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Members of Black Veil Brides, the 2011 Golden Gods best new artist winners, at the announcement of the nominees for the 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The awards ceremony will take place on April 11 at Club Nokia.
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Music News: Revolver announces 2012 Golden Gods nominees and performers

The 2012 Revolver Golden Gods Awards nominees and performers were announced Wednesday afternoon in a special press conference held at the Grammy Museum in downtown Los Angeles. Now in its fourth year, the awards show that is dedicated to the world of heavy rock and metal music and presented by Revolver Magazine, announced that this year's event will be held on April 11 at Club Nokia and feature live performances by Marilyn Manson, Slash with Miles Kennedy, Evanescence, SIXX: AM and 2011 Golden Gods best new artist recipients Black Veil Brides.

In the rock star-studded conference, which featured Golden Gods host and WWE pro-wrestler Chris Jericho, Alice Cooper, Munky (Korn), Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society), Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Hellyeah), James Michael (SIXX: AM), Vinny Appice (Heaven and Hell), Black Veil Brides, Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, A7X, Adrenaline Mob), John Moyer (Disturbed, Adrenaline Mob), Michael Starr (Steel Panther), Wendy Dio (wife of the legendary Ronnie James Dio) and pro motocross rider Brian Deegan, it was revealed that this year's actual Golden Gods Award recipient will be Kiss bassist Gene Simmons. Previous Golden Gods Award winners include Alice Cooper, Rob Halford of Judas Priest and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth.

Winners in the 11 categories will be chosen via online fan vote. Voting is open now on Revolver's website through April 1.

Last year, Huntington Beach-based metal outfit Avenged Sevenfold took home four of the five awards it was nominated for including best album for its 2010 release Nightmare. Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance shared the trophy for best guitarist, M. Shadows scored best vocalist, beating out two of the genre's legends, Ozzy Osbourne and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, and Mike Portnoy, who stepped in as a temporary replacement for the late James "The Rev" Sullivan, won best drummer.

Click here for a photo slideshow and video from the 2011 Golden Gods Awards ceremony.

This year, A7X is nominated for best live band as well as in the most dedicated fans category. Korn, which also has strong O.C. roots, is nominated in several categories. Jonathan Davis is up for best vocalist, it's dubstep infused release, The Path of Totality, is nominated for album of the year, James "Munky" Shaffer is nominated in the new Riff Lord category and Reginald "Fieldy" Arvizu is nominated in the new Paul Gray best bassist category, which is named after the late Slipknot bassist.

The Grammy Museum will also debut its new exhibit, Golden Gods: The History of Heavy Metal, on April 11. The exhibit will include never-before-displayed instruments, stage props, handwritten lyrics, clothing and costumes, original artwork, posters and video of  live performances and rare interview footage.  During the press conference Shaffer donated the bagpipes that had been played by Korn's vocalist both in the studio and on stage for various tracks. Wendy Dio also donated the handwritten lyrics and music of Dio's track "Holy Diver."

Also new this year, Revolver has teamed up with Xbox Live to broadcast the awards ceremony as it happens.

"Now people around the world are going to be able to watch the show live and watch the awards as they're unveiled," Revolver Editor in Chief Brandon Geist says. "I think it's going to be huge and also the Xbox interactivity will be interesting because people will be able to tap into extra content from the artists as they're performing and chat about the show as they're watching it live. It's exciting to be on the cutting edge of the presentation of music in general but particularly metal music. It almost feels like we're at year one all over again."

Tickets to the Revolver Golden Gods Awards at 6:30 p.m. on April 11 at Club Nokia are on sale now. $36 general admission; Various VIP packages available from $99-$750. Ticketmaster.com.

And the 2012 Golden Gods Award nominees are...

Best Guitarist

Jinxx and Jake Pitts (Black Veil Brides)

Zoltan Bathory and Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch)

Willie Adler and Mark Morton (Lamb of God)

Robb Flynn and Phil Demmel (Machine Head)

Dave Mustaine and Chris Broderick (Megadeth)

Matt Heafy and Corey Beaulieu (Trivium)

Best Drummer

Charlie Benante (Anthrax)

Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)

Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters)

Chris Adler (Lamb of God)

Brann Dailor (Mastodon)

Tomas Haake (Meshuggah)

Best Vocalist

Sebastian Bach

Andy Biersack (Black Veil Brides)

James Durbin ("American Idol" finalist)

Amy Lee (Evanescence)

Ivan Moody (Five Finger Death Punch)

Jonathan Davis (Korn)

Album of the Year

Anthrax, Worship Music

Evanescence, Evanescence

Five Finger Death Punch, American Capitalist

Foo Fighters, Wasting Light

Korn, The Path of Totality

Lamb of God, Resolution

Best Live Band

Avenged Sevenfold

Foo Fighters

Guns N’ Roses

Judas Priest

Seether

Tool

Most Metal Athlete

Gina Carano (MMA fighting)

Brian Deegan (pro motocross)

Evan Longoria (MLB baseball)

Dirk Nowitzki (NBA basketball)

Mitch Petrus (NFL football)

CM Punk (WWE wrestling)

Comeback of the Year

Anthrax

Dream Theater

Evanescence

Ministry

Slipknot

Van Halen

Riff Lord

Scott Ian (Anthrax)

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society)

Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters)

Munky (Korn)

Slash

Eddie Van Halen (Van Halen)

Paul Gray Best Bassist

Frank Bello (Anthrax)

Michael Anthony (Chickenfoot)

Fieldy (Korn)

David Ellefson (Megadeth)

Nikki Sixx (Sixx:A.M.)

Wolfgang Van Halen (Van Halen)

Best International Band

Behemoth (Poland)

Lacuna Coil (Italy)

Rammstein (Germany)

Sepultura (Brazil)

Meshuggah (Sweden)

X Japan (Japan)

Most Dedicated Fans

Asking Alexandria

Avenged Sevenfold

Black Veil Brides

Evanescence

Falling in Reverse

HIM


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