Following current official government advice requesting people to avoid non-essential travel and non-essential social contact – organisers have taken the decision to temporarily postpone the Heavy Music Awards 2020 until Thursday 3 September 2020 at London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town. The safety of the fans, artists, partners and dedicated crew who make it all possible will always be our primary concern.

The voting window has been extended until Friday 5 June, all votes already cast will, of course, remain valid. If you’ve yet to vote and enter the ballot for tickets to HMA20, you can do so here.

Nominees for the 2020 Awards include:

Best Album
Babymetal – Metal Galaxy
Bring Me The Horizon – amo
Dinosaur Pile-Up – Celebrity Mansions
Sleep Token – Sundowning
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
Tool – Fear Inoculum
While She Sleeps – So What?

Best UK Band
Bring Me The Horizon
Bury Tomorrow
Employed To Serve
Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
Venom Prison
While She Sleeps

Best International Band
Fever 333
Parkway Drive
Stray From The Path
The Interrupters

Best Festival
2000 Trees
Bloodstock Open Air
Hellfest Open Air
Download Festival
Slam Dunk Festival

For the full list of nominations, click here.


I have an unhealthy obsession with bad horror movies, the song Wanted Dead Or Alive and crap British game shows. I do this not because of the sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll lifestyle it affords me but more because it gives me an excuse to listen to bands that sound like hippos mating.