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Golden Gods Awards 2013 winners, recap: Metallica, Halestorm and more

The biggest names in rock and metal came together at Club Nokia in Los Angeles Thursday night (May 2) to celebrate the genre and honor their peers at the Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2013.

Hard rock and metal’s answer to the Grammys, Revolver Magazine’s Golden Gods Awards is metal’s chance to show the world the strength of the genre and the camaraderie amongst its artists.

“We don’t get invited to the Grammys that often,” said Alice Cooper on the black carpet before the event. “They let us show up [here]. It’s something different than anything else.”

Marilyn Manson, who is Cooper’s tourmate for the 2013 Masters of Madness Tour (which hits Red Rocks Amphitheatre June 3), jokingly added, “We get to see a lot of people we usually tour with. Awards I don’t usually care about unless I get one. And I usually sell it for drugs or I give it to my father.”

Five Finger Death Punch front man and Denver-native Ivan Moody made a rare appearance on the black carpet to talk about the band’s upcoming two-album release.

“Man, we came up with so much material on this that instead of throwing it on the shelf it seemed like the logical thing to do was to just get it out now,” Moody said. “I’m so proud of it, I mean 24 tracks in four months—that’s a lot of work.” Moody will return to his hometown with FFDP to co-headline Mayhem Festival at Comfort Dental Amphitheatre on July 7.

The night was full of memorable performances, collaborations and some surprising winners including the award for Best Drummer, which Halestorm’s Arejay Hale took home, beating out Rush’s Neal Pert.

Another shocking win was also one of the show’s more colorful moments, as Black Veil Brides cursed out a booing crowd while accepting the Song of the Year award for “In The End.” The evening’s most poignant moment was Stone Sour/Slipknot front man Corey Taylor’s acceptance speech for Best Vocalist. An emotional Taylor fought back tears while accepting his award, humbly telling his peers and fans that, “I’ve dedicated my life to giving you everything I f***ing got.”

The biggest musical moments of the night were the multitude of on stage collaborations and cameos from some of hard rock and metal’s most legendary performers.

Anthrax kicked off the show with the night’s first collaborative effort, bringing Pantera’s Phil Anselmo and Rex Brown on stage for “This Love” (Pantera) and Slayer’s “Raining Blood”, which was dedicated to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman; who tragically passed away earlier on Thursday.

The night ended with the award show’s highly anticipated performance by Metallica. The recipients of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award also took home the nod for biggest metal moment of the night as award-goers crowd-surfed across the Club Nokia floor. The set featured another Rob Halford cameo for a cover of the Judas Priest classic “Rapid Fire.”

Here is a list of the Golden Gods Awards 2013 winners:

John 5 (Rob ZombiE)

Arejay Hale (Halestorm)

Lemmy Kilmister (Motörhead)

Corey Taylor (Stone Sour & Slipknot)


Triple H (WWE wrestling)


Tenacious D

Black Veil Brides, “In The End”


Deftones, Koi No Yokan

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Paige Montgomery is a Denver-based freelance writer. Check out more of her work on Facebook and Twitter.

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  • Micky Bitsko

    Seriously….Paige. No mention of Lzzy Hale and David Draimon’s cover of Zep’s “Whole lotta love”? WTF?? Did you nod out…what? Did I DREAM it???

    • Paige Montgomery

      It was edited out. I did really like it though.

  • Tammy

    This was the first Golden Gods Awards show that I’ve watched, and I loved it because it was nothing like some of the gumdrops and lollipops of the Grammy’s. Don’t get me wrong, I love all music, but when I was leaving my office at DISH Thursday night, one of my coworkers told me about the GGAs, and I was floored. I rushed home so I wouldn’t miss a moment of it, and I got it all saved on my DISH Hopper. My DVR can hold up to 1,250 SD or 450 HD hours of whatever I record, so I’ll be able to hold on to these epic performances for as long as I want. With this kind of memory, I can keep recording everything else that I like to watch, and never have to delete the GGAs.

  • Amir Sparrow

    Does anyone know the name of the bands song played at the backgroung when the awards were given out ?
    The lyric goes like:” Traded in his misery for lonely of the road…. The years were cruel to him”

    There are dozens of people looking for this song…