The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to unleash another stellar performance announcement, adding to the already highly anticipated performances taking place in its inaugural year! One of 2014’s most buzzed about bands in heavy music, Body Count featuring gangsta rap pioneer Ice-T, will perform at this year’s APMAs – fresh on the heels of their recently released Sumerian Records debut, Manslaughter.
Body Count, the group that dropped hip-hop attitude into heavy metal and hard rock music before Rage Against The Machine, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park and Hollywood Undead ever did, embody the monumental Southern California tradition of street born punk bands like Suicidal Tendencies combined with the aggressive aural napalm of Slayer.
Ice-T and cofounder/lead guitarist Ernie C have perfected their mix of thrash, punk and bottom-heavy doom, and are backed by bassist/songwriter Vincent Price (with Body Count now for nearly 15 years), drummer Ill Will (joined in 2009) and new guitarist Juan Garcia of EVILDEAD. Driven by the same iconoclastic, antiauthoritarian and pimp-turned-poet mentality that made Ice-T a gangsta rap pioneer, a Platinum-selling artist from the streets and a household name in film and television before “rapper/actor” was a commonly used term, Body Count flipped the script with the same tenacity when they bumrushed heavy metal.
idobi radio is unleashing their hot list of official red carpet and idobi VIP lounge hosts, including Brian Logan Dales of The Summer Set, Chuck Comeau of Simple Plan, Josh Madden (DJ, producer, stylist, writer, and the original Madden Brother), & Gunz of The Gunz Show/ABC/Fox News. Fans can tune in live to http://ido.bi/player (or the free idobi radio app – available on iOS and Android) at 5:00 p.m. ET on July 21. Then, stay tuned for an APMA takeover on idobi Radio all weekend of July 26/27, including live performance coverage and backstage interviews. All of this leads up to the main event – the idobi Radio APMAs Special on Sunday, July 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET, featuring even more exclusive content.
Alternative Press Magazine has always been all about the fans and community, so it comes as no surprise that the APMAs strongly supports individuals struggling with the fight against cancer. This year, the APMAs have teamed up with Dyin 2 Live and F*ck Cancer to give one lucky contestant an unforgettable VIP experience. You and a guest will go to the APMAs, plus – you will get a meet & greet with APMAs artists and a VIP gift bang! Enter your story at firstname.lastname@example.org by July 18th to be considered.
The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, will open with a star-studded red carpet located just outside the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, kicking off at 5:00 p.m. This year’s presenters, performers, honorees and nominees will line the carpet for two full hours, ultimately making their way to the highlighted AXS TV red carpet pre-show area, co-hosted by professional wrestling champion CM Punk and Automatic Loveletter frontwoman/The Voice season two runner-up Juliet Simms.
The APMAs will take place on July 21, 2014, held at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum at North Coast Harbor in AP’s hometown of Cleveland. In its inaugural year, the APMAs will be hosted by six-time AP cover star Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and will feature performances from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Fall Out Boy, Falling In Reverse, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, the Misfits, Sleeping With Sirens, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, with more to be announced.
This just in – Suicide Silence have confirmed that they will appear at this year’s APMAs! In addition, special appearances will be made by Billy Corgan, Laura Jane Grace, Ice-T & Coco and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarist Slash, plus members of Attlia, Bayside, Beartooth, Black Veil Brides, Chiodos, Crown The Empire, the Devil Wears Prada, Echosmith, Emmure, I See Stars, Issues, Korn, Less Than Jake, letlive., the Maine, Mayday Parade, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Neck Deep, New Found Glory, Paramore, Pierce The Veil, Sleepwave, We Are The In Crowd, We Came As Romans, the Word Alive and Yellowcard,with more to be announced. Cleveland’s 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing throughout the APMAs, both independently and through unique artist collaborations.
Tickets are on sale now for $69.99 which includes a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame And Museum to be used that same day and can be purchased online at www.altpress.com/apmas. Fans that purchase VIP and Monster Energy Drink 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 edition issue.
In addition to covering broadcasting the red carpet pre-show, AXS TV will broadcast the award show itself, beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on July 21. and will feature footage from the official VIP boat party. Viewers can head to www.axs.tv/apmas/ to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and view photos, as well as take part in live polls and get involved on social media. Plus, fans can enter to win awesome prizes, such as a one-year subscription to Alternative Press Magazine, Gibson Brands guitars and merchandise, and Monster Energy Drink swag.
An official pre-party will take place on July 20 at the Scene Stage at the House of Blues in Cleveland, and will feature headliners Against Me! with support from Jenny Owen Youngs and Creepoid. Doors open at 7:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:00 p.m., with tickets only $18 in advance and $20 at the door! Tickets are on sale now via www.altpress.com/apmaspreshow.
Fifteen awards in total will be handed out at the APMAs, 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 Brands,Best Drummer presented by DW Drums, Best Bassist presented by Dyin 2 Live, Best International Band presented by Zepeda Brothers Productions, Best Vocalist presented by Victory Records, Artist Philanthropic Award presented by SubCity/Take Actionand Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records, along with 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 TODAY.