; New Years Day-led by AP‘s sultry red carpet co-host Ash Costello-showed that sisters were doing it for themselves with some help from Halestormfrontwoman Lzzy Hale on a cover of “Only Happy When It Rains” by alt-rock icons Garbage. Fearless Records’ Punk Goes… series came to life when Grayscale performed a cover of Justin Bieber (“Love Yourself”) before enlisting State Champs’ Derek DiScanio to rock out Sean Mendez’ “Stitches.” Plain White T’s performed a dialed-down acoustic version of their 2005 hit “Hey There, Delilah,” while metal mavericks Nothing More also left their amps off for a compelling three-song set that included “Go To War,” “This Is The First Time (Ballast),” and a compelling version of Skrillex’s “First Of The Year.” Things heated up once again when The Pretty Reckless threw some fire with “Hangman”; Pierce The Veil delivered a rousing performance of “Circles,” as well as a stirring cover of Soundgarden’s “Black Hole Sun”; brooding rockers Starset captivated the crowd with “Satellite”; and Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness visited “Cecilia And The Satellite” and other moments in his career from his days in Something Corporate (“I Woke Up In A Car”) and Jack’s Mannequin (“Dark Blue”). Wiseguy savants Waterparks essentially wrote pop-punk’s next chapter with “Stupid For You,” Dance Gavin Dance revved up the crowd with “Betrayed By The Game,” while Sleeping With Sirens enlisted a youth choir to perform “Legends,” the first single from their impending album.”
The Pretty Reckless, winners of Best Hard Rock Band, at the 2017 APMAs
See below for the full list of all the APMAs 2017 award winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: PANIC! AT THE DISCO
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Journeys: Misadventures, PIERCE THE VEIL
SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph Records: ANDY BLACK, “We Don’t Have To Dance”
BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: STATE CHAMPS, “Losing Myself”
BEST NEW ARTIST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: WITH CONFIDENCE, “Voldemort”
BEST VOCALIST Lynn Gunn, PVRIS
BEST GUITARIST presented by PRS Guitars: Jordan Buckley, EVERY TIME I DIE
BEST BASSIST: Fieldy Arvizu, KORN
BEST DRUMMER presented by Guitar Center, Remo and SJC Drums: Frank Zummo, SUM 41
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eleven Seven Music: FALLING IN REVERSE
BEST HARD ROCK BAND presented by Metal Blade Records and Blacklight Media: THE PRETTY RECKLESS
BEST UNDERGROUND BAND: SILENT PLANET
DEDICATED FANBASE presented by Fearless Records: TWENTY ONE PILOTS
HONORARY AWARDS: ICON AWARD presented by Laura Jane Grace, AGAINST ME!THE
INFLUENCER AWARD: JOHN FELDMANN
VANGUARD AWARD: KORN
PHILANTHROPIC GRANT presented by Sub City/Hopeless Records: Cassie Wilson of Half Access, presented by Dan Campbell of the Wonder Years.
Alternative Press acknowledges the awesome city of Cleveland for its support of its fourth annual award show. We are grateful for the immeasurable kindness and support from all the local companies, city organizations and music fans who attended. AP is proud to call Cleveland home, and it is committed to strengthening the city’s reputation as the rock capitol of the world.
The APMAs is produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Allyson Vecchione and Amber Funk.
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