THE JOURNEYS ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS,
FUELED BY MONSTER ENERGY
Defies the Mainstream in the Ohio State Capital for its Third Year
#APMAS Trended Worldwide on Twitter and Facebook for the Third Year in a Row
COLUMBUS, OH – Cleveland-based music magazine Alternative Press wasn’t about to let anything get in the way of their annual award show-not even the Republican National Convention. So the Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy Drink headed down south to the state capitol of Columbus to celebrate its third iteration with a night of special guests and electrifying music that transcended generations of music fans. This year’s APMAs took place last night (July 18, 2016) at the Schottenstein Center, located on the campus of Ohio State University, where a capacity crowd immersed themselves in the transformative nature of music. The event carried even more resonance thanks to a worldwide broadcast via Amazon Music and Twitch. Not surprisingly, social media reaction and fan response spread fast and furious across the internet following the opening red carpet and awards ceremony.
As a tacit acknowledgment of both this year’s election and the need to change venues, the event focused on political imagery. After Dashboard Confessional opened the show with “Hands Down” (dubbed “the official APMAs national anthem” for the evening), returning hosts Alex Gaskarth and Jack Barakat from All Time Low participated in a comedic debate to determine who would be the president of this year’s show. Moderating the debate was Tyler Posey, star of the MTV series Teen Wolf, who deftly navigated the duo’s rapid-fire wisecracking. By the end of the night, it was Barakat who was elected APMAs president, via a live fan-voted initiative through Twitter.
During the show, attendees were encouraged to register to vote in the real U.S. election via TurboVote. A registration table located within Schottenstein Center was staffed by the Franklin County Board of Elections, reminding those of age to make their voices heard in what could very well be their first presidential election.
As in previous years’ shows, the 2016 APMAs featured plenty of one-time-only collaborations and combinations of rockers, new and legendary. Headliners A Day To Remember invited Creed frontman Scott Stapp onto the stage to play his band’s big hit, “Higher.” Worlds collided when heavy metal legend Rob Halford of Judas Priest teamed up with Japan’s heavy ‘n’ sweet trio BABYMETAL for spirited versions of Priest classics “Breaking The Law” and “Painkiller.” Black Veil Brides frontman Andy Biersack performed with an all-star band starring producer/Goldfinger guitarist John Feldmann, guitarist Quinn Allman (formerly of the Used, currently of VadaWave), bassist Mikey Way (formerly of My Chemical Romance, currently of Electric Century) and BVB drummer Christian Coma (who also took home Best Drummer honors). Columbus homeboys Beartooth unleashed the fury with a version of Underoath‘s “It’s Dangerous Business Walking Out Your Front Door” where they were joined by two very special guests, UO’s Spencer Chamberlain and Aaron Gillespie. Nü-metal unit Papa Roach stormed the APMAs stage with help from Cleveland force of nature Machine Gun Kelly, Jenna MacDougall of Australian rockers Tonight Alive and Memphis May Fire‘s Matty Mullins. Third Eye Blind leader Stephan Jenkins teamed up with the Maine and Mayday Parade for a rigorous version of “Jumper.” A new generation of pop-punk movers and shakers converged onto the APMAs stage when Welsh outfit Neck Deep brought the noise with a pop-punk medley featuring rockin’ reinforcement from State Champs’ singer Derek DiScanio (Fall Out Boy’s “Sugar, We’re Going Down”), Jayden Seeley of With Confidence (New Found Glory’s “Hit Or Miss”), ROAM frontman Alex Costello and All Time Low‘s Alex Gaskarth (Blink-182’s “The Rock Show”) and Will Gould from dark-rock unit Creeper (Green Day’s “Welcome To Paradise”). Last year’s Best Bandaward recipients Issues were joined by rising stars Max and Jon Langston. Of Mice & Men turned in powerful performances of “Pain” and “Never Giving Up.”
The 2016 APMAs also introduced several honorary awards to this year’s program. Four-time AP cover star/countercultural fulcrum Marilyn Manson made a rare appearance to receive this year’s Icon Award, in recognition of all the extreme gestures he’s made in service to rock ‘n’ roll.Pop-punk outfit Yellowcard received the Off The Wall Award, sponsored by legendary lifestyle clothing company Vans, to mark their maverick contributions to the music scene. During their performance, they were joined onstage by Vic Fuentes of Pierce The Veil (on “Ocean Avenue”), Emarosa‘s Bradley Walden and Eddy Brewerton of British up-and-comers Moose Blood. Good Charlotte, the highly influential pop-punk band founded by brothers Benji and Joel Madden, were presented with the Classic Album Award for their 2002 release The Young And The Hopeless. Their set featured guest appearances by Sleeping With Sirens frontman Kellin Quinn (“Girls & Boys”), Bayside‘s Anthony Raneri (“The Anthem”) and Awsten Knight of new-gen rockers Waterparks (“Lifestyles Of The Rich And Famous”).
Music fans may view encore presentations of the show via Amazon for a limited window of 48 hours. Go to amazon.com/apmas to watch the entire show before 7pm ET, July 20.
For recaps and other show information, visit www.altpress.com/apmas.
See below for the full list of all the APMAs 2016 award winners:
ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by Monster Energy: Twenty One Pilots
ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by Journeys: Blurryface, Twenty One Pilots
SONG OF THE YEAR presented by Epitaph Records: “Hallelujah,” Panic! At The Disco
BEST MUSIC VIDEO presented by Journeys: “Emperor’s New Clothes,” Panic! At The Disco
BEST VOCALIST presented by Sharptone Records: Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy
BEST GUITARIST presented by PRS Guitars: Jack Fowler, Sleeping With Sirens
BEST BASSIST presented by Razor & Tie: Skyler Acord, Issues
BEST DRUMMER presented by DW Drums: Christian Coma, Black Veil Brides
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Audio Technica: Neck Deep
BEST UNDERGROUND BAND presented by Entertainment One: Too Close To Touch
BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by Fueled By Ramen and Roadrunner Records: State Champs
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by Joey Sturgis Tones: You Me At Six
ARTIST PHILANTHROPIC presented by Sub City/Take Action:
Jake Luhrs of August Burns Red for HeartSupport
MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by Fearless Records: The Ghost Inside
ICON AWARD presented by Equal Vision Records/MerchNow!: Marilyn Manson
OFF THE WALL AWARD presented by Vans: Yellowcard
CLASSIC ALBUM AWARD presented by Eleven Seven Music: Good Charlotte for The Young And The Hopeless
Alternative Press is grateful for all of the hospitality accorded to it during their brief, yet exciting stay in Columbus, from the office of Mayor Andrew Ginther (who officially proclaimed July 18th “APMAs Day” in the city) to the excellent staff at the Schottenstein Center to all the local businesses and music fans who came to the party. The amount of goodwill generated toward the APMAs from artists, industry professionals and the city is ample proof that Alternative Press magazine will always remain at the forefront of the next shift in music culture.
The APMAs is produced by Mike Shea, Joe Scarpelli, Josh Bernstein, Marc Grant and Kevin Lyman.
About Alternative Press:
For over 30 years, Alternative Press continues to be on the forefront of discovering new artists, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends in music and youth culture. Since its early days as a pasted-up fanzine in the mid-’80s, Alternative Press is one of the largest music magazines in the world. AP provides in-depth interviews and exclusive photos, making it an essential collectors piece for a passionate fan base, as well as digitally through various mobile and tablet formats. AP has expanded its digital reach via an enhanced mobile app andAltpress.com, one of the world’s fastest-growing websites. The site has become a necessary destination for up-to-the-minute breaking news, coverage from our national APtv correspondents, exclusive multimedia premieres and much more. Additionally, the brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company’s inaugural AP Music Award Show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Independently owned and operated, AP continues to reach millions of fans, offering them insight to the hottest artists and cultural trends first.
Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 850 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, new styles. The Journeys store is more than a retail environment; it’s an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers’ lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through www.journeys.com,a mobile website, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events like The Journeys Noise Tour. Journeys is, in every way, an attitude you can wear!
About Monster Energy Drink:
Most companies spend their money on ad agencies, TV commercials, radio spots and billboards to tell you how good their products are. At Monster Energy, we chose none of the above. Instead we support the scene, our bands, our athletes and our fans. We back athletes so they can make a career out of their passion. We promote concert tours, so our favorite bands can visit your hometown. We celebrate with our fans and riders by throwing parties and making the coolest events we can think of a reality. monsterenergy.com | facebook.com/monsterenergy
About Amazon Music:
Amazon Music offers Prime members unlimited ad-free access to more than a million songs and thousands of playlists and stations as part of their Prime membership. Prime members can listen to the entire collection at no additional cost to their membership on compatible devices that support Amazon Music, including Amazon Echo, Fire devices, iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Sonos Players, the Web and more, with tracks available to download for anytime, anywhere listening. To find out more on how to listen visit amazon.com/howtolisten. Prime members and customers also have access to tens of millions of tracks to purchase and download in MP3 format in the Amazon Music store at amazon.com/digitalmusic
Twitch is the world’s leading social video platform and community for gamers. Each month, more than 100 million community members gather to watch and talk about video games with more than 1.7 million broadcasters. Twitch’s video platform is the backbone of both live and on-demand distribution for the entire video game ecosystem. This includes game developers, publishers, media outlets, events, user generated content, and the entire e-sports scene. Twitch also features Twitch Creative, a category devoted to artists and the creative process. For more information about Twitch, visit the official website and blog: twitch.tv