The Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, has added even more performers and presenters, in addition to this year’s official red carpet hosts and esteemed recipients of the Vanguard and Icon Awards. The APMAs will take place on July 22, 2015 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio.
The APMAs is pleased to present the revered Vanguard Award to hard-rock legend and respected filmmaker Rob Zombie. As a rock icon and filmmaker with a unique vision, Zombie has continuously challenged audiences as he stretches the boundaries of both music and film. He has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide and is the only artist to experience unprecedented success in both music and film as the writer/director of six feature films with a worldwide gross totaling more than $150 million.
This year’s Icon Award honorees are none other than American punk-rock mavericks X. X were one of the most influential bands to emerge from the Los Angeles punk scene of the late ‘70s. The group’s first two albums, Los Angeles and Wild Gift appear on Rolling Stone’s Top 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Frontwoman Exene Cervenka shares, “Alternative Press came out of the American heartland as a local fanzine, and grew to be an important source for music lovers everywhere. Thank you for bringing X along with so many other artists into people's lives! We are honored to be recognized and given this award.”
The APMAs is very excited to reveal this year’s energetic AXS TV Red Carpet hosts: Every Time I Die’s wisecracking frontman Keith Buckley and New Years Day’s striking frontwoman Ash Costello. The pair will interview many of this year’s stars as they make their way down the red carpet and into the main event.
Gibson Brands is also returning as one of the main sponsors of the APMAs and will be hosting the official Gibson Backstage Artist Lounge. All performers, presenters, honorees and award winners will gather at the Lounge for their post-stage victory interviews.
Additionally, the APMAs is pleased to announce Tumblr as an official partner. Tumblr is a media network powered by an army of independent creators and home to an audience of more than 460 million unique visitors. This year, the APMAs will be launching today the first ever “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award. Every day, thousands of fandoms post artwork, GIFs, funny memes and so much more on their Tumblr pages, and these nominees were among the most posted about last year. The nominees were chosen by a combination of Tumblr’s Fandometrics, and AP staff. You can vote for your favorite/the most creative fandom at altpress.tumblr. com through July 6!
In addition to the “Tumblr Fandom Of The Year” award there will be a Gif booth backstage capturing all the exclusive behind the scenes moments from award winners, performers and overall talent associated with the show. Follow the night's mayhem on AP’s Tumblr blog.
“So many of the biggest fandoms on Tumblr pay their homage to alternative bands through art, gifs, fan fiction, and any sort of craziness that you or I could never imagine,” says Nate Auerbach, Tumblr's Head of Music Strategy and Outreach. “There couldn’t be a better partner than Alternative Press to reward these creative, passionate users and show them how much they are appreciated.”
AP cover stars Pierce The Veil are the latest performer addition to this year’s APMAs! PTV have become one of the fastest-rising and most compelling forces on the music scene today, manifested by the rocket-ride success of the band's 2012 release, Collide With The Sky. The album has sold nearly 300,000 copies in the U.S. alone, and features the single “King For A Day” which has been certified Gold and has racked up an astounding 50 million YouTube views. At last year’s APMAs, the band won three awards, including Best Live Band.
Additional live performances include Weezer, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low, Sum 41, a special performance from New Found Glory featuring Hayley Williams, Rob Zombie, DMC of Run DMC, Mike Herrera of MxPx, Taking Back Sunday, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Halestorm, a special performance featuring four-time nominees PVRIS and Issues frontman Tyler Carter, Black Veil Brides, Simple Plan and Motionless In White. The world-renowned Contemporary Youth Orchestra will also return to the APMAs to accompany many of the evening’s performances.
New presenters this year include members of the Amity Affliction, Asking Alexandria, Beartooth, Crossfaith, Drama Club, Every Time I Die, Man Overboard, Major League, Memphis May Fire, Metro Station, Miss May I, Neck Deep, Never Shout Never, New Politics, New Years Day, Silverstein, State Champs and We Came As Romans. Additional appearances will be made by members of ‘68, As It Is, August Burns Red, Bullet For My Valentine, Mayday Parade, Motion City Soundtrack, Parkway Drive, Real Friends, Senses Fail, Set It Off, This Wild Life and While She Sleeps with more to be announced soon.
Voting on all awards is open now via www.altpress.com/apmas, in addition to the Best Music Video award, which can be voted upon exclusively at any Journeys retail location via voter mobile device and store-provided QR codes or via journeys.com/bestmusicvideo. Voting ends on July 6, 2015.
APMAs Early Bird discount tickets and Ultimate Monster Travel Packages are already sold out, but you can still purchase several other ticketing options now. Available options include reserved seats at $59.99, premium seats at $79.99, Vans Warped Tour bundles for $89.99, general admission pit passes for $199.99 (which now include early entry) and special VIP packages are $249.99. Head to www.altpress.com/apmas for all ticket offerings and details on each option listed above.
The APMAs is very pleased to team with 2015 title sponsor and official retail partner Journeys, in addition to lead presenting sponsor Monster Energy Drink. The APMAs is once again proud to team with official broadcast partner AXS TV. Last year’s award show marked the highest social engagement in the channel’s history. The APMAs are made possible by many other great sponsors and partnerships including Affliction Clothing, AKT, Another Century Records, Artery Recordings, CreativeLive, Disc Makers, DW Drums, Eagle Rock Entertainment, EarthQuaker Devices, Epitaph Records, Equal Vision Records, Fueled By Ramen, Full Sail University, Fearless Records, Hopeless Records, idobi radio, Lace Pickups, Macbeth, MerchNow, Razor & Tie Records, Rise Records, Roadrunner Records, Splat! Hair Care, Sumerian Records, Tumblr., Victory Records and the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum.
As previously announced, Alternative Press Magazine will be honored by the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame And Museum with the unveiling of a special new exhibit, Never Give Up: Alternative Press Magazine At 30, presented by Roadrunner Records, Fueled By Ramen and Jakprints. The exhibit opening will kick-off with a special Sonic Session featuring Danish alt-rock group New Politics and one of AP’s “100 Bands You Need to Know In 2015,” Vinyl Theatre.
EXHIBIT OPENING TIMELINE:
7:00pm – Doors open to the public
8:00pm – OUTDOOR CONCERT begins, featuring New Politics & Vinyl Theatre
11:00pm – Museum closes
The exhibit opens on the eve of the APMAs, July 21st. For more information and to read more in-depth details about the exhibit, visit www.rockhall.com.
The 2015 AP Music Awards is just around the corner! Check back to www.altpress.com/apmas over the coming weeks for more announcements and information.
The APMAs is produced by Josh Bernstein, Mike Shea, Kevin Lyman, Dawn Marshman, Joe Scarpelli and Marc Grant.