Two weeks after the first announcement, the Gibson AP Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy Drink have announced the release of more general admission tickets due to high demand. The special one-night event on July 21, 2014, will be held behind the prestigious Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum at North Coast Harbor to accommodate the massive turnout. In addition to the larger venue, the awards show has announced that Cleveland’s Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing between sets of renowned music acts including Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, legendary horror-punk mavericks the Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Asking Alexandria, twenty one pilots and many more to be announced—including a few surprise guests.
Hosted by six-time cover star Mark Hoppus of Blink–182, the show will bring together the most talented musicians for one epic night to honor outstanding acts and celebrate the power of music. Fifteen awards in total will be handed out, including Album Of The Year presented by Journeys, Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy Drink, Song Of The Year presented by Epitaph Records, Best Guitarist presented by Gibson and Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records, along with a special Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Victory Records, an Icon Award presented by Blackstar Amps honoring Joan Jett and a Vanguard Award honoring Billy Corgan. Fans can cast their votes in 12 different categories at www.altpress.com/apmas. Voting ends July 15.
As mentioned, the newly announced Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be on hand performing with and between awards. The 115-piece youth orchestra orchestra is based in Cleveland, Ohio, and has become well known for their collaborations with artists such as Ben Folds, Bootsy Collins, Pat Benatar and countless others. “The musicians of the Contemporary Youth Orchestra are so excited to be the official orchestra of the AP Music Awards,” says conductor Liza Grossman. “CYO is brimming with talent and we believe our members are part of the next generation of adventuresome music makers. Our partnership with AP is a match made in heaven because of our history of partnering with legendary music acts and AP’s commitment to amplifying and celebrating artists and their music. What we’ll create together at the AP Awards will be felt and heard around the world, and we can’t wait to be part of that energy.” Other confirmed artists making appearances include Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins), Korn, Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Machine Gun Kelly and Frankie Palmeri (Emmure), with more to be announced.
AXS TV will broadcast the show live to its more than 42 million U.S. household audience. “Alternative Press is one of the most important and influential publications in the music industry," says AXS TV founder Mark Cuban. "Their unique and uncompromising vision is a perfect fit with the brand of programming AXS TV is known for, and this is reflected in the all-star lineup that will be performing in the show. This is truly an historic event, and we’re proud to be the official broadcaster of this innovative awards show.”
Fans that purchased VIP and Monster ticket packages, will be invited to a pre-show boat party on the Goodtimes III, located right behind the Rock Hall. The boat sets sail at 1:30 p.m. and will include performances by Issues, Ghost Town and Marmozets, three bands recently featured in AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2014 special. www.altpress.com/apmas
In addition to Gibson and Monster Energy Drink, sponsors of the AP Music Awards include Blackstar Amps, Epitaph Records, Fearless Records, Fueled By Ramen, Hopeless Records, Journeys, Onkyo, Roadrunner Records, Sumerian Records, Tascam, and Victory Records.
The AP Music Awards are produced by Kevin Lyman (founder & CEO of 4FINI) and Josh Bernstein (Golden Gods creator and producer). Executive Producers are Mike Shea, Dawn Marshman, and Joe Scarpelli.