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Join the Official Pre-Party for Gibson Brands AP MUSIC AWARDS!


 Awards Are Fueled by Monster Energy Drink and Pre-Party Features Headliners AGAINST ME! @ House of Blues Cleveland

July 21, 2014 @ the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, OH


 Whom Do You Think Should Win? VOTE HERE!




The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, is pleased to announce an exciting addition to this year’s festivities ~ the official APMAs pre-party! The party will take place on July 20th at the Scene Stage at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum at North Coast Harbor in AP’s hometown of Cleveland and will feature headliners Against Me! with supporting performances from Jenny Owen Youngs and Creepoid. Doors open at 7:00pm and the show begins at 8:00pm; tickets are on sale for only $18 in advance and $20 at the door! Order yours now via

This news comes in right on the heels of last week’s massive announcement of new APMAs appearances. Joining the already star-studded list of special appearances are Paramore, Yellowcard, Billy Corgan, We Came As Romans, Chiodos, Miss May I and Issues. These world-renowned artists share an impressive combined 19 Alternative Press Magazine covers and more than 5 million-plus in U.S. album sales between them. Additionally, Machine Gun Kelly, previously announced as a special appearance, will now be performing live at the APMAs, making this an absolutely must-see event.


THIS JUST IN!  idobi Radio has just been added as this year’s official radio station of the APMAs! idobi will give fans an inside look at the awards show leading up to the festivities ~ so stay tuned for VIP ticket giveaways, a live broadcast from the red carpet, and special site content, all leading up to the APMAS idobi Radio Weekend with performances, exclusive backstage interviews, and more! “We’ve got a golden ticket to the APMAS…” and it could be yours! Stay tuned to idobi Radio and



Misfits ~ Photo by Francois Poulin for FW

The Gibson Brands AP Music Awards, fueled by Monster Energy Drink, will take place on July 21, 2014, held. In its inaugural year, the APMAs will be hosted by six-time AP cover star Mark Hoppus (Blink-182) and will feature performances from A Day To Remember, All Time Low, Asking Alexandria, Fall Out Boy, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Machine Gun Kelly, the Misfits, Sleeping With Sirens, twenty one pilots and Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco, with more to be announced.



Korn ~ Photo by SethM for FW

As suggested above, other confirmed artists making appearances include Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides), Billy Corgan, Chiodos, Laura Jane Grace (Against Me!), I See Stars, Ice-T & Coco, Issues, Korn, Memphis May Fire, Miss May I, Motionless In White, Frankie Palmeri (Emmure), Paramore, We Came As Romans and Yellowcard, with more to be announced. Cleveland’s 115-piece Contemporary Youth Orchestra will be performing throughout the APMAs, both independently and through unique artist collaborations.


Tickets are on sale now for $69.99, a price which includes a ticket to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum to be used that same day, and can be purchased online at Fans that purchase VIP and Monster Energy Drink ticket packages will be invited to a pre-show boat party on the Goodtimes III, located right behind the Rock Hall. The boat sets sail at 1:30pm and will include performances by Issues, Ghost Town and Marmozets, three bands recently featured in AP’s 100 Bands You Need To Know In 2014 special edition issue.


APMAs digital media partner AXS TV will broadcast the event, beginning at 8pm ET/5pm PT on July 21. The broadcast will also include exciting highlights from the red carpet pre-show (co-hosted by Automatic Loveletter frontwoman/ “The Voice” Season Two runner-up Juliet Simms plus a very special guest to be announced soon), and will feature footage from the aforementioned VIP boat party.


Joan Jett ~ Photo by Francois Poulin for FW

Joan Jett ~ Photo by Francois Poulin for FW

While there will be loads of action onscreen, AXS TV will also be taking the party online. Viewers can head to to watch exclusive behind-the-scenes videos and view photos. Fans can also take part in live polls and get involved on social media. Plus, fans can enter to win awesome prizes, such as a one-year subscription to Alternative Press Magazine, Gibson Brands guitars and merchandise, and Monster Energy Drink swag.


Fourteen awards in total will be handed out at the APMAs, including Album Of The Year presented by Journeys, Artist Of The Year presented by Monster Energy Drink, Song of the Year presented by Epitaph Records, Best Guitarist presented by Gibson, Best Drummer presented by DW Drums, Best International Band presented by Zepeda Brothers Productions and Most Dedicated Fans presented by Fearless Records, along with an Icon Award presented by Blackstar Amps honoring Joan Jett and a Vanguard Award honoring Billy Corgan. Fans can cast their votes in 12 different categories at Voting ends July 15.

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To view a full list of award categories and nominees, please visit