Metallica, Deftones, Halestorm, Slipknot + More Win at Golden Gods Awards
The biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal gathered in Los Angeles, Calif. for the fifth annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards last night (May 2). Artists who took trophies home included metal titans Metallica, Deftones, and Device among others.
Fozzy frontman and WWE Superstar Chris Jericho once again hosted the night’s festivities. Metallica were given the prestigious “Ronnie James Dio Lifetime Achievement Award” and closed out the night with a four-song set. Rob Halford joined the band onstage during their cover of Judas Priest’s “Rapid Fire.”
Another legend who took home a trophy was Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi, who was presented with the “Riff Lord Award”. Rob Zombie was this year’s “Golden God” recipient while Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead nabbed “Best Bassist” honors. Other winners included Deftones who won “Album of the Year” for Koi No Yokan, Halestorm’s Arejay Hale for “Best Drummer,” and Device for “Best New Talent.” Corey Taylor was the only multi-winner with “Best Vocalist” and “Best Live Band” for Slipknot.
Hearts were heavy at the ceremony when news broke about the passing of Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman due to liver failure. While presenting the “Best Live Band” award, fellow Slayer bandmate Kerry King led a “moment of noise” in honor of his friend.
“I thought ‘should I do a moment of silence?’ Then I thought, ‘F**k no.’ This is the Golden Gods, man,” King told the audience. “Jeff Hanneman, he played in Slayer. He does not want a moment of silence, Jeff wants a moment of f**king noise. If you have a drink raise it up, if you have fists raise it up, and tip one back to our fallen brother.”