Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest were among the winners as the metal world turned out for the 16th annual Metal Hammer Golden God Awards 2018 in association with Monster Energy.
Ozzy Osbourne collected the event’s biggest gong, The Golden God Award, while Parkway Drive closed the night with a live set.
The ceremony took place at Indigo at The O2, London last night (June 11) and Hatebreed frontman Jamey Jasta played host to a venue full of fans.
Metal Hammer Editor, Merlin Alderslade said: “The Golden Gods aren’t just the biggest metal awards on the planet – they’re the only music awards that put our community at the very heart of it all. Thank you to everyone who came out to support the awards and who continue to support the magazine. What a night. Same again next year, yeah?”
Osbourne, who headlined Download Festival over the weekend, said: “What an immense honour it is to be getting a second Golden God Award after Sabbath picked one up last year. The fans who have supported me and this music mean everything to me, which is why getting this award is so special.”
The frontman follows in the footsteps of previous winners including Motörhead’s Lemmy, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Rob Zombie.
Download also won Best Event sponsored by Spinefarm Records.
Joining Parkway Drive in performing on the night were Carpenter Brut, Baroness, Myrkur and Meshuggah.
Elsewhere, Judas Priest took home the award for Best British Band sponsored by Nuclear Blast, Japanese act Lovebites won Best New Band sponsored by Röad Crew and Wolves In The Throne Room won Best Underground Band sponsored by Relapse Records. Maynard James Keenan won the Icon sponsored by Zippo Encore.
Italian metallers won best Live Band sponsored by Monster Energy, Lacuna Coil, while Sweden's Arch Enemy won Best International Band.
This year’s Breakthrough award, sponsored by Sumerian Records, went to Roadrunner Records’ Code Orange, who released their third album, Forever, in 2017.
Best Album sponsored by Roadrunner Records went to Denmark’s Myrkur for her second album, Mareridt.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best New Band sponsored by Röad Crew - Lovebites
Best Underground Band sponsored by Relapse Records - Wolves In The Throne Room
Best British Band sponsored by Nuclear Blast - Judas Priest
Best Live Band sponsored by Monster Energy - Lacuna Coil
Best International Band - Arch Enemy
Best Independent Label - Sumerian Records
Best Event sponsored by Spinefarm Records - Download Festival
Breakthrough sponsored by Sumerian Records - Code Orange
Riff Lord sponsored by Chapman Guitars - Wes Borland
Global Metal sponsored by Century Media - Kaoteon
Inspiration sponsored by uDiscover - Meshuggah
Best Album sponsored by Roadrunner Records - Myrkur Mareridt
Spirit Of Hammer sponsored by Sliptrick Records - Jessica Pimentel
Icon sponsored by Zippo Encore - Maynard James Keenan
Golden God sponsored by LouderSound.com - Ozzy Osbourne