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Another year, another awards edition. 2016 certainly shaped up to be eventful in the world of metal music. From Twisted Sister's disbandment announcement to Freddy Lim (ChthoniC) being elected to the Taiwanese Government and from Phil Anselmo's 'racist' spat to Lynchpin (Trinidad & Tobago) becoming the first Caribbean Metal band to play Wacken Open Air.
The 2016 GMA Awards received the biggest total of votes in GMA's history, a grand total of 66,785 votes from all corners of the globe were cast and needless to say whilst some categories were dominated throughout, over the last 2 weeks or so some categories saw many nominees change places as the voting continued, with some finishing extremely close-to-the-wire.
This year as it's our 5th anniversary we will acknowledge the 2nd and 3rd placed nominees as runner-ups and along with the winners, will receive a certificate cementing their place in GMA Awards history. All that's left is the GMA releases of the year by country, this will come in due course.
From the Global Metal Apocalypse editor and owner Rhys Stevenson, I thank everyone who voted and made this possible - I run GMA entirely by myself, in my free time, often working on it till 11pm at night, so my gratitude to those who support me cannot be more expressed than is already. Thanks!
I have included a gallery showing the breakdown of the votes per category to show you how the voters voted. The GMA Awards 2017 will commence Thursday 14th December and close Friday 29th December, so until then have a great last few days of 2016 and a very metal, but happy new year!
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Metallica - Hardwired... to Self-Destruct (Taking 27.7% of the votes)
BEST LIVE ACT
Iron Maiden (UK) (Taking 34.6% of the votes)
BREAKING METAL SCENE
New Zealand (Taking 22% of the votes)
NEWS EVENT OF THE YEAR
Twisted Sister announce their splitting-up (Taking 35.7% of the votes)
FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
Bloodstock Open Air (UK) (Taking 26.6% of the votes)
MUSIC VIDEO OF THE YEAR
Myrath - Believer (Taking 22.7% if the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH AFRICAN BAND
Iron Sliver (Gabon) (Taking 17.1% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH ASIAN BAND
Plecto Aliquem Capite (Sri Lanka) (Taking 22.1% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH AUSTRALASIAN BAND
Chronolyth (Australia) (Taking 12.9% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH EUROPEAN BAND
MindAhead (Italy) (Taking 18.9% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH UK BAND
Agrona (Wales) (Taking 23.7% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICAN BAND
Storm (Hawaii) (Taking 49.6% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH SOUTH AMERICAN BAND
Soulcrusher (Chile) (Taking 24.5% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH INTERNATIONAL BAND
Myrath (Tunisia) (Taking 35.3% of the votes)
BREAKTHROUGH NON-METAL BAND / ARTIST
Chvrches (Scotland) (Taking 14.7% of the votes)
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