Alt. Press Music Awards draw big name musicians to Cleveland

Big names in Cleveland for the APMAs (Source: WOIO)
Big names in Cleveland for the APMAs (Source: WOIO)
Alternative Press Music Awards (Source: WOIO)
Alternative Press Music Awards (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Monday night was an exciting night in Cleveland as a lot of big names in music headed to the Alternative Press Music Awards.

The APMAs were at Key Bank State Theatre in Playhouse Square after a last minute venue change from the Quickens Loan Arena.

The awards show is in its fourth year.

It's held here in Cleveland because Alternative Press Magazine started right here to showcase bands who aren't as mainstream.

We caught up with musicians on the red carpet before the big show- from All Time Low to Sleeping with Sirens and Plain White T's.

Fans lined the red carpet and were thrilled when they got the chance to snap a selfie with their favorite band.

"A lot of bands met fans, took pictures, they were all so nice, it's amazing," said Whitney from Beachwood.

Cleveland natives Bone Thugs told us why they love having the APMAs in their hometown.

"It's real big to us for Cleveland to have such a big stage and means so much for us right here in our hometown, it just feels really good," they said.

The big star of the night was Machine Gun Kelly, a Cleveland native who blew up on the national music charts this year.

"That was the dream. I always imagined walking up to a place like this and people freaking out. I don't really have an answer for it, it's all surreal to me. I feel like I've been at a certain level for so long for this to explode, it is weird," Machine Gun Kelly said.

Andrew McMahon of Something Corporate and Jack's Mannequin grew up in Columbus and opened for Billy Joel Friday night.

"My very first concert was seeing Billy Joel in Cleveland at the old Richfield Colosseum when I was 11 or 12 in 1994. So to be invited back, to open the show for Billy here in the same place before was pretty exciting," McMahon said.

"I love coming back here, every year I come back in the last five or six years it keeps growing and booming," he said.

Events like this are a hit for Cleveland and Ohio. State Rep. Kent Smith (D-8th District) says he wants more musicians to come to Ohio.

He introduced a bill this session to give tax credits to musicians.

"There's a lot of music history in Ohio and this is just a way to grow Ohio's creative talents by keeping creative people in the state, furthering the economy and sending more people to the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame," Smith said.

To check out who walked away with awards, visit the APMAs website.

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