On February 5, metal magazine Loudwire held the IV Annual Loudwire Music Awards and named Linkin Park and five-times-honored Slipknot the absolute winners of 2014
January 4, 2015
The the 4th Loudwire Awards have just taken place, and the number of voting rock and metal fans is ever-growing each year. This time more than 2 million votes had been received over the last few weeks, and the long-awaited results of the polls have just been announced.
Slipknot absolutely dominated the 2014 Loudwire Awards: “The masked marauders won a total of five awards, which has never been done before … not even close”, admits Loudwire website. The band’s fifth album, The Gray Chapter, received an extremely positive response from fans and critics, making it Best Metal Album of 2014 and Slipknot themselves Best Metal Band of 2014. The band’s honors didn’t stop there. “The Negative One”, which was the first single released from the album, got Slipknot the trophy for Best Metal Song of 2014 (the track has also been nominated for a Grammy this year). “The Devil in I” music video received the award for Best Metal Video of 2014 (watch below). Finally, the new Slipknot drummer, who took Joey Jordison’s place behind the kit, was named the 2014 Best Drummer.
The Best Rock Song title went to Three Days Grace single “Painkiller” (listen to the winner hit below), proving Matt Walst to have gained a massive positive response as the new vocalist for the band. Best Rock Band and Live Act of the Year were the two nominations won by Linkin Park: their highly praised new album The Hunting Party and an impressive live show of the Carnivores Tour made them double winners by Loudwire readers’ votes. Slipknot and Avenged Sevenfold took the 2nd and 3d place in the Best Live Act voting.
Five Finger Death Punch got the trophy for the music video “Wrong Side of Heaven” – the Best Rock Video of 2014. The longplay Violence and Destruction by Islander has been voted by Loudwire readers as the Best Rock Album.
The past year can be also titled the year of Japanese metal, with BabyMetal as the winners in the category Best New Artist, for a start. The band’s self-titled debut album appeared at the start of last year and took the whole metal world by surprise. In the poll BabyMetal accumulated more votes than the nine other nominees combined as the Best New Artist of 2014 (watch BabyMetal music video below).
In addition, X Japan’s fan legions proved to be the most devoted fans 2014, bringing their idols the award of the same name, with the stunning 58% of the vote. Last year, Black Veil Brides fans took the crown and they also scored over 30% this time, but at Loudwire Music Awards 2014 the visual key pioneers X Japan collected more votes alone than Avenged Sevenfold, Black Veil Brides, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Judas Priest, Linkin Park, Nickelback, the Pretty Reckless and Slipknot combined.
However, the awards would not feel that heartfelt without choosing the 2014 Rock Goddess. Just like back in 2011, Within Temptation vocalist Sharon den Adel got this honor. The votes were definitely deserved by the band’s frontman, taking into account the extensive tour in support of the Hydra album, alongside with a new live album, Let Us Burn — Elements & Hydra Live in Concert. Sharon den Adel beat In This Moment’s Maria Brink, who finished second, as well as Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale and Lacuna Coil’s Cristina Scabbia.
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