Heavy Music Awards 2023: News

Milestone show, the Heavy Music Awards, coming to Londons iconic OVO Wembley Arena in May

The annual Heavy Music Awards, showcasing and celebrating the leading talent in heavy music, will take place at the OVO Arena in Wembley on the 26th May 2023. This is a major upgrade from the last awards event which took place at the Forum in Kentish Town and promises to the be biggest rock music awards ceremony ever!

Since its inception in 2017, the HMAs has recognised the most influential and groundbreaking creatives in the heavy music landscape and certified itself as a staple of the heavy music awards calendar, with a move to OVO Arena Wembley now cementing the event as the largest rock music awards ceremony ever.

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From humble beginnings, cutting their teeth at the 850-capacity House Of Vans debut in 2017, the HMAs has steadily elevated and grown a zealous fanbase, allowing it to build to this landmark year at the OVO Arena Wembley. The awards are known for highlighting the best in the genre and recognising the most exciting talent in the scene, alongside celebrating the successes of established industry icons. Previous years have supported the breakthrough
careers of Nova Twins, Wargasm, Spiritbox, Cassyette and Hot Milk whilst simultaneously recognising the colossal success of Slipknot, Metallica, Bring Me The Horizon and Enter Shikari in the UK market and beyond.

Historically championing creative efforts across the entire heavy music landscape, the HMA’s expansion to its new home showcases a culture-wide shift, with heavy music being embraced by the mainstream. Over the years, HMA alumni have gone on to incredible critical and commercial success, including the likes of Nova Twins who progressed from the HMA line-up in 2019 to a Times Square billboard in 2021. As well as six-time HMA recipients,
Architects, achieving a coveted UK Number 1 album spot. The illustrious list of past winners and performers, speaks to the HMA’s position as a pioneer of underground talent and key tastemakers in the scene.

In the space of a few short years, the HMA’s and its community have grown exponentially as it continues to celebrate the successes of those who operate within the heavy music world. It has evolved since the beginning, but it will always focus on charity, education, supporting emerging artists, and offering a platform that wholly stands against negativity. Impartiality is also a key component, the awards boast a panel of over a thousand industry insiders and experts nominating the finalists, but the public has the ultimate say on the award winners. This gives the fans a direct hand in shaping the future of their own beloved scene.

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