Contributed by Joe Francis, the following is a 2017 summary of bands (disbanded, reformed), deaths, events and awards. Feel free to add what you thought was important in 2017 in the comments!

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  • Bands Disbanded

NEW YORK, NY – FEBRUARY 25: Ozzy Osbourne performs with Black Sabbath onstage at Madison Square Garden on February 25, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage)

• Amoral
• Black Sabbath
• Dark Sermon
• The Dillinger Escape Plan
• Hail of Bullets
• HIM
• In Dying Arms
• Letlive
• Marionette
• Poured Out
• Spawn of Possession
• Textures
• Those Who Fear
• Trap Them
• Vanna
• Your Memorial

  • Bands Reformed

Sadus

• Big Dumb Face
• Carnivore A.D.
• Chimaira (one-off show)
• Eighteen Visions
• Exhorder
• Heavy Load
• Light This City
• Lionheart
• Nachtmystium
• Sadus

  • Events

Aerosmith’s final tour? Aero-Vederci Baby!

• On February 2 and 4, Black Sabbath played their final two shows at the Genting Arena in Birmingham. These dates were the final two dates of the band’s farewell tour The End.
• On May 4, 2017, Overkill announced that Jason Bittner replaced Ron Lipnicki as the drummer for the band.
• Aerosmith embarked on what may be their final tour after 47 years together, titled the Aero-Vederci Baby! tour.
• Canadian festival Heavy Montreal took year off, returning in July 2018.
• Vio-lence singer Sean Killian was diagnosed with stage four liver cirrhosis.

  • Deaths

• January 28 Geoff Nicholls, former keyboardist of Black Sabbath, died from lung cancer at the age of 68.
• January 31 John Wetton, former bassist of Uriah Heep, died from cancer at the age of 67.
• February 8 Tony “It” Särkkä, former multi-instrumentalist of Abruptum, Ophthalamia, VondurandWar, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 45.
• February 13 Trish Doan, bassist of Kittie, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 31.
• February 25 Rick Chavez, guitarist of Drive, died from internal bleeding.
• March 21 Gabriel “Negru” Mafa, drummer of NegurăBunget, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 42.
• April 5 Paul O’Neill, guitarist and founder of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died from an intoxication of various prescription medication at the age of 61.
• April 27 Jeff Decker, former guitarist of Thor, died from a heart attack.
• May 17 Chris Cornell, vocalist and guitarist of Soundgarden, died from suicide by hanging himself at the age of 52.
• May 27 Guillermo Sánchez, bassist of Rata Blanca, died from a septicemia.
• June 28 Nic Ritter, former drummer of Warbringer, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 37.
• July 14 David Zablidowsky, bassist of Adrenaline Mob and Trans-Siberian Orchestra, died in a tour bus accident.
• July 20 Chester Bennington, vocalist of Linkin Park, died from suicide by hanging himself at the age of 41.
• September 22 Eric Eycke, former vocalist of Corrosion of Conformity, died from undisclosed reasons.
• October 21 Martin Eric Ain, bassist of Celtic Frost, died from a heart attack at the age of 50.
• October 22 Daisy Berkowitz, former guitarist of Marilyn Manson, died from colon cancer at the age of 49.
• November 1 Scott Wily, former vocalist of Vital Remains, died from undisclosed reasons.
• November 7 Whitey Glan, former drummer of Alice Cooper, died from lung cancer at the age of 71.
• November 9 Chuck Mosley, former vocalist of Faith No More, died from undisclosed reasons at the age of 57.
• December 13 Warrel Dane, vocalist of Sanctuary and Nevermore, died from a heart attack at the age of 56.

Zakk Wylde – photo credits: Grizzlee Martin, Loudwire

  • HARD ROCK ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by FRONTIERS MUSIC SRL

Stone Sour
• In This Moment
• Korn
• Papa Roach
• Pretty Reckless
• Starset

  • METAL ARTIST OF THE YEAR presented by BLACKCRAFT

Avenged Sevenfold
• Body Count
• Code Orange
• Mastodon
• Metallica
• Power Trip

  • HARD ROCK ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by THE MUSIC EXPERIENCE

Stone Sour, Hydrograd
• At the Drive In, In• Ter • A• Li• A
• Highly Suspect, The Boy Who Died Wolf
• Papa Roach, Crooked Teeth
• Royal Thunder, WICK
• Starset, Vessels

  • METAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR presented by RAZOR & TIE

Avenged Sevenfold, The Stage
• Body Count, Bloodlust
• Code Orange, Forever
• Mastodon, Emperor of Sand
• MetallicA, Hardwired…To Self-Destruct
• Power Trip, Nightmare Logic

  • HARD ROCK SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC

I Prevail, “Alone”
• Foo Fighters, “Run”
• Fozzy, “Judas”
• Nothing More, “Go to War”
• Of Mice & Men, “Unbreakable”
• Starset, “Monster”

  • METAL SONG OF THE YEAR presented by APPLE MUSIC

Power Trip, “Executioner’s Tax (Swing of the Axe)”
• Body Count, “No Lives Matter”
• DragonForce, “Ashes of the Dawn”
• Municipal Waste, “Amateur Sketch”
• Obituary, “Sentence Day”
• Pallbearer, “I Saw The End”

  • BEST LIVE BAND presented by eONE

Iron Maiden
• Amon Amarth
• Anthrax
• Behemoth
• The Dillinger Escape Plan
• Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

  • MOST DEDICATED FANS presented by BMG/RISE

Babymetal
• Blink-182
• Halestorm
• I Prevail
• Iron Maiden
• Rammstein

  • BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by APPLE MUSIC

Beartooth
• Avatar
• Bloodclot
• Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes
• King Woman
• Royal Thunder

  • BEST NEW ARTIST presented by CENTURY MEDIA

Greta Van Fleet
• Black Map
• Cover Your Tracks
• Ded
• Gone Is Gone
• Zeal &Ardor

  • BEST VOCALIST presented by FEARLESS RECORDS

Chester Bennington, Linkin Park
• Maria Brink, In This Moment
• Bruce Dickinson, Iron Maiden
• Myles Kennedy, Alter Bridge
• MLNY Parsonz, Royal Thunder
• Corey Taylor, Stone Sour

  • BEST GUITARIST presented by PRS GUITARS

Zakk Wylde, Ozzy Osbourne/Zakk Sabbath
• Tosin Abasi, Animals as Leaders
• Synyster Gates & Zacky Vengeance, Avenged Sevenfold
• Brent Hinds & Bill Kelliher, Mastodon
• Dave Mustaine & KikoLoureiro, Megadeth
• Mark Tremonti, Alter Bridge

  • BEST DRUMMER presented by ROCKIN’ ROASTIN’ COFFEE

Mario Duplantier, Gojira
• Charlie Benante, Anthrax
• Brann Dailor, Mastodon
• Tomas Haake, Meshuggah
• Matt Greiner, August Burns Red
• Vinnie Paul, Hellyeah

  • BEST BASSIST presented by INDIGO HOTELS

Steve Harris, Iron Maiden
• Frank Bello, Anthrax
• Derek Boyer, Suffocation
• Rex Brown, Rex Brown
• Matt Freeman, Rancid
• Mike Kerr, Royal Blood

  • OTHERS

The COURAGE AWARDTony Iommi
The LEMMY AWARD presented by EAGLE ROCK ENTERTAINMENT – Rob Halford of JUDAS PRIEST
HUMANITARIAN AWARD presented by AXS TV – Sammy Hagar

Megadeth wins Best Metal Performance

  • BEST ROCK ALBUM

Cage the Elephant – Tell Me I’m Pretty
• Blink182 – California
• Gojira – Magma
• Panic! at the Disco – Death of a Bachelor
• Weezer – Weezer

  • BEST ROCK SONG

David Bowie – “Blackstar” (David Bowie)
• Radiohead – “Burn the Witch” (Radiohead)
• James Hetfield & Lars Ulrich – “Hardwired” (MetallicA)
• Tyler Joseph – “Heathens” (Twenty One Pilots)
• Richard Meyer, Ryan Meyer & Johnny Stevens – “My Name Is Human” (Highly Suspect)

  • BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE

David Bowie – “Blackstar”
• Alabama Shakes – “Joe (Live from Austin City Limits)”
• Beyoncé featuring Jack White – “Don’t Hurt Yourself”
• Disturbed – “The Sound of Silence”
• Twenty One Pilots – “Heathens”

  • BEST METAL PERFORMANCE

Megadeth – “Dystopia”
• Baroness – “Shock Me”
• Gojira – “Silvera”
• Korn – “Rotting in Vain”
• Periphery – “The Price Is Wrong”

The winner of Best International Band presented by PPL is Gojira

  • BEST ALBUM presented by EMP

Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph / Producers: Fredrik Nordström + Henrik Udd)
• Deftones – Gore (Reprise / Producer: Matt Hyde)
• Every Time I Die – Low Teens (Epitaph / Producer: Will Putney)
• Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner / Producer: Joe Duplantier)
• MetallicA – Hardwired… To Self-Destruct (Blackened / Producer: Greg Fidelman)
• Oathbreaker – Rheia (Deathwish / Producer: Jack Shirley)
• Thrice – To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere (Vagrant / Producer: Eric Palmquist)

  • BEST UK BAND presented by Uprawr

Black Sabbath (Vertigo)
• Architects (Epitaph)
• Biffy Clyro (Warner)
• Black Peaks (Easy Life)
• Bring Me The Horizon (Columbia)
• Creeper (Roadrunner)
• Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)

  • BEST INTERNATIONAL BAND presented by PPL

Gojira (Roadrunner)
• A Day To Remember (ADTR)
• Beartooth (Red Bull)
• Deftones (Reprise)
• Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
• Ghost (Loma Vista)
• MetallicA (Blackened)

  • BEST LIVE BAND presented by Eagle Rock Entertainment

Enter Shikari (Ambush Reality)
• Architects (Epitaph)
• The Dillinger Escape Plan (Party Smasher)
• Every Time I Die (Epitaph)
• Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes (International Death Cult)
• Ghost (Loma Vista)
• Gojira (Roadrunner)

  • BEST BREAKTHROUGH BAND presented by House of Vans London

I Prevail (Fearless)
• Black Peaks (Easy Life)
• Black Foxxes (Universal)
• Casey (Hassle)
• Dead! (Infectious)
• Venom Prison (Prosthetic)
• Zeal &Ardor (Radicalis / MVKA)

  • BEST ALBUM ARTWORK presented by The Pit

Ghost – Popestar (Loma Vista)
• Architects – All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us (Epitaph)
• Black Foxxes – I’m Not Well (Universal)
• Deftones – Gore (Reprise)
• Gojira – Magma (Roadrunner)
• Meshuggah – The Violent Sleep Of Reason (Nuclear Blast)
• Opeth – Sorceress (Moderbolaget / Nuclear Blast)

  • BEST PRODUCER presented by Believe

Fredrik Nordström & Henrik Udd
• Tom Dalgety
• John Feldmann
• Greg Fidelman
• Matt Hyde
• Dan Lancaster
• Will Putney

  • BEST PHOTOGRAPHER presented by Olympus

Ben Gibson
• Tom Barnes
• Corinne Cumming
• Ross Halfin
• Paul Harries
• Jennifer McCord
• John McMurtrie

  • BEST FESTIVAL presented by Jackson Guitars

Download Festival, Donington
• 2000 Trees Festival, Cheltenham
• ArcTanGent, Compton Martin
• Bloodstock Open Air, Derby
• Desertfest, London
• Reading & Leeds Festival
• Slam Dunk Festival, Birmingham / Hatfield / Leeds

  • BEST VENUE presented by Scuzz

O2 Academy, Brixton
• Black Heart, Camden
• The Dome, Tufnell Park
• KOKO, Camden
• O2 Forum, Kentish Town
• Rock City, Nottingham
• The Underworld, Camden