2017 Alternative Press Music Awards nominees announced

 

Last week, Alternative Press confirmed the first wave of artists set to hit the stage during the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards set to take place this summer. On Tuesday (April 25), the rock-centric publication unveiled the list of categories and nominees for the summertime music awards show. In addition to the typical categories such as “Artist of the Year,” “Song of the Year,” and “Best Music Video,” the fourth incarnation of the annual awards show added two new categories to the list; “Best Hard Rock Artist” and “Best New Artist.”

“This year’s nominations are from a very diverse pool of artists, probably the most diverse we’ve ever had,” said Alternative Press founder and CEO Mike Shea. “We are representing genres from alternative to indie pop to hard rock to metal – all of whose nominations showcase the best in their field as chosen by a pool of input from fans, music industry VIPs, and the staff at Alternative Press.”

Fans can currently go to Alternative Press’ website and vote for their favorite artists in all the categories. Voting is officially underway with the polls closing on Friday, June 30.  Tickets for the awards show are also available on the publication’s website.

In addition to adding new categories and featuring a more diverse list of performers, this year will also mark the first time in two years that the awards show has changed hosts. Earlier this year, the publication released a short clip featuring previous 2015 and 2016 hosts Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat from All Time Low, handing over the APMAs hosting mantle over to Black Veil Brides/Andy Black leader, Andy Biersack.

The 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards is set to take place on July 17 at the Quicken Loans Arena in the publication’s hometown of Cleveland, Ohio. Previously announced acts including All Time Low, New Years Day, Sleeping with Sirens, Pierce the Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Bone Thugs (the extension of Bone Thugs N Harmony), Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Against Me!, Machine Gun Kelly, and Korn were confirmed to hit the stage during this year’s festivities.

For now, the complete list of nominees can be seen below.

Artist of the Year
A Day to Remember
Blink-182
Fall Out Boy
Good Charlotte
Green Day
Machine Gun Kelly
Panic! at the Disco
Pierce the Veil
Sum 41
The Pretty Reckless

Album of the Year
Andy Black, The Shadow Side
Tonight Alive, Limitless
Architects U.K., All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
Atilla, Chaos
Beartooth, Aggressive
Every Tie I Die, Low Teens
I Prevail, Lifelines
Moose Blood, Blush
Pierce the Veil, Misadventures
Waterparks, Double Dare

Song of the Year
A Day to Remember, “Paranoia”
Andy Black, “We Don’t Have to Dance”
Pierce the Veil, “Circles”
Machine Gun Kelly, “Alpha Omega”
Real Friends, “Mess”
Waterparks, “Stupid for You”

Most Dedicated Fanbase
Melanie Martinez
Motionless in White
Paramore
PVRIS
Sleeping with Sirens
Twenty One Pilots

Best Vocalist
Ben Barlow, Neck Deep
Cody Carson, Set It Off
Derek DiScanio, State Champs
John O’Callaghan, The Maine
Keith Buckley, Every Time I Die
Lynn Gunn, PVRIS

Best Drummer
Arejay Hale, Halestorm
Aric Improta, Night Verses
Dean Butterworth, Good Charlotte
Frank Zummo, Sum 41
Matt Mingus, Dance Gavin Dance
JP “Rook” Cappelletty, Machine Gun Kelly

Best Bassist
Alex Dean, Architects U.K.
Chris Hinkley, I the Mighty
Fat Mike, NOFX
“Fieldy” Arvizu, Korn
Ryan Scott Graham, State Champs
Sergio Vega, Deftones

Best Guitarist
Ben Weinman, The Dillinger Escape Plan
Claudio Sanchez, Coheed and Cambria
Jordan Buckley, Every Time I Die
Reba Meyers, Code Orange
Steve Menoian, I Prevail
Teppei Teranishi, Thrice

Best Hard Rock Artist
Bullet for My Valentine
Halestorm
Highly Suspect
In This Moment
Korn
The Pretty Reckless

Best Live Band
Beartooth
Dance Gavin Dance
Falling in Reverse
In This Moment
Issues
NOFX

Best Underground Band
Broadside
Knocked Loose
Movements
Palaye Royale
Silent Planet
With Confidence

Breakthrough Band
Avatar
Creeper
Ice Nine Kills
One OK Rock
Moose Blood
Waterparks

Best Music Video
Highly Suspect, “Bloodfeather”
I See Stars, “Calm Snow”
Korn, “Insane”
Memphis May Fire, “This Light I Hold” (featuring Jacoby Shaddix)
State Champs, “Losing Myself”
Sum 41, “Fake My Own Death”

Best New Artist Music Video
K.Flay, “Blood In The Cut”
PUP, “Sleep in the Heat”
SWMRS, “Palm Trees”
Tiny Moving Parts, “Common Cold”
Watsky, “Don’t Be Nice”
With Confidence, “Voldemort”

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