This year’s big Heavy Music Award night celebrated the creativity within the rock, alternative and punk music arena with an online event.

The live stream, hosted by Sophie K and Jon Mahon, boasted some incredible live performances particularly from Holding Absence and Wargasm.

Des Moine’ Slipknot were double winners taking Best International Band and Best Album, for their acclaimed 2019 LP We Are Not Your Kind. Shawn Crahan aka Clown shared his feelings on the wins “It only means what it means when it’s voted by you, the fans, all around the world.”

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Don Broco landed their first Heavy Music Award in this year’s new category, Best Video. for Action. Don Broco frontman Rob Damiani praised both the director Benjamin Roberds and producer Katie Gregg. “We’ve made six videos in total with them, and by far it’s been the best experience we’ve ever had making music videos.”

Sheffield’s glorious Bring Me The Horizon made a bit of Heavy Music Award history by becoming the first artists to retain the Best UK Band award, having first won the coveted trophy in 2019. Rammstein triumphed with their Best Live Band award. In a collective message, the band explained, “It’s always special to receive recognition for doing something you believe in, and when that recognition comes straight from the fans, it means a great deal.”

It was a fierce competition for the UK Breakthrough Band, it was excitingly the Nova Twins that reigned triumphantly. The South London duo, who cut together crafty and intense vocals with punk and a mush of hip-hop, grime and pop to create an infectious mix. Nova Twins’ Amy Love saw the significance of their win: “it’s so incredible for us, especially as women of colour, winning these rock awards because you don’t see it that often. Let’s keep pushing forward, keep diversifying the space – there’s room for everybody.” Bandmate Georgia South added, “It feels like a win for the whole community of POC alternative fans, the LGBT community, any minority group that feels that the doors were not open for them – this is another door open for us all.”

This year’s The H, a special award recognising exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene, was presented to Dom Frazer and Space. Frazer and Space are the husband and wife team behind Guildford’s much-loved Boileroom, a music venue paired with a vibrant creative space that has done a huge amount to empower local and national talent. “We’d like to accept this award on behalf of all of the crews, and all the people who work tirelessly to make our cultural landscape so amazing.” said Frazer, “Keep doing what you’re doing and together we’ll get through this. This means so much. Thank you.”

A full list of winners and the category sponsors:

BEST UK BAND (Presented By Amazon Music UK)
Bring Me The Horizon (RCA Records)

Baroness – Gold and Grey (Abraxan Hymns / Artwork: John Dyer Baizley)

BEST VIDEO (Presented By Moshhh)
Don Broco – Action (SharpTone Records / Director: Benjamin Roberds)

BEST PRODUCER (Presented By AfterLive Music)
Catherine Marks

BEST LIVE BAND (Presented By O2 Forum Kentish Town)
Rammstein (Universal Music)

Ester Segarra

BEST UK BREAKTHROUGH BAND (Presented By Primordial Radio)
Nova Twins (333 Wreckords Crew)

BEST FESTIVAL (Presented By Ticketmaster UK)
Download Festival

Polaris (SharpTone Records)

THE H (Awarded for exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene)
Dom Frazer & Space

Slipknot (Roadrunner Records)

Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind (Roadrunner Records / Producer: Greg Fidelman)

Flick of The Finger would like to send their thanks and best regards to The Heavy Music Awards for staging a great online event. We look forward to 2021 and hope we can again all be together to celebrate the year’s best in rock and metal.

All photography of the Heavy Music Awards 2020 by Tom Russell