Rock Music Alliance Announces Winners

The RMA Awards For Rock, Metal, Prog took place for the first time on April 4th. The nominees were announced earlier in the year, and then a vote took place among RMA members and their panel of judges to determine who would receive the awards. The winners were announced in a two-hour video streamed live on Facebook in which the award announcers appeared remotely from locations in the United States and Greece. Requirements to consider for RMAs are that the releases be within the eligibility period, be commercial quality recordings, and be some form of rock, metal, or progressive music. Some of the artists nominated and awarded this year include: Small Town Titans, Orianthi, Daughtry, Alter Bridge, Halestorm, Marilyn Manson, Slipknot, Kansas, Dream Theater, Gary Hoey, Jason Charles Miller, Ozzy Osbourne, Ross The Boss, Smackbound, Butcher Babies, In This Moment, Edge Of Paradise, Within Temptation, Lamb Of God, Rammstein, Nita Strauss, Angel Vivaldi. 127 RMA Awards have been announced, not including the Judges Spotlight Awards and the President’s Spotlight Awards, making this the largest RMA music awards show.

Eric Bettelli, Music Connection editor

The RMA Awards are produced by the Rock Music Alliance and when asked why start an awards organization for rock, metal and progressive music, RMA Founder and current President Cole Coleman explains: “It is clear at this point that other major awards organizations do not represent rock, metal and progressive music in any meaningful way to the public. If you’ve read about the founding of the Oscars, Grammys, or CMAs for country music, part of their original purpose was to promote the new releases of the year to the public and to reward artistic achievement; and it hasn’t been done for rock music as a whole for twenty years; and so the general public perception is that rock music is falling into oblivion. It is not the case at all. There is a thriving, growing and evolving community of rock, metal and prog musicians around the world. I’m the inventor of the Thimble Slide guitar slide and I travel to the US, Canada and parts of Europe selling my product at music gear shows and what I hear people listening to outside the big cities when I travel these are rock varieties. , metal and blues rock. The genres of rock I see developing in the US and Europe are hard rock/alternative metal, symphonic/gothic rock/metal, and instrumental rock/metal. You don’t have to look far on Instagram to see dozens of young musicians showing off their shredding skills or young rock and metal bands launching their careers. It’s just that it’s not represented to the public like other genres of music are. That’s certainly our goal with the Rock Music Alliance and the RMA Awards; it’s our mission statement: “To create awareness of new rock, metal and prog releases and to provide professional recognition of excellence to the musicians who create them.” “”