Thursday, 13 August 2009

Kerrang! Awards 2009

This year's Kerrang! awards took place a few weeks earlier than usual on Monday August 3rd, just a day after the Sonisphere festival. I was pleased with this new date for the event, as previous years the awards show has always been on the Thursday evening before the Reading festival at the end of August and I've had to leave for Reading in the morning the next day. This time I was able to stay up and enjoy myself. It was the usual fun and rock star laughs, but I wasn't the only one disappointed that Best British Band nominees Bullet For My Valentine weren't there and neither were Avenged Sevenfold and we were all expecting the bands who performed at Sonisphere to stick around for Kerrang. Both bands flew to the US for album recording commitments and could not make it. Metallica were still staying in London after their headline Sonisphere performance the night before. They were also expected to show up, as they did last year, but because it was James Hetfield's birthday and their wives and children were also with them, the only member of the band to appear was Robert Trujillo. Bands who were guests this year were Limp Bizkit, Lacuna Coil, Machinehead, Mastodon, My Passion, The Wildhearts, Taking Back Sunday, The Used, The Prodigy, Enter Shikari, Attack!Attack!, The King Blues, In Case of Fire, Buckcherry, Skunk Anansie, Fightstar and Bring Me The Horizon. Chester Beddington from Linkin Park stayed in London to accept his band's award for Classic Songwriter (the rest of Linkin Park had already flown to their next destination for another concert date). Guest presenters for the show were Slipknot and Stone Sour frontman Corey Taylor and Scott Ian from Anthrax.

Kerrang! Awards 2009 WINNERS were:

Best International Band - Slipknot
Best British Band - Bullet For My Valentine
Best British Newcomer - In Case of Fire
Best International Newcomer - Gaslight Anthem
Best Single - The Prodigy for Omen
Best Video - Mastodon for Oblivion
Best Album - Metallica
Best Live Band - Slipknot
Classic Songwriter - Linkin Park
Spirit of Independence - The Wildhearts
Inspiration - Machine Head
Hall of Fame - Limp Bizkit
Icon - Alice in Chains

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