Traditionally held in the iconic Roundhouse in Camden, London, this prestigious rock'n'roll awards ceremony is coming to America for the first time on Tuesday, November 4. A celebration of some of the world's most influential and respected musicians in rock, is set to take place at the Avalon, Hollywood's historic night club and music venue.
To kick things off for 2014, Sammy Hagar will serve as this year's host. Globally known as the "Red Rocker", Hagar is a Grammy award-winning vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and musician, a #1 New York Times Best Selling author, and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throughout his prolific 40-year-career as a solo artist and as a member of the groups Montrose, Van Halen and Chickenfoot, Hagar has sold more than 60 million records. In addition to his musical endeavors, Hagar is also an auspicious entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the founder of world-renowned Cabo Wabo tequila, Sammy's Beach Bar Rum (an official sponsor of the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour), eight restaurants, the "Acoustic For A Cure" benefit concert and supports several children's charities and food relief organizations. Along with hosting the 2014 Classic Rock Awards, Hagar is currently on his "A Journey Through The History Of Rock" tour, working on a new Chickenfoot album, as well as a new solo acoustic album. Previous hosts have included Alice Cooper, Gene Simmons and Duff Mckagan.
"The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour is one of music's coolest and most prestigious events in the U.K. so I'm really excited to be hosting it for the first time in the U.S.," said Sammy Hagar. "My goal is to keep it fun and filled with so many off-the-hook music moments that we put it on the map alongside the Grammys, VMAs and other awards ceremonies."
Today, Classic Rock Magazine announced the nominees for this year's awards including the listener and fan-voted categories:
Best New Band - Awarded to the best new rock band
The Cadillac Three
The Golden Grass
Band Of The Year - Awarded to the most exciting rock band
The Black Keys
Guns N' Roses
Queen + Adam Lambert
Film Of The Year
Inside Llewyn Davis
Joe Bonamassa – Tour De Force: Live In London
Metallica – Through The Never
Rolling Stones – Sweet Summer Sun, Hyde Park Live
Supermensch – The Legend Of Shep Gordon
The Doors – R-Evolution
Album Of The Year
Augustines – Augustines
Black Stone Cherry – Magic Mountain
Bruce Springsteen – High Hopes
California Breed – California Breed
Judas Priest – Redeemer Of Souls
Motörhead – Aftershock
Pearl Jam – Lightning Bolt
Rival Sons – Great Western Valkyrie
The Black Keys – Turn Blue
The Temperance Movement – The Temperance Movement
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers – Hypnotic Eye
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltrey – Going Back Home
Reissue Of The Year Awarded to the best-embellished reissue
The Beatles – The US Albums
Deep Purple – Made In Japan: Deluxe Edition
Kiss – 40th Anniversary Kissteria Vinyl Boxset
Led Zeppelin – I, II & III Deluxe Editions
Pink Floyd – The Division Bell: 20th Anniversary Edition
Ramones – The Sire Years 1976-1981
Soundgarden – Superunknown: 20th Anniversary Edition
The Clash – Sound System Boxset
Velvet Underground – White Light/White Heat Super Deluxe Box Set
Yes – The Studio Albums 1969-1987
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Major Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Medium Market)
Classic Rock Radio Station Of The Year (Small Market)
The all-important listener and fan votes can be cast now at www.classicrockmagazine.com/awards.
Additionally, U.S. radio listeners will be able to vote on their Classic Rock radio stations' websites, via a sponsored digital banner which will be made available by Krantz Media Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group (KMG) and digital partners TUNEGENIE and Classics Du Jour. AdLarge Media will be exclusively responsible for radio advertising sponsorship sales. Fans also can vote for their favourite Classic Rock radio station. Radio station winners will be recognized in the Major Market, Medium Market, and Small Market categories. More details on U.S. listener voting will be provided shortly.
Voting will close on Wednesday, October 22.
For one night only, Classic Rock Magazine plays host to some of the world's most renowned rock legends. This exclusive evening welcomes some 400 artists, industry figureheads and VIPs with a champagne reception and a three course dinner, followed by the presentation of the awards themselves. The evening culminates with a live performance. The evening's main award, The Living Legend, will be announced soon and has previously been won by Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Lemmy, Ozzy Osbourne, Rush, Jeff Beck, ZZ Top and Iggy Pop.
Reflecting the explosive growth of the Classic Rock brand, the event has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the rare 'must dos' on the rock calendar. It has consistently attracted A-List guests, including Black Sabbath, Jimmy Page, Alice Cooper, Slash, Rush, ZZ Top, Jeff Beck, Brian May, The Who, Gene Simmons, Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Rob Halford and Paul Stanley among many others, as well as live performances from Jeff Beck with special guests, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Rival Sons and Zakk Wylde.
Further illustrating the brand's growth, TeamRock Games will be launching the official Classic Rock Roll Of Honour Trivia Game on September 1, giving players the chance to win a VIP trip for two to Los Angeles with flights and hotel accommodations included, along with tickets to the awards and after show party.
This really is the ultimate in rock'n'roll awards and as such will be broadcast in the U.S. on radio exclusively through KMG Networks, a division of Krantz Media Group, it's national programming partner VH1 Radio, producer of "On Tap with Nik Carter," Vh1 Classic Rock Prep and Vh1 Rock Prep, and KMG's advertising sales partner Adlarge Media. In the U.K., it is broadcast on TeamRock Radio. Check out highlights from past Classic Rock Awards here: http://bit.ly/1qVqXoT.
Orange Amplification returns for a fifth year as a major partner in presenting the Classic Rock Roll Of Honour. Joining them are new sponsors MixRadio, official hotel partners, the Sunset Marquis Hotel . Restaurant . Spa, Universal Music Group and Sammy's Beach Bar Rum.
Be sure to pick up ANONYMOUS, the novel that Publishers Weekly hailed as a "well-crafted piece of experimental, voyeuristic fiction..." and "a winning jumble of the gritty, the raw, and the grotesque" at http://www.tanamor.com/p/anonymous.html.