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The Kerrang! Awards 2012

8th June 2012

Pictures have circulated on Download looking soggy and pond like (theses turned out to be fakes – depicting Glasto 2005) and the rain continues on. However, rock doesn’t stop for a bit of rain, and the Kerrang! Awards last night were the perfect mix of old rock meets new nu metal/ pop punk/ screamo.

Kerrang! is always on the pulse of what is happening right now. Maybe it doesn’t have an eye on the future- that’s why you get those who sneer at it’s cover – ‘Black Veil Brides? They are just so…Popular.’ But look who is selling magazines. If you want to know who is selling records, look at Kerrang!
If you want to know more about guys in trilbies with ‘The’ names and more flop in their fringe than an Oxford graduate, look at NME.

Stuffed with the posters you want on your walls and the music you want to read about, the Kerrang! winners are going to be well known, popular in the pop-rock scene and are a good indication of what’s working, right this minute. So who won what? Roll the list.

Best British newcomer- While She Sleeps
Kerrang! service to rock-Tenacious D
Best single- Black Veil Brides – Rebel Love Song
The devotion award-The Blackout
Kerrang! service to metal- Andy Copping – Download festival
Best video- Bring Me The Horizon
Best live band-Enter Shikari
Best international band-My Chemical Romance
Best British band-You Me At Six
Kerrang! Hall of fame-Machine Head
Kerrang! Icon-Slash
Kerrang! Inspiration-Black Sabbath

What a perfect mix. You have Black Sabbath and Slash sandwiched between ‘teenagers’ anthemic leaders MCR and the emo lite You Me At Six with the bonus appearance from ‘everyone loves them, surely- even your dad’ Tenacious D. Enter Shikari are the kind of band who will always get a mention here, having the edge of the synth and keyboard that makes them edgy enough to add in a new element to the rock scene –because who wants a whole list of winners from the pop punk genre, and who wants a whole host of 80’s rock bands to win? The mix is the key to the freshness of these awards, and why the have a huge appeal.
The Kerrang! awards always come under a bit of stick for their choices, but for GB Posters this was a solid choice and a roundup of some great talent, old and new.