The first-ever Gibson Brands Alternative Press Music Awards went off without a hitch yesterday (July 21) outside the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame And Museum in Cleveland, Ohio. Hosted by Mark Hoppus, CM Punk and Juliet Simms and broadcast live on AXS TV, the nearly 4-hour awards show was a who’s who of Warped Tour and alt rock staples.
Fall Out Boy, Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco, Slash and Pierce the Veil were among the big winners at the ceremony, with the former four-piece scoring a nod for artist of the year. Slash additionally received the awards’ Guitar Legend honor.
But as with most music awards ceremonies, the trophies weren’t the only form of entertainment. The AP Music Awards included a number of live performances, some of which featured intriguing collaborations between artists old and new, similar and not-so-similar.
1. Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie Flies Us to the Moon
Fresh from his stand-off with the Westboro Baptist Church, Panic! At The Disco‘s Brendon Urie from opened up the awards show with a performance of Frank Sinatra‘s “Luck Be A Lady” and “Fly Me To The Moon,” backed by the Contemporary Youth Orchestra.
2. Falling in Reverse Scores Coolio for “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Yep, that Coolio. Falling In Reverse‘s Ronnie Radke was joined on stage by Tayler Carter and the one and only ’90s star rapper for a rocked-up, orchestrated rendition of “Gangsta’s Paradise.” L.V. was nowhere to be found.