Iron Maiden, Asking Alexandria and Creeper all win at Metal Hammer Golden God Awards

Asking Alexandria
Image caption Asking Alexandria picked up best British band at the Metal Hammer Golden God Awards

Iron Maiden, Asking Alexandria and Creeper all picked up prizes at this year's Metal Hammer Golden God awards.

The acts won best album, UK band and breakthrough act respectively at the event.

Former Slipknot drummer Joey Jordison was named Golden God and follows in the footsteps of Marilyn Manson and Megadeth's Dave Mustaine.

There was also a special tribute to Lemmy, the Motorhead frontman, who died in December last year.

Asking Alexandria guitarist Cameron Liddell was celebrating his birthday at the awards.

"I could not be happier, the best birthday present ever," he told Newsbeat after they won the award for best British band.

He got a few other gifts too, including some red wine from his bandmate James.

"[I also got] a nice box of chocolates from my mum and dad, which was awesome," he said.

Motorhead's Phil Campbell was name Riff Lord and also took part in a musical tribute to Lemmy
Image caption Motorhead's Phil Campbell was name Riff Lord and also took part in a musical tribute to Lemmy

"It's a privilege and an honour," added drummer James Cassells.

"We were here in 2013 to win the breakthrough act and now we are here, it's just awesome."

It has been quite a big seven days for the band which kicked off last Wednesday when they headlined Radio 1's Rock Day at Maida Vale.

And they followed that by picking up best British band at the Kerrang! Awards the next day.

"I think it could probably be one of the most epic weeks the band has had," Cameron said.

Creeper
Image caption Creeper won the best newcomer prize

Asking Alexandria weren't the only band picking up both a Kerrang! and a Metal Hammer Golden God award.

Creeper were named best new band at both award shows.

"I can't believe it," said singer Will Gould.

Saxon and Motorhead pay tribute to Lemmy
Image caption Saxon and Motorhead pay tribute to Lemmy

"When I was a kid I used to read Metal Hammer (magazine) all the time, so it is incredible for me and the rest of the band that they have supported us in this way."

The night ended with Saxon performing with Motorhead guitarist Phil Campbell and drummer Mikkey Dee, playing Lemmy's three favourite Saxon tracks and then three of Motorhead's classics.

Anthrax
Image caption Anthrax won the inspiration award

"I miss him every day," Phil Campbell told us.

"I'm sure everyone does, even people that met him, miss him. He was unique."

Phil says it's the first time they've performed since his death.

"For the first three months it was shock and now reality is kicking in.

"I can't go downstairs on the tour bus and see him and go, 'Hey Lemmy, you played too loud tonight' and he would shout back, 'Only because you did'."

And the winners were...

Best new band - Creeper

Best underground - Enslaved

Best UK band - Asking Alexandria

Best international band - Ghost

Breakthrough - Beartooth

Best live band - Lamb Of God

Best independent label - Prosthetic Records

Dimebag Darrell 'Shredder' award - Lzzy Hale (Halestorm)

Best album - The Book Of Souls by Iron Maiden

Riff Lord - Phil Campbell

Inspiration - Anthrax

Icon - Nikki Sixx

Global metal band - Chthonic

Golden God - Joey Jordison

Best video - Parkway Drive

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