My thoughts on the 2010 Revolver Golden Gods Awards

This was the second annual Revolver Golden Gods Awards and the first to be broadcast on VH1 Classic (was the first on Fuse TV?). The awards took place in April and aired last night on VH1 Classic at 10PM as a one-hour special. Revolver is a hard rock & heavy metal magazine based in the U.S. I’ve never bought an issue but just by flipping through it a few times in the last couple of years, they seem to focus more on the current metal scene than anything else but don’t come across as a genre band-riding fanzine like other U.S. metal mags Metal Edge, Circus or Hit Parader have.

I knew “Golden Gods” sounded familiar. Apparently this awards show is going to co-exist with the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards (both magazines are owned by Future Publishing, which also publishes the amazing Classic Rock magazine). Both shows have similar categories but their nominees aren’t always the same. Basically, the Revolver show caters more to America and Metal Hammer more to England. I can understand that as there’s often a big difference between both countries in terms of rock and metal preferences but I think having them both billed as “Golden Gods Awards” is a bit confusing and unnecessary. I guess they’re betting on fans in both countries to not care enough about the other to realize there are two of these shows.

The show itself was okay but the editing was HORRIBLE. I’m sure this event easily was about three hours in length so why they decided to chop it down to one hour of “highlights” is beyond me. There was so much jumping around it was annoying, no segment had time to breathe. As soon as a band was done playing, the show clipped to the next batch of presenters rambling off the list nominees.

In my opinion, an event that brings together Chris Jericho (host), Andrew W.K. (host), Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Slash, Ozzy, Ronnie James Dio, Vinnie Paul, Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Dave Mustaine, Jerry Cantrell, Zakk Wylde, Joey Vera, Rob Halford, Kerry King, et cetera, et cetera is a HUGE event and should be treated like such. The whole set up was cheap looking and was not helped by the intimate little venue it was booked to be held in. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the idea of the Golden Gods, I LOVE that VH1 Classic aired it, I just wish better care was given to the editing and the production of the show in general. Hopefully, the show did decent numbers and Future will pump a little more money into the show next year.

I guess I shouldn’t be too harsh on an awards show that is only in it’s second year but it would really help if they took the time to explain what the categories were all about and what they meant. Obviously “best guitarist” is self-explantory but one example is the actual Golden God Award. There was no build up given to this award. Ozzy announced what the award was the handed it over to Rob Halford. TELL US WHAT IT MEANS! In addition to that, another cool feature would have been maybe some clips of Halford footage and a narration telling us why Rob deserved to be “honored” with this award. Things like that go a long way in making the show and the individual awards feel special. This goes for all the awards. Show some clips of the best guitarist shredding, show a graphic of each nominated album of the year as you’re reading the list of nominees, etc. It’s pretty easy.

Again, the idea is great but the execution was lacking. Hopefully as the years go on, this will become a bigger and better hard rock & heavy metal awards show. They’ll know what worked, what didn’t work, hopefully get a bigger budget, hopefully get some more airtime on whatever station it ends up airing on.

Of note, the late, great Ronnie James Dio won Best Vocalist for his work in Heaven & Hell. How cool is that? This was Ronnie’s last public appearance and you couldn’t even tell he was sick. It’s so sad that just a few weeks after this was filmed the cancer took a turn for the worse and took Ronnie away from us.

Check out Ronnie accepting the award:

Complete list of winners:

Revolver Golden God Award: Rob Halford
Revolver Golden Gods Lifetime Achievement Award: Lemmy Kilmister
Album Of The Year: Alice In Chains – Black Gives Way To Blue
Best Vocalist: Ronnie James Dio
Best Guitarist: Zakk Wylde
Best Drummer: Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan
Best Live Band: Metallica
Comeback Of The Year: Alice In Chains
Best Underground Band: The Dillinger Escape Plan
Hottest Chick In Metal: Maria Brink

Posted on May 23, 2010, in News and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. metalodyssey

    Excellent choice of Metal words here. You know what it is? Why this awards show is set up this way? It’s the “white collar” producers who “think” they know the Metal fans and what their retention span is about. Hello!!! There are “millions” of Metalheads out there who have intellect and want from an awards show… exactly what you described.

    I can’t fault Revolver Magazine for this… it’s the turtleneck wearing producers and executives at VH1. These are the same people that probably Rock out to ABBA behind the scenes.

    I think the Metal world of Maria Brink… she is much more than just the “Hottest Chick In Metal”… she is an incredible vocalist that should be honored for that alone. “Best Female Vocalist” anyone at Revolver Magazine?


    • I don’t even know who Maria Brink is but I googled image searched her and yeah — she’s pretty hot. 😀

      • metalodyssey

        Maria Brink sings for In This Moment. I “think” you would “dig” their second album… “The Dream”, released in 2008. Very melodic, with a nod to some “Old School” Heavy Metal riffs and song structure.

        Maria growls and screams quite a bit on their debut album… “The Dream” is a totally different listen into what In This Moment and Maria Brink are really capable of. Don’t get me wrong though, I like Maria’s growls and screams as much as her crooning too. “The Dream” is just simply put… a great album of songs.


  2. Dr. Feelgood

    Darn, I was planning on recording this and I forgot to, oh well, I was really just wanting to see this part and see what they say about Dio, I thought it was a live event, not an event recorded before, at least I got to see the best part. I wonder what it was like to be back stage having Dio and Ozzy together, I wonder what there feelings toward each other are, do they hate eachother, is there a friendly rivalry, maybe they are friends, the latter is probably not true but I always wondered what they thought about each other and if they have ever met in person, well Ronnie James Dio will as I have said before, live forever becasue gods don’t die, in latin dio=god, and Long Live Rock ‘N’ Roll is one of my favorite Rainbow songs besides Man On the Silver mountain and Gates of Babylon. Also I have been listening to Live Evil by Black Sabbath and I highly suggest you pick iy up, it is my favorite live album and you would most likely enjoy it too

    • Yep, I got Live Evil a few weeks ago. Gave it a spin last Monday. Good stuff!

      I’m sure Dio probably didn’t stick around too long at the show, who knows if he ever ran into Ozzy. What I want to know is that story behind that picture of them together in the early ’80s.

  3. I just watched it Sunday afternoon, after That Metal Show and Dedicated To Dio. I also thought that they editing was terrible but I’m not at all surprised, MTV Networks have been dissing Metal since around 1991 or 1992. A 2 hour special would have been good but at least VH-1 Classic aired it. Good to see RJD win the best vocalist award and he looks good on stage. With all those Metal greats in one place, it would have been cool to get an all-star jam or something.

    • Exactly! The only “all star” jam we got was Brian Posehn’s performance! I know that guy is a huge metal fan but don’t put him on the show when there’s very little airtime available.

    • metalodyssey

      Amen to your comment – “MTV Networks have been dissing Metal since around 1991 or 1992.” It’s just a “Hollywood” version of what the executives see through their $25,000 sunglasses.


    • Dr. Feelgood

      oh wow, well they are giving each other the eye, ozzy looks like he just came out of the shower with a towel aorund his waist or something haha

      • I’m curious as to where they would have even been to be around each other and why they would even bother meeting in the first place! Must’ve been a festival or something.

  4. Dr. Feelgood

    I don’t know, I am convinced that this is in Ozzy’s backyard early in the morning and Ozzy walks out of the shower puts a towel around his waist and walks to the back sliding door and they stair at eachother because they both know that they aren’t in black sabbath (this is after mob rules tour where dio left) and they are giving each other the eye like what is going to happen, this is just my alternate universe, or if you watch Lost then it is the Sideways World, well thank you for the picture, it is know my background

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