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What are the Heavy Music Awards?

Following its launch in March 2017, the Heavy Music Awards – the only fully independent, fully democratic programme of its kind on earth – has established itself as one of the most exciting events on the heavy music calendar.

The HMAs shine a spotlight on artists, producers, venues, festivals and designers who’s incredible talent deserves the attention of the wider world. To achieve this, we have a judging panel of several hundred key music industry figures nominating the finalists, before the public votes on the winners. In 2017, we received almost 100,000 votes from the general public.

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How it works

The Panel

The first step of the HMA process sees members of the HMA Voting Panel nominate their top threes for each category, covering artists, photographers, designers, producers, venues and festivals. The panel comprises those who work in the music industry in a professional or semi-professional capacity. The HMAs as an organisation and its staff are not involved in the voting process in any way.

The Public

Once the nominations are completed, the lists are tallied up to create shortlists of seven finalists in each category. The lists of finalists are announced at the HMA18 Launch Event on 25 April, at Gorilla, Manchester. To enter the ballot for free tickets, click here (14+).

At this point the shortlists are made available for public voting.

The Winners

The winners are announced at the Heavy Music Awards 2018 on 23 August at KOKO, London. Anyone who votes is entered into the ballot to win tickets (strictly 18+).



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