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Gene Simmons to Receive Golden God Award

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Nominees for the fourth annual Revolver Golden God awards were announced on Wednesday, with Kiss‘s Gene Simmons named this year’s Golden God for embodying the “spirit of hard rock and metal.”  Alice Cooper, Zakk Wylde and Wendy Dio (wife of the late Ronnie James Dio) were all part of the Los Angeles press conference.

The Apr. 11 award show will be available on Xbox Live, as well as the Revolver and Xbox Facebook pages. Slash, Sixx: A.M. and Marilyn Manson are amongst the scheduled performers. The show will once again be hosted by WWE wrestler Chris Jericho.

Fans can vote on categories like Best Guitarist, Album of the Year, and Comeback of the Year at GoldenGodsAwards.com until Apr. 1. Amongst the classic rock nominees are Guns N’ Roses and Judas Priest for Best Live Band, Slash and Eddie Van Halen for Riff Lord, and Van Halen for Comeback of the Year.

Simmons will join previous Golden God Award recipients like Cooper, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. “It’s an honor and privilege to accept the Golden God Award,” he said in a press release. “A God is only as powerful as the faithful who worship him. Signed GOD OF THUNDER.”

Best Guitarist
Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)
Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)
Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)
Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)
Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)
Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)

Best Drummer
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)
Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)
Chris Adler (Lamb of God)
Brann Dailor (Mastodon)
Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)

Best Vocalist
Sebastian Bach
Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)
James Durbin
Amy Lee (Evanescence)
Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)
Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Album of the Year
Anthrax, ‘Worship Music’
Evanescence, ‘Evanescence’
Five Finger Death Punch, ‘American Capitalist’
Foo Fighters, ‘Wasting Light’
Korn, ‘The Path of Totality’
Lamb of God, ‘Resolution’

Best Live Band
Avenged Sevenfold
Foo Fighters
Guns N’ Roses
Judas Priest
Seether
Tool

Most Metal Athlete
Gina Carano (MMA fighting)
Brian Deegan (pro motocross)
Evan Longoria (MLB baseball)
Dirk Nowitzki (NBA basketball)
Mitch Petrus (NFL football)
CM Punk (WWE wrestling)

Comeback of the Year
Anthrax
Dream Theater
Evanescence
Ministry
Slipknot
Van Halen

Riff Lord
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)
Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)
Munky (Korn)
Slash
Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)
Paul Gray

Best Bassist
Frank Bello (Anthrax)
Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot)
Fieldy (Korn)
David Ellefson (Megadeth)
Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.)
Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen)

Best International Band
Behemoth
Lacuna Coil
Rammstein
Sepultura
Meshuggah
X Japan

Most Dedicated Fans
Asking Alexandria
Avenged Sevenfold
Black Veil Brides
Evanescence
Falling in Reverse
HIM

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