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Heavy Music Awards 2023: Winners

Last night, the 17 winners of the UK’s Heavy Music Awards 2023 were announced.

This year’s edition of the event was a record-breaking ordeal (it is the biggest rock awards event in history, after all.) and took place in front of an audience of nearly 5,000 people–fans, artists, and industry personnel alike. The different categories highlight a variety of both emerging and established talent from all across the rock and metal scene.

Now, you might be wondering–did your favorites win this year?

Let’s find out.

Heavy Music Awards 2023: Artists

Best UK Artist: Sleep Token

Listen to the new Sleep Token album:

Best UK Breakthrough Artist: As December Falls

Get to know As December Falls:

Best International Artist: Halestorm

Check out Halestorm’s new single, featuring Ashley McBryde:

Best International Breakthrough Artist: Scene Queen

Listen to Scene Queen:

Heavy Music Awards 2023: Albums & Singles

Best Album: Bad Omens – THE DEATH OF PEACE OF MIND

Listen to 2023’s best album:

Best Breakthrough Album: Charlotte Sands – Love and Other Lies

Check out 2023’s best breakthrough album:

Best Album Artwork: Malevolence – Malicious Intent

Best artwork… but also some great tunes:

Best [Album] Production: VUVOKI – NULA

Check out the VUVOKI album:

Best Single: Enter Shikari – “The Void Stares Back (Ft. Wargasm)”

Listen to 2023’s best single:

Best Video: Motionless in White – “Werewolf”

Watch the video:

Heavy Music Awards 2023: Live Performances, Events + More

Best UK Live Artist: Skindred

Check out Skindred’s set from Bloodstock 2021, via YouTube:

Best International Live Artist: Electric Callboy

Check out Electric Callboy’s set from Summer Breeze 2022, via YouTube:

Best Breakthrough Live Artist: Static Dress

Check out Static Dress performing “fleahouse” live, via YouTube:

Best Festival: Download Festival

Check out this year’s lineup; the festival will be running June 8-11.

The H: Teddy Rocks Festival

Presented for exceptional positive contribution to the heavy music scene.”

This year, Teddy Rocks raised £85,968.00 for charity.

Read the full message from the festival’s director here.

Pioneer: Biffy Clyro

Awarded for groundbreaking approach to artistry and presentation.”

Check ’em out:

Icon: Daniel P. Carter

Presented for exceptional long-standing positive contribution to the heavy music scene.”

Find his BBC Radio 1 show here.


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