The 2017 Loudwire Music Awards will be here before you know it and we've revealed a few more items that are certain to interest rock and metal fans. First off, the Loudwire Music Awards has teamed with the Berklee College of Music and Metal Blade Records for the first ever Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Summit on Oct. 24. And it's also been confirmed that Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and SiriusXM's Jose Mangin will co-host the Loudwire Music Awards "black carpet" festivities.

The Summit includes a series of three panels that will feature Sammy Hagar, Rob Halford, Steve Vai, Brendon Small, Rex Brown, Alex Skolnick, Frank Bello and Blasko, among others taking place at the Grammy Museum just before the official Loudwire Music Awards concert and ceremony, which will kick off at 7PM PT next door at the Novo.

These three free panels are designed to hit on hot-button issues for artists in the industry today, giving these rock icons and industry pros the chance to share their opinions. The first panel is titled "Streaming for Vengeance." It's set to take place from 12 noon to 1:15PM and centers on the future of music creation and streaming technology. Guitar great Steve Vai and Galaktikon's Brendon Small will head up the panel with more to be announced, while Panos Panay of the Berklee College of Music will moderate.

"Berklee is thrilled to be presenting the 'Streaming for Vengeance' panel at the 2017 Loudwire Music Awards Hard Rock and Heavy Metal Summit. At this critical juncture of the music industry, nothing is more important than discussing, debating and envisioning the future of artist compensation and music consumption," says Panay, the VP of Innovation and Strategy at the Berklee College of Music.


The second panel, titled "Surviving the Music Industry," will take place from 1:15PM to 2:30PM at the Grammy Museum with Pantera legend Rex Brown, Testament guitarist Alex Skolnick, Anthrax bassist Frank Bello and Ozzy Osbourne bassist Blasko taking part. Metal Blade Records CEO and founder Brian Slagel will moderate the discussion, which is being presented by Metal Blade.

“Super excited to be working with out friends at Loudwire on a great panel and events for the Awards. We hope to give you guys some great insight and info from all our years of experience. This all should make for a memorable event,” says Slagel.


And finally, Loudwire's own Graham Hartmann will do a live Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction for those in attendance with Judas Priest's Rob Halford and Sammy Hagar taking part. This runs from 2:30PM to 3:45PM, with the two rock and metal legends breaking down the truths and falsehoods of what's included on their Wikipedia page.


The Hard Rock & Heavy Metal Summit is free and open to the public, but seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Loudwire Music Awards VIP ticket holders will be given priority seating at the summit. Registration on Eventbrite is required for ALL summit attendees, including Loudwire Music Awards VIP ticket holders. To register, click here and to purchase Loudwire Music Awards VIP packages click here.

In other news related to the Loudwire Music Awards, it's been announced that Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta and SiriusXM's Jose Mangin will co-host the Loudwire Music Awards "Black Carpet" pre-show form the L.A. Live Plaza in downtown Los Angeles. Jamey and Jose will be interviewing this year's nominees, honorees, performers and special guests.

Among those already confirmed for performances at the ceremony include Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, Anthrax, Nothing More, Body Count, Halestorm, Starset, Power Trip and a special guest performance by Judas Priest's Rob Halford. In addition, Sammy Hagar will receive the Humanitarian Award at the ceremony, while Halford will be honored with "the Lemmy" Lifetime Achievement Award and Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi is receiving the Courage Award.

Fozzy frontman and WWE superstar Chris Jericho is the Loudwire Music Awards host, while presenters include Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Vinnie Paul, John 5, Rex Brown, Brendon Small, Brian Posehn, Chuck Billy, Alex Skolnick, members of As Lions, August Burns Red, Avatar, Beartooth, Butcher Babies, Crown the Empire, Ded, Demon Hunter, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Hellyeah, Hollywood Undead, Ice Nine Kills, Huntress, L.A. Guns, New Years Day, Of Mice & Men, Pop Evil, Powerflo, Prayers, Quiet Riot, Red Fang, Royal Thunder, Steel Panther, Stitched Up Heart, Sum 41, Sylar, Wage War and many more.

Voting for the Loudwire Music Awards is currently under way at this location through Oct. 2. Head to the Loudwire Awards website for additional voting and buy tickets here.

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