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Paramore to Join Billy Corgan and Joan Jett At the First Annual AP Music Awards

Paramore are among the latest artists to be added to the line-up of the AP Music Awards, the first annual event hosted by the Alternative Press in association with Monster Energy Drink. The ceremony is set to take place on 21 July at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio and will be hosted by Mark Hoppus of Blink-182 fame.

‘For nearly thirty years, Alternative Press has been the leading voice in cutting-edge music and lifestyle,’ said AP publisher Mike Shea in a statement. ‘Now we can finally have a night of our own. I look forward to celebrating several generations’ worth of artists from the ever-growing AP community, from Joan Jett and the Blackhearts to Fall Out Boy to the current Warped Tour headliners.’

The event was first announced in April when the AP revealed their debut awards show would include performances from the Misfits, Panic! At the Disco singer Brendon Urie and punk icon Joan Jett, fresh from her appearance alongside Nirvana at this year’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ‘This is not only going to be an amazing night for Alternative Press, but for the true fans, the musicians, the labels and the industry at large,’ added Shea.

Of the artists to be recipients of awards at the first event is Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, whose songwriting will be recognised with the Vanguard Award. Corgan’s group enjoyed considerable acclaim during the 1990s with the classic rock albums Siamese Dream and Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, while their 1995 song Bullet with Butterfly Wings became a staple of MTV over the next few years.

We Came As Romans, Miss May I and Machine Gun Kelly have recently been added to the line-up, although the most high-profiled of the artists is Paramore. Formed in Franklin, Tennessee when singer Hayley Williams was fifteen, Paramore signed with Fueled by Ramen for their debut album All We Know Is Falling. The band achieved Platinum status with their follow-up Riot! a year later, while finally making it into the US top ten earlier this year with their song Ain’t It Fun.

They were the subject of controversy in 2010 when when siblings Josh and Zac Farro, who played guitar and drums, respectively, abruptly quit the band. ‘Zac and I had a garage band in high school with the intentions of just making music for the love of it…We obviously needed a lead singer and one day Zac met Hayley,’ explained Josh Farro in a blog post shortly after their departure. ‘Months down the road things changed and this band became all about Hayley.’

Billy Corgan, Joan Jett and Hayley Williams

Billy Corgan, Joan Jett and Hayley Williams

On 22 June, Paramore and Fall Out Boy appeared at the Xfinity Center in Mansfield, Massachusetts with support from New Politics and LOLO. ‘The groups got equal stage time, a solid if brisk seventy-five minutes,’ stated the Boston Globe. ‘And if Fall Out Boy’s closing slot suggested a pecking order, at least Paramore had the luxury of not having to hurry through its finale in order to meet curfew.

Fall Out Boy were among the first artists announced for the AP Music Awards alongside All Time Low and A Day to Remember. Corgan’s involvement was initially to merely appear at the event, but he has since been added to list of performers at the event. Regarding his role at the ceremony, Hoppus said, ‘I’m very pleased with AP’s poor decision to choose me as host of the 2014 AP Awards. I will do my best to make them regret their selection.’


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