Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage and Avenged Sevenfold were among the big winners at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards in London on Monday night (16Jun14). Singer Bruce Dickinson's group was named Best U.K. Band, while Avenged Sevenfold and Killswitch Engage picked up Best International Band and Best Live Band, respectively.
There were also big wins for Devil You Know, Alter Bridge star Mark Tremonti and veterans Michael Schenker and Hanoi Rocks, while Star Wars icon Dave Prowse was handed the Spirit of Hammer Award for his portrayal of Darth Vader.
The Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2014 winners list is:
Best New Band - Devil You Know
Dimebag Darrell Shredder Award - Misha Mansoor of Periphery
Breakthrough Artist - Of Mice & Men
Best Underground Band - Wardruna
Best U.K. Band - Iron Maiden
Best Live Band - Killswitch Engage
Best International Band - Avenged Sevenfold
Global Metal Act - Orphaned Land & Khalas
Riff Lord - Mark Tremonti of Alter Bridge
King Of The Internet - Devin Townsend
Inspiration Award - Hanoi Rocks
Album Of The Year - The Satanist by Behemoth
Icon Award - Michael Schenker
Spirit Of Hammer - Dave Prowse
The Golden God Award - Mikael Akerfeldt of Opeth
Game Of The Year - Grand Theft Auto V
Video Of The Year - Party Like It's The End Of The World by Steel Panther
Singer/songwriter Ray Kennedy has died, aged 67. A member of Dick Clark’s American Bandstand house band, the multi-instrumentalist hit the road as a touring members of groups led by Dizzy Gillespie, Gene Krupa, Little Richard and Otis Redding.
He hit it big in the mid-1960s after signing a deal with Atlantic Records as half of the duo Jon and Ray.
Kennedy and partner Jon Misland worked with producers like Phil Spector and Arif Mardin, but failed to release an album.
The singer went solo after working with Group Therapy on two late 1960s albums, and found success as a songwriter, working with the likes of the Beach Boys (Sail On, Sailor).
He also co-founded KGB with Barry Goldberg and Michael Bloomfield.
Kennedy spent the 1980s as a solo artist and session musician, contributing to the music for the 1988 Olympics and touring with Aerosmith and the Michael Schenker Group.
He also worked with Englebert Humperdinck, Wayne Newton and Mick Fleetwood - he co-wrote These Strange Times for Fleetwood Mac.