NEWS: The ALTERNATIVE PRESS MUSIC AWARDS Announce New Performers + Icon, Vanguard Awards

June 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

With the big night right around the corner, the 2017 Journeys Alternative Press Music Awards, Fueled by Monster Energy are thrilled to announce even more performances and special guests appearing at this year's main event! The show will feature a special one-time performance billed as PUNK GOES POP LIVE!, spotlighting surprise performances from various artists featured on Fearless Records' Punk Goes Pop Vol. 7. The album will be released July 14; digital and physical pre-orders are available here.


In celebration of this special performance, Fearless Records is giving one winner and a friend a chance to win a flyaway for two to the Alternative Press Music Awards, a one-year subscription to Alternative Press and an Amazon Echo (grand prize valued at $3,500). Submit your entry here before July 2 for a chance to win.


Also joining this year's diverse assortment of APMAs performers are GRAMMY® nominated rock band Plain White T's playing a stripped-down rendition of their platinum-selling hit "Hey There Delilah," and hard rock heavyweights Nothing More. Alternative music's biggest night will also feature a special guest performance from dynamic frontwoman Lzzy Hale of furious rockers Halestorm.


In addition, more special guests have been announced! Viewers can expect to see appearances from Patty Walters of As It Is, Attila, Avatar, Ollie Baxxter of Broadside, Chad I Ginsburg of CKY, Creeper, Dance Gavin Dance, Grayscale, Hands Like Houses, I Prevail, I See Stars, Jeffree Star, Juliet Simms, LIGHTS, Lynn Gunn of PVRIS, SWMRS, State Champs, Corey Taylor of Slipknot/Stone Sour, Sleep On It, members of Sum 41, William Control andDan "Soupy" Campbellof the Wonder Years.


To be a part of history at the Alternative Press Music Awards, get your tickets here! Tickets are available now, with a limited number of VIP packages remaining. In honor of their 32nd birthday, AP has discounted tickets available for the APMAs, but for a limited time only. As our special gift to fans, these low prices will be offered throughout the rest of the month and start at just $15.


The APMAs will once again broadcast live internationally. Details on streaming to come next week.


The APMAs are also pleased to honor three of today's biggest and most influential musicians with the event's top honors. Multi-platinum GRAMMY® winning hard rock/metal legends Korn will take home the Vanguard Award, trailblazing musician Laura Jane Grace of critically acclaimed rock band Against Me! will be honored with this year's Icon Award, and Goldfinger frontman and producer John Feldmann will receive the inaugural Influencer Award.


Icon Award, as originally announced by Entertainment Weekly: The APMAs Icon Award is given to an artist or group that has inextricably linked themselves to a defined aspect of the cultural history of rock. The recipient has been recognized by both peers and fans as a foundation for change and inspiration, both sonically and culturally. Laura Jane Grace is the founder and frontwoman of powerful punk band Against Me!, whose strident live performances are the closest thing this generation has gotten to the Clash. By remaining true to her punk-rock ideals and creating stirring anthems transcending generations, Grace has created an awareness of transgender politics and culture in a way that parallels the human condition. She has become a torchbearer for real, unvarnished punk rock and a steadfast advocate for the LGBTQ community.


PVRIS vocalist Lynn Gunn will present Laura Jane Grace with her award. "I'm honored to be presenting such a deserving award to Laura Jane Grace," says Gunn. "I have the utmost respect for her, not only for the paths she's carved in music but also in the LGBTQ community. She is most definitely an icon."


Vanguard Award: The APMAs Vanguard award is bestowed to an artist or group who have contributed groundbreaking works to a music culture. Over time, the recipient has challenged themselves and influenced those around them to re-invent music in the pursuit of the unexplored. Their efforts shatter the status quo and define the foundation for trends within a number of music genres. Over the course of two decades, Korn have not only built a career with their patented rap/metal hybrid, but also have become an enduring sonic force in heavy music. By coupling unvarnished emotions with hard rock, Korn were able to access the angst of a generation, cementing the band's status as bona fide rock legends. They have served as a gateway into heavy music for countless bands across multiple genres, maintaining a hip-hop vibe with a full metal racket.


Corey Taylor, frontman for dynamic rock bands Slipknot and Stone Sour, will present Korn with their award. "Years ago, I was inspired by this crazy band from California. Years later, they became my friends and allies," says Taylor. "Now it's my great pleasure to help honor them for what they've done and have given to the world. It's going to be a great night."


Influencer Award: The Influencer Award is given to someone in the music industry who has changed the landscape sonically, professionally and culturally. This person has acted as an innovator on their own behalf as well as being a creative conduit for others looking to further define their own particular aesthetic. They are the visionaries, they light the fuse: They are the influencers.Few musicians in this scene have attained the kind of success John Feldmann has enjoyed throughout his career. Since Goldfinger cemented themselves as one of the most legendary entries to the third-wave ska movement in the mid-'90s, Feldmann has been a ubiquitous underground heavyweight. He later left his mark on the scene behind the boards, developing young bands such as the Used, Story Of The Year and 5 Seconds Of Summer. Whether working with budding acts or pop-punk legends, Feldmann has been helping bands harness and hone something deep within themselves for nearly 20 years.


This year's Alternative Press Music Awards host - Black Veil Brides frontman, Andy Black mastermind and star of the upcoming film American Satan, Andy Biersack - will bring his love of comedy to life on the main stage. Biersack is nominated for Album Of The Year for his debut solo effort The Shadow Side and Song Of The Year for his dance floor anthem, "We Don't Have To Dance."


There are less than 30 days left to cast your vote for your favorite artists, so be sure to make your voice heard here by June 30. Check out a full list of nominees here.


There are tons of other amazing artists that have been announced to perform, including All Time Low, Against Me!, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness, Bone Thugs, Korn, Machine Gun Kelly, New Years Day, ONE OK ROCK, Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless and Sleeping With Sirens, Waterparks and an epic group drum performance featuring Adrian Young (DREAMCAR, No Doubt) vs. Frank Zummo (Sum 41, Street Drum Corps) and a secret special guest you will not want to miss.


Watch for more details on performers, presenters, red carpet appearances, surrounding events and more.


The 22nd year of punk rock's most enduring tour just kicked off, and we've got the essential guide for any Vans Warped Tour warrior. This year, we're looking backward and forward: We caught up with the frontmen of Attila, Creeper, Dance Gavin Dance, I Prevail, Knocked Loose, Movements and Too Close To Touch to find out their plans for superior rock domination this summer.


Plus, bands who have been a part of Warped history share their stories of that one time at punk-rock summer camp. From horses defecating in the pit (no, really) to setting actual world records, these are VWT's best insider stories. Members of Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Underoath, All Time Low and Good Charlotte, among many others, share their stories! (Spoiler alert: A lot of people were eager to reminisce on Katy Perry's involvement in 2008.) And, we brought back our special Vans Warped Tour coloring pages. Bundles include exclusive merch items from each band, a hand-signed poster from each cover star and both covers. You can pick up the new issue at


About Alternative Press: For over 32 years, Alternative Press continues to be on the forefront of discovering new artists, breaking news and reporting on the latest trends in music and youth culture. Since its early days as a pasted-up fanzine in the mid-'80s, Alternative Press is one of the largest music magazines in the world. AP provides in-depth interviews and exclusive photos, making it an essential collectors piece for a passionate fan base, as well as digitally through various mobile and tablet formats. AP has expanded its digital reach via an enhanced mobile app and, one of the world's fastest-growing websites. The site has become a necessary destination for up-to-the-minute breaking news, coverage from our national APtv correspondents, exclusive multimedia premieres and much more. Additionally, the brand has been successfully extended through live events, beginning with the launch of the AP Tour and the company's inaugural AP Music Award Show, which trended No. 1 worldwide on Twitter and Facebook. Independently owned and operated, AP continues to reach millions of fans, offering them insight to the hottest artists and cultural trends first.


About the APMAs: Each year, the APMAs command a worldwide trending presence- reaching millions of viewers and spurring unprecedented social media frenzy. Former main events have featured performances and appearances by today's biggest rock stars- including Twenty One Pilots (watch "Car Radio" with Issues' Michael Bohnhere), Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy and Hayley Williams of Paramore- as well as musical legends such as Marilyn Manson, Aerosmith's Joe Perry, Slash, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts and Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins. Additionally, the APMAs have presented extraordinary collaborative cover performances, combining the legendary talents of Joan Jett and Slash, Halestorm and Slipknot/Stone Sour vocalist Corey Taylor, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and BABYMETAL and many more (watch performance here). If you missed out on the fun last year, check out the 2016 ultimate highlight reel here.


About Journeys: Journeys is a leader in the teen specialty retail scene, with more than 840 stores in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Canada. Journeys uses fashion savvy and merchandising science to keep in step with the fast-paced footwear and accessories market for 13- to 22-year-old guys and girls. Journeys offers a wide variety of trendy, relevant brands that cater to teens who seek the hottest, new styles. The Journeys store is more than a retail environment; it's an extension of the teen lifestyle. From the plasma TVs playing exclusive content and the latest music videos, to the visual merchandising strategy and promotions, to the employees whose image and style reflect the customers' lifestyle and attitude. In addition, Journeys reaches its customers through &, catalog, national advertising, strategic cross-promotions, social media and grass-roots events like national concert tours and the Vans Warped Tour. Journeys is, in every way, an attitude you can wear!


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