Alternative Press Announces Inaugural AP Music Awards, Nominees

Punk mag Alternative Press has announced it will host the inaugural AP Music Awards on July 21 at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland.

The night will include performances by Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Misfits, A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, Asking Alexandria, twenty one pilots and more to be announced.

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There will be 15 awards handed out, including Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Artist Philanthropic Award, Most Dedicated Fans, and awards for best singer, guitarist, bassist and drummer. See below for a full list of nominees. Fans will help choose winners for 12 of the awards, casting votes at Voting ends July 15.

Blink 182’s Mark Hoppus is set to host the event, Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins will make an appearance to receive the Vanguard Award and — as well as performing — Joan Jett will accept the AP Icon Award for her legacy. Korn, Andy Biersack of Black Veil Brides, Machine Gun Kelly and Frankie Palmeri of Emmure will all make appearances as well.

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Alternative Press publisher Mike Shea said in a press release, “For nearly 30 years, Alternative Press has been the leading voice in cutting-edge music and lifestyle. Now we can finally have a night of our own. I look forward to celebrating several generations' worth of artists from the ever-growing AP community, from Joan Jett & The Blackhearts to Fall Out Boy to the current Warped Tour headliners. This is not only going to be an amazing night for Alternative Press, but for the true fans, the musicians, the labels and the industry at large.”

The event will be broadcast live on AXS TV. Limited discounted early bird general admission tickets, VIP and Monster ticket packages are available for sale Friday (April 25) at

AP Music Awards Nominees:

Artist Of The Year (Presented by Monster Energy Drink)

A Day To Remember
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Bring Me The Horizon
Fall Out Boy
Of Mice & Men
Panic! At The Disco
Pierce The Veil
Sleeping With Sirens

Album Of The Year (Presented by Journeys)

A Day To Remember • Common Courtesy
Avenged Sevenfold • Hail To The King
Black Veil Brides • Wretched And Divine: The Story Of The Wild Ones
Bring Me The Horizon • Sempiternal
Fall Out Boy • Save Rock And Roll
Paramore • Paramore
Sleeping With Sirens • Feel
Touché Amoré • Is Survived By
twenty one pilots • Vessel
The Wonder Years • The Greatest Generation

Artist Philanthropic Award (Presented by Sub City / Take Action)

All Time Low — Skate4Cancer
Memphis May Fire— peta2
Modern Baseball — 1BlueString
Pierce The Veil — The Keep A Breast foundation
Rise Against — Shirts For A Cure
The Used — Living The Dream Foundation

Best Live Band

A Day To Remember
All Time Low
Asking Alexandria
Fall Out Boy
Pierce The Veil
twenty one pilots

Breakthrough Band

The Color Morale
Crown The Empire
The Story So Far
twenty one pilots

Song of the Year

All Time Low feat. Vic Fuentes • “A Love Like War”
Bring Me The Horizon • “Shadow Moses”
Fall Out Boy • “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark (Light Em Up)”
Falling In Reverse • “Alone”
Paramore • “Still Into You”
Sleeping With Sirens feat. Machine Gun Kelly • “Alone”

Best International Band

Asking Alexandria (U.K.)
Bring Me The Horizon (U.K.)
Crossfaith (Japan)
Parkway Drive (Australia)
Silverstein (Canada)
Frank Turner (U.K.)

Most Dedicated Fans (Presented by Fearless Records)

All Time Low
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Mayday Parade
My Chemical Romance
Pierce The Veil

Best Vocalist

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
Vic Fuentes (Pierce The Veil)
Kellin Quinn (Sleeping With Sirens)
Oli Sykes (Bring Me The Horizon)
Brendon Urie (Panic! At The Disco)
Hayley Williams (Paramore)

Best Guitarist

JB Brubaker (August Burns Red)
Synyster Gates (Avenged Sevenfold)
Phil Manansala (Of Mice & Men)
Jack O’Shea (Bayside)
Chris Rubey (The Devil Wears Prada)
Jacky Vincent (Falling In Reverse)

Best Bassist

Jeremy Davis (Paramore)
Zack Merrick (All Time Low)
Ryan Neff (Miss May I)
Jaime Preciado (Pierce The Veil)
Devin “Ghost” Sola (Motionless In White)
Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy)

Best Drummer

Jess Bowen (The Summer Set)
Josh Dun (Twenty One Pilots)
Mike Fuentes (Pierce The Veil)
Matt Greiner (August Burns Red)
Luke Holland (The Word Alive)
Ryan Seaman (Falling In Reverse)