Metallica, Megadeth, Anthrax, Slipknot, Pierce the Veil, and Gojira were among the winners tonight at the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom. Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and SiriusXM's José Mangin hosted the event, which featured live performances by Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Lacuna Coil, Stitched Up Heart and an all-star jam as a finale. Slayer's Dave Lombardo, Killswitch Engage’s Jesse Leach, Gojira's Joe Duplantier, Periphery's Jake Bowen and Matt Halpern, Amaranthe's Elize Ryd, the Misfits' Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz, Meshuggah’s Tomas Haake, Emmure's Frankie Palmieri, and members of the Dillinger Escape Plan and Life of Agony presented or accepted the fan-voted awards, as did actors Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead and Jessica Pimentel of Orange Is the New Black, and former That Metal Show hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine .
A Fallen Heroes All-Star Jam closed the evening. Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Cristina Scabbia (Lacuna Coil), Bumblefoot (Art of Anarchy, Guns 'N Roses), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Jeff Waters (Annihilator), Nick Caggiano (Mutoid Man) honored the late Lemmy Kilmister by performing Motorhead's "Killed by Death." Leigh Kakaty (Pop Evil) and Mike Protich (Red Sun Rising) joined the ensemble to honor the late Scott Weiland by singing Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush." Zakk Wylde performed a solo acoustic version of Black Label Society's "In This River" while the names of many recently deceased musicians were projected onto a screen behind him. Ace Frehley (formerly Kiss) and Jim Root (Slipknot) joined the house band and closed the evening with "New York Groove" and "Cold Gin."
The Epiphone Revolver Music Awards honor musicians in hard rock and heavy metal. Revolver began its awards presentations in 2009 as the Revolver Golden God Awards, and for six years held the awards program in Los Angeles, California. The awards were suspended in 2015. Tonight's renamed awards event was held in New York for the first time.
The 2016 Epiphone Revolver Music Awards winners:
- Lifetime Achievement Award: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine
- Innovator Award: Anthrax
- Album of the Year: Metallica (for Hardwired... To Self Destruct)
- Song of the Year: "Square Hammer" by Ghost
- Best Vocalist: Of Mice & Men's Austin Carlile
- Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro
- Best Drummer: Chris Adler (for Megadeth's Dystopia)
- Paul Gray Best Bassist: Meshuggah's Dick Lövgren
- Best Live Band: Slipknot
- Most Dedicated Fans: Pierce the Veil
- Best Film and/or Video: "Silvera" by Gojira
- Best New Talent: Avatar
- Most Metal Athlete: Baron Corbin, WWE
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and SiriusXM's José Mangin hosted the Epiphone Revolver Music Awards at Webster Hall's Grand Ballroom.
Stitched Up Heart performed "Finally Free", "Catch Me When I Fall" and "Monster."
Chris Adler accepted the Best Drummer award for his work on the Megadeth album Dystopia.
Lacuna Coil performed "Blood, Tears, Dust", "Our Truth" and "The House of Shame."
Ace Frehley presented the Best New Talent award.
Elize Ryd of Amaranthe announced the award for Paul Gray Best Bassist.
Tom Haake of Meshuggah accepted the Paul Gray Best Bassist award on behalf of his band mate, Dick Lövgren.
The Misfits' Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein and Arch Enemy's Alissa White-Gluz presented the Most Metal Athlete award.
Baron Corbin of WWE accepted the Most Metal Athlete award.
Norman Reedus of The Walking Dead introduced the performance by Anthrax.
Anthrax performed "Caught in a Mosh", "Breathing Lightning", "Monster at the End" and "Indians."
Members of the Dillinger Escape Plan presented the Best Vocalist award.
Members of Life of Agony presented the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist award.
Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth accepted the Dimebag Darrell Best Guitarist award.
Justice Mustaine presented the Lifetime Achievement award to his father, Dave Mustaine.
Comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentino, both former co-hosts of That Metal Show, presented the Most Dedicated Fans award.
Megadeth performed "Tornado of Souls", "The Threat Is Real", "Dystopia", "A Tout Le Monde" (with Lacuna Coil's Cristina Scabbia) and "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due."
Jake Bowen and Matt Halpern of Periphery presented the Song of the Year award.
Slayer's Dave Lombardo and Killswitch Engage's Jesse Leach presented the Album of the Year award.
Bumblefoot (Art of Anarchy) and Heidi Shepherd and Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies) were among those that paid tribute to Lemmy Kilmister performing Motorhead's "Killed by Death."
Mike Protich (Red Sun Rising) joined the ensemble to honor the late Scott Weiland by singing Stone Temple Pilots' "Plush."
During the Fallen Heroes finale, Wylde performed a solo acoustic version of Black Label Society's "In This River."
Ace Frehley (ex-Kiss) closed the evening with "New York Groove" and "Cold Gin."