In case you weren’t watching last night, the Revolver Golden Gods Awards was pretty much an embarrassment. I had to stop watching on the second award; as if seeing Black Veil Brides win guitarists of the year (ugh), seeing Tomas Haake (Meshuggah) and Brann Dailor (Mastodon) lose to that dude from Five Finger Death Punch was more than enough for me to enter rage mode and shut this trainwreck off.

Sure, it was chosen by the fans, but if it’s any indication, the average casual mainstream metal fan that cares enough to pay attention to Revolver long enough to vote has piss poor taste and no sense at all. Revolver should just do what The Academy does for The Grammys and get a panel of industry insiders to decide the winners. There’s no guarantee things will get better, but it’ll probably wind up better than this pile. Via Metal Insider:

Best Guitarists, presented by Epiphone: Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
Best Drummer, presented by Drum Workshop:
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
Paul Gray Best Bassist, presented by Dean Markley:
Nikki Sixx (Sixx: A.M.)
Riff Lord, presented by EMG:
Slash
Comeback of the Year, presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment:
Slipknot
Best International Band, presented by Musicians Institute:
X Japan
Best Live Band, presented by Samson/Zoom:
Avenged Sevenfold
Best Vocalist, presented by Rockstar Energy Drink:
Amy Lee (Evanescence)
Most Metal Athlete:
CM Punk (WWE wrestling)
Most Dedicated Fans:
Avenged Sevenfold
Album of the Year, presented by Marshall Amplification:
Korn, The Path of Totality
Golden God, presented by Sumerian Records:
Gene Simmons (KISS)
Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award:
Rush

I guess we can also let Gene Simmons have his award. Obviously, Rush’s lifetime achievement award is also the exception, but no one voted on that award, so good call, Revolver. Rush kicks ass. I’ll let the winners speak for themselves. Tell me what you think in the comments section.

– JR

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