Katie attended last night’s ceremony for us, and will have some words of her own in due course (though it sounds like she enjoyed herself!). In the meantime, here’s the official rundown of the winners in all categories.
Brighton five-piece Architects scooped Best Album for All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us, while legendary metal band Black Sabbath landed Best UK Band in the year they wrapped up their farewell tour. For Architects, frontman Sam Carter dedicated the victory for All Our Gods… to their much-missed guitarist Tom Searle.
On an emotional night which celebrated the best talent on and off the stage across Heavy Music, respected photographer Ashley Maile was posthumously presented The H – a special recognition award presented for outstanding positive contribution to the heavy music scene.
Mr Maile – who photographed major rock stars including Slash, Ozzy Osbourne and James Hetfield – passed away in 2013 following a battle with cancer, aged 36.
The event – packed to the rafters with the heavy music industry’s great and good – saw performances from four of Britain’s hottest new bands – Creeper, Venom Prison, Vukovi and Dead!.
Heavy Music Awards 2017 – The Winners
BEST ALBUM presented by EMP
Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us
BEST UK BAND presented by UPRAWR
BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by PPL
BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment
BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London
BEST ALBUM ARTWORK presented by The Pit
Ghost – Popestar (Zbigniew M Bielak)
BEST PRODUCER presented by Believe
Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
BEST PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Olympus
BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars
BEST VENUE presented by Scuzz
O2 Academy, Brixton
The Heavy Music Awards 2017 was sponsored by EMP, House of Vans London, Scuzz, UPRAWR, PPL, Eagle Rock Entertainment, The Pit, Believe, Olympus, Jackson Guitars, BIMM, Cloven Hoof Rum and Rocksteady Music School.