It is ever so close to that time of the year again. The much awaited, anticipated Alternative Press Music Awards or better known shortened to the APMA’s is just around the corner. For those individuals out there who are unaware of this award ceremony, essentially the Alternative Press Music Awards celebrate the achievements and success of bands and artists that are heavily based in the Alternative genre of music. For me this event is always marked in my calendar and because the AMPA’s are now only a couple of weeks away, I thought I would share the nominees I selected when I was going through the voting process for the Alternative Press Music Awards.
- Alex Gaskarth – All Time Low
- Caleb Shormo – Beartooth
- Patrick Stump – Fall Out Boy
- Lzzy Hale – Halestorm
- Kellin Quinn – Sleeping With Sirens
- Corey Taylor – Slipknot
One of the most paramount awards of the occasion, won by a certain Haley Williams of band Paramore last year, this year this selection was rather tough seeing that for the majority, I hugely admire the front people of these bands. In the end after several gruelling minuets of decision making Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy got my vote. Patricks voice is so renowned and even iconic because it’s so distinct that it’s consistently noticeable in any piece of music. Plus being a massive fan of Fall Out Boy may of been a paramount influential factor.
Best International Band:
- As It Is (UK)
- Babymetal (Japan)
- Marianas Trench (Canada)
- One Ok Rock (Japan)
- Parkway Drive (Australia)
- You Me At Six (UK)
From this next category which is Best a international Band, I have heard of about half of the nominees up for this award and luckily I was able to whole hearted lay cast a vote because recently I have actually gotten into listening to As It Is material which I have been appreciating over the past few weeks and because they are a band from the United Kingdom, it was obvious that my vote should go to them.
Song Of The Year:
- Falling In Reverse – “Just Like You”
- Never Shout Never – “Hey! We Ok”
- Of Mice & Men – “Would You Still Be There”
- Panic! At The Disco – “Hallelujah”
- Pierce The Veil – “The Divine Zero”
- State Champs – “Secrets”
Even though from this array that are up for Song Of The Year, I am only familiar with two of the songs which are “Hallelujah” and “The Divine Zero”. Considering that I only know fully two of the tracks from the list above, trust me I was defiantly undecided between the pairing of songs I previously mentioned. Furthermore, I went with the song that I have known the longest resulting in my vote being casted to Panic! At The Disco for their song “Hallelujah” taken from album Death Of A Bachelor. Although I am ever so slightly having second thoughts because recently Pierce The Veils “The Divine Zero” has been fixated and embedded in my head.
- I Prevail
- Knuckle Puck
- Neck Deep
- New Years Day
- Set It Off
- State Champs
Admittedly the most easiest choice in the voting so far, New Years Day received my vote completely. Despite the fact that I am knowledgable of all the bands involved, New Years Day I am a true, dedicated fan of which makes it only right that they should win Breakthrough band for me. However I was hoping to see trio, New Politics up as a nomination for this category because I think they have been highly successful especially with single “West End Kids” which was the turning point that made me become a fan.
- Jerod Boyd – Miss May I
- Christian Coma – Black Veil Brides
- Max Danziger – Set It Off
- Aaron Gilespie – Underoath
- Lionel Robinson – Letlive
- Dani Washington – Neck Deep
Straightforward. Christian Coma, better known to the BVB Army as CC was an effortless choice in my opinion. Having been a fan of Black Veil Brides since the release of their album Wretched and Divine, CC’s drumming has always caught my attention in any performance or music video as well as his sweet personality, this combination resulted in this vote.
Most Dedicated Fanbase:
- Mayday Parade
- New Years Day
- The Ghost Inside
- The Maine
Again a second one of my votes goes to New Years Day for their Fanbase which I am apart of otherwise know as Creeps. Up against PVRIS who I am a casual fan of, ultimately out of all the bands on this list for Most Dedicated Fanbase, I feel as if I am the biggest fan of New Years Day for this category and being in the Fanbase I think that Creeps have the characteristics of dedication and support towards the bans too.
Album Of The Year:
- All Time Low – Future Hearts
- August Burns Red – Found In Far Away Places
- Bring Me The Horizon – That’s The Spirit
- Knuckle Puck – Copacetic
- Marilyn Manson – The Pale Emperor
- Neck Deep – Life’s Not Out To Get You
- Sleeping With Sirens – Madness
- State Champs – Around The World And Back
- The Maine – American Candy
- Twenty One Pilots – Blurryface
Evidentially the most longest category for this years APMA’s this translated in an even harder desk jim needed to be made. Ultimately in the end, I chose Blurryface by popular musical duo, Twenty One Pilots. I chose them because as a band I believe that Twenty One Pilots have has a phenomenal amount of success especially in the sales and attention that Blurryface has ben inundated with because it is a solidly phenomenal album. Also I feel as if the fan base the skeleton clique has grown significantly throughout the rising popularity of the band and the album and to add to this I believe that they deserve even more recognition in the form of this prestigious award.
Artists Of The Year:
- All Time Low
- Fall Out Boy
- Motionless In White
- Panic! At the Disco
- Real Friends
- Sleeping With Sirens
- Twenty One Pilots
Yet another extended category for a very paramount award, even though all the names up there I do recognise and relate to musically, for my based on this year alone and looking back at all the bands achievements and what they have done in the music industry, Panic! At The Disco deserves my vote entirely with good reason. The numerous reasons for why I voted for Panic! was because at the beginning of the year, a long awaited album from Panic! At The Disco was released titles Death Of A Bachelor, which proved to be mega successful especially because it was frontman Brendon Urie’s individual work. Plus with it being my first time seeing Panic! in concert this year, it is certainly justifiable from personal experience and evidence that in my eyes Panic! At The Disco’s hardwork should be payed off by receiving this award.
Best Music Video:
- Twenty One Pilots – “Stressed Out”
- All Time Low – “Something’s Gotta Give”
- Panic! At the Disco – “Emperors New Clothes”
- State Champs – “If I’m Lucky”
- The Wonder Years – “Cardinals”
- August Burns Red – “Identity”
Considering who I have been voting for in previous categories, it was All Time Low’s time in the spotlight to get a opportunity at receiving one of my votes. Up against my most favourite bands in this section, Panic! At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots to be as balanced as possible and because the concept of The members of All a Time Low dressed as zombies appealed to me, the music video for “Something’s Gotta Give” won.
And that concludes who I have voted for in preparation for this years Alternative Press Music awards taking place on 18th July this year. If you have votes already you may be able to notice that I haven’t covered every single category because in some of the categories I either somehow cannot remember clearly who I cast my vote for or mainly because in some category’s the nominees I was unfortunately not aware of whilst in the process of voting.
Be sure to make your voice heard in the APMA’s this year by following the link below to cast your very own vote and like me if you have proudly completed the voting, anytime drop me a comment under this blog post to tell me your thought and opinions about anything in relation to the Alternative Press Music Awards and also drop a comment saying who you have voted to be the APMA’s president either Jack Barrakat or Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low.