2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards Return With New Name, Venue
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and SiriusXM's Jose Mangin will serve as co-hosts.
After a yearlong hiatus, the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards — co-hosted by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and SiriusXM personality Jose Mangin — is returning with a new name and a new location.
Formerly known as the Revolver Golden God Awards, the awards show will be held Dec. 13 at New York’s Webster Hall. Since their inception in 2009, the awards have been held in Los Angeles. They grew into a Black Carpet (metal's version of the red carpet) event attended by metal’s biggest stars, from Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne, Metallica and Slayer to Slipknot, Guns N' Roses, Ronnie James Dio and Motley Crue. After going on hiatus in 2015, the event will be held on the East Coast for the first time. The show's move to New York was described in a press release as “a logical relocation” since Manhattan, a hard-rock mecca, is also where metal magazine Revolver is headquartered.
Revolver manager of sales and business development Chris Enriquez exclusively tells Billboard, "2015 was a transitional time for Revolver with a new team in place, so we needed to really take a step back from the awards show to make sure that when we did decide to bring it back, it was done the right way. That time really enabled us to plan properly and make sure that we could bring it back in the best way possible. We couldn’t be more proud of what we are delivering on Dec. 13 at Webster Hall in New York City and honestly couldn't have pulled it off without really taking our time. We know our audience will not be disappointed."
So far, Megadeth has been announced as the headliner, with Zakk Wylde, Lacuna Coil and Stitched Up Heart also scheduled to perform. There will be a Fallen Heroes All-Star Jam that will include such stars as Ace Frehley, Bumblefoot, Pop Evil and Butcher Babies. More performances will be announced in the run-up to the event, which will be live-streamed by Twitch TV, as well as through the Guitar World and Revolver websites, Facebook Live and YouTube channels, and SiriusXM’s Liquid Metal.
"It’s an honor to be chosen to host the Revolver Music Awards this year. My co-host, Jose Mangin, and I are stoked and hope to live up to our predecessors,” Mustaine tells Billboard. “2016 has been tremendous for me, and this is a fitting climax, being able to hand down awards to my peers and our genre’s new blood. Let the festivities begin!"
The Epiphone Revolver Music Awards honor musicians in the hard-rock/metal genre. Its fan-voted categories include Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best Vocalist and Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist, which is named in memory of former Pantera guitarist Darrell “Dimebag” Abbott. Nominees for album of the year are Deftones' Gore, Megadeth's Dystopia, Meshuggah's The Violent Sleep of Reason, Metallica's Hardwired… to Self-Destruct and Volbeat's Seal the Deal & Let’s Boogie.