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Slipknot, Rammstein and Download festival win big at Heavy Music Awards 2020

Now into its fourth year, the Heavy Music Awards recognise the year’s best in rock and metal. Some 600 industry insiders collaborated to decide the shortlist, before 150,000 votes were cast from over 150 countries to decide the winners.

Slipknot, Rammstein and Download festival were amongst the 2020 winners. The show was streamed live on Amazon Music UK’s Twitch channel, with performances from the studios of AfterLive Music by The Hunna, Holding Absence, Heart Of A Coward, Wargasm, Coldbones and Hawxx.

Slipknot was named Best International Band and won Best Album, for We Are Not Your Kind, while Bring Me The Horizon took Best UK Band for the second year in a row.  

German metal monsters Rammstein took the Best Live Band award, for their seismic stadium shows in 2019.  Baroness won the Best Album Artwork awards for Gold And Grey.  

The show was streamed live on Amazon Music UK’s Twitch channel…

Holding Absence played live during the event – all photos Tom Russell

Winning Best Video went to Don Broco for Action; frontman Rob Damiani praised director Benjamin Roberds and producer Katie Gregg. “We’ve made six videos in total with them, and by far it’s been the best experience we’ve ever had making music videos.”

Breakthrough Band gongs went to Australian metalcore outfit Polaris, who took the International Awards,  while Nova Twins won the UK accolade.

“It’s so incredible for us, especially as women of colour, winning these rock awards,” said Nova Twins’ Amy Love, “because you don’t see it that often. Let’s keep pushing forward, keep diversifying the space.”

Catherine Marks was named Best Producer, for her work with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, The Amazons and Frank Turner, while Ester Segarra snapped up Best Photographer category.

The HMA received votes from music fans across 150 countries

Download was named Best Festival, the second time it’s won the category. Organiser Andy Copping noted: “A very bizarre year this year, of course, with no festival taking place, but fingers crossed we’re going to be back next year, bigger and stronger than we’ve always been.”

Dom Frazer and Space, the team behind Guildford’s Boileroom music venue won The H, for contributions to the heavy music scene. They dedicated their award to “the crews, and all the people who work tirelessly to make our cultural landscape so amazing. Keep doing what you’re doing and together we’ll get through this. ”

The Heavy Music Awards are sponsored by Amazon Music, AfterLive Music, eOne, Moshhh, O2 Forum Kentish Town, Primordial Radio, Subfrantic, Ticketmaster, BIMM, Allianz Musical Insurance, Association of Independent Music, Believe, Dead Simple Accounting and EMP.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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